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  • Hirosaki Castle Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
    Hirosaki castle was completed in 1611. In 1627 the castle was struck by lightning and burnt from the fifth level of the keep to the ground. The castle stood without a tower for the following 200 years, but in 1810, the ninth lord of the Tsugaru Clan Yasuchika rebuilt a three-layered keep in the southwest corner of the grounds. It is called “Gosankai Yagura” and is the castle you can see today. It is now used as historical center exhibiting historical materials of the feudal era.
  • Hirosaki Park
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    4.5
    484 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
    This is a park in the center of Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, established on the grounds of Hirosaki Castle. Many elements inside the park are designated as important cultural assets of Japan, and visitors can see remains of the feudal era including the castle tower, five castle gates and a watchtower. With a moat surrounded by Japan’s oldest Somei Yoshino cherry trees, it is known as one of the prefecture’s leading cherry blossom spots. Many visitors come for the spring cherry blossom festival, as well as the autumn leaves festival and winter snow lantern festival, with several events going on throughout the year.

    Hirosaki Park was very beautiful in autumn when the foliage changed colors. At the day of our visit, it was raining but the environment was still very impressive. Apart from the castle, we have...

  • Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
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    4.5
    105 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamishiroganechou 8-1
    Kenichi Fujita, who was born in Hirosaki City and served as the first president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, invited gardeners from Tokyo to make the garden reminiscent of Edo while he established a separate residence in 1919. The total area is about 21,800 square meters in size, which is the second largest garden next to Hiraizumi Motsuji Temple Garden in the Tohoku district. It is divided into a high mountain area and a low ground area. You can enjoy iris and azalea flowers in the lowland area.

    The garden is part of the Castle Gardens complex which also includes an Arboretum and castle ruins. The garden is modest in size at 22 m2, so one could walk round in ~15-minutes – but go leisurely...

  • Hirosaki City Apple Park
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimizutomita Terasawa 125
    This is a park and tourist facility in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, where one can experience local specialty apple production. From common to rare there are around 80 varieties of apples on 1,500 trees. In the production experience garden one can stroll freely through the grounds, and from the beginning of August to mid-November one can pick and eat the apples. In the garden there is an “apple house” to learn more about apples, a reconstructed farmer’s residence displaying agricultural equipment, open areas and picnic spots too.

    Ringo no Ie is a nice restaurant/shop in Apple Park. It has a lot of Hirosaki goods, apples and good food. It's a good place for lunch before continuing further, or back towards Hirosaki downtown...

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    168 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamenokoumachi 61
    This is an experience-based tourist facility in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, themed on local culture including the Hirosaki Neputa festival and the Tsugaru region. The permanent exhibition features displays on Hirosaki Neputa and accompanying musical demonstrations. One can learn about local craftwork and have a production experience, and in the Tsugaru shamisen corner one can not only listen to a live performance but also try playing the shamisen under the guidance of a professional. There is also a free to enter shopping area offering locally-produced vegetables, apples and handicrafts.

    Visited the place for about 45 minutes with a tour group. It’s good in a sense that it’s a one-stop trail to learn about the interesting local culture, music (drums & shamisen) performances and...

  • Tanakaya
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Ichibanchou Horn
    This is an old lacquer shop located a five-minute walk from Hirosaki Park, established in 1897. The storefront is unique for its blackened pillars using wood taken from a former municipal building. Inside the shop are Tsugaru lacquered items from chopsticks to low tables, using various coatings including Karanuri, Nanakonuri, or Susukinuri. In the sub-basement is a tea room with relaxing atmosphere. In the attached Tsugaru Lacquer Museum, one can observe a Tsugaru lacquer workshop through glass.
  • Shirakami-Sanchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Prefecture, Akita Prefecture
    Shirakami-Sanchi is the general name for an extensive mountain range that extends from the southwestern part of Aomori Prefecture to the northwestern part of Akita Prefecture, and the area was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1993. Natural beech forests are distributed throughout this area which protects a precious ecosystem inhabited by a variety of wild plants and animals and is said to be the largest in East Asia.
  • Iwakiyama-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    143 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Hyakuzawa Terasawa
    With a history of approximately 1,200 years since it was built and believed to enshrine the guardian deity of agricultural and fishing industries, Iwakiyama-jinja Shrine is also called by its other names of “O-Iwaki-sama” and “O-yama.” The long path leading from the torii gate to the honden (main shrine) is flanked on either side by sugi (Japanese cryptomeria trees). The premises feature a honden, haiden (hall of worship), okumon (inner gate), and romon (two-storied gate) all arranged in a line, and these beautiful structures have been designated as Important Cultural Properties.

    This shrine should be far better to visit in spring. Bus from the Hirosaki station is not very frequent and the shrine closes @4 pm according to the tourist information. If you just pray and explore...

  • Anmon-no-taki Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nakatsugarugunnishimeyamura Kawaratai Okawazoe
    Shirakami-Sanchi became Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993 because it's home to a variety of rare plants and animals. Anmon-no-taki Waterfalls in the Shirakami Mountains consists of three cascades. The first waterfall at the top is 42 meters high, the second is 37 meters high, and the third is 26 meters high. A walking path and boardwalk connect the Anmon Rest Area to the first waterfall via the Anmon Valley Route, but since there's the danger of falling rocks in some spots, hikers need to report that they are using the trail. Advanced booking is recommended for hiring a guide to go with you.
  • Angélique Hirosaki Shop
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Noda 1-3-16
    This Western-style confectioner is located beside Kita-oh-dori Avenue along the east side of Hirosaki Castle. The showcase on the first floor exudes a bright feeling with white as a motif. In contrast, the second floor has an eat-in space, featuring a chic, grown-up atmosphere colored in black. Popular products include the apple pie, as one might expect from Aomori Prefecture—an apple paradise. The taste is great, and the volume has it hanging over the plate, so it’s known as a place where you get a good deal for the price.

    洗練されてオシャレな店内には、パン、焼き菓子、ケーキが沢山並べられており、店員さんの接客も丁寧で気持ちが良いです。パンも美味しかったですが、アップルパイは大きさもあるのに300円、そして美味しい、コスパ良しです!

  • Aomori Bank Memorial Hall (Former main branch of the 59th National Bank)
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Motonagamachi 26
    Located southeast of Hirosaki Castle, the Aomori Bank Memorial Hall is a designated National Important Cultural Property which was originally built in 1904 as the 59th National Bank. A Renaissance-esque Western-style building, with decorative tower at the top, called the “White Palace,” also serves as an observatory. The interior is decorated with old-fashioned gold patterned Japanese leather paper, very few examples of which survive today in Japan, and the windows incorporate features from Japanese earthen warehouse architecture as both an anti-burglary and fireproofing measure. The hall still retains vestiges of the mixture of Japanese and Western styles with which it was designed in the Meiji period.

    As the museum is close to the Hirosaki Castle, one should drop by and have a quick walk around. It’s of nice old architecture and very Western style.

  • Catholic Hirosaki Church
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Hyakkokumachikouji 20
    Located around five minutes’ walk to the east of Hirosaki Park, Catholic Hirosaki Church was built in 1910. It was constructed in the Romanesque style, with a spire, and with prominent pillars at the left and right corners of the front face. The oak-wood altar that faces the door at the far end of the interior was a gift from the Church of St. Thomas in Amsterdam; the altar was made in 1866, and won an award for its design at an exhibition held in Antwerp, Belgium.

    This is not a tourist attraction. For devout Catholics, it may be worth a visit to find peace of mind during a long travel with a lot on one's mind! It is a small church and we had difficulty...

  • Former To-o Gijuku Missionary Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 2-1
    Located near Hirosaki Castle’s O-temon gate, the Former To-o Gijuku Missionary Residence was built in 1901 as a lodging house for English instructors invited to teach at the To-o Gijuku, the first private school opened in Aomori Prefecture. Modeled after Western-style architecture, the building features Western-style chimneys and a trussed roof. The interior presents the lifestyle the teachers of the time living at the residence enjoyed. The first floor operates as a café, while the second floor is used as a museum space. Several Western-style miniature buildings stand in the facility's garden, and visitors can view them at their leisure from the windows.
  • Former Hirosaki City Library
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 2-1
    Built in 1906, this library was built in a Western style with a pair of Renaissance-esque octagonal steeples. Three stories tall and made of wood and mortar, the facility operated as a city library up to 1931; today it is open for viewing to the general public.
  • Taisho Roman Tea Room
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamishiroganechou 8-1
    This Western-style building standing in Fujita Memorial Garden was built as a villa for businessman Ken’ichi Fujita in 1921. The Taisho Roman Tea Room is a café operating out of the building’s spacious sunroom. Some of the café’s most popular menu items are its six varieties of apple pies, all of which are also offered at popular Western confectionaries in Hirosaki City. The café also offers drink sets with its pies and you can take your time to eat, compare, and find your favorite. Take a moment and relax while gazing out at the garden’s trees from the café’s windows.
  • Hirosaki Church, United Church of Christ in Japan
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    50 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Mototeramachi 48
    A church built by the Hirosaki Methodist Church in 1906. Located close to Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden, the wooden building’s gothic style architecture with two towers is an extremely rare example constructed during the Meiji period. A variety of traditional crafts were used in the decorate of the church as well. The pulpit and communion table are painted Tsugaru-nuri lacquer, and the donation baskets are traditional woven vine work. Visitors are permitted, but not when staff are not present or during church events.

    Sighted in late Autumn around 4:30pm, so it was dark and entry to the church wasn't possible. However, from the outside it was quite impressive a facade.

  • Restaurant Yamazaki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Oyakatamachi 41 Odagiri Building 1F
    Restaurant Yamazaki is a restaurant specializing in French cuisine, located to the east of Hirosaki-jo Otemon Road, between the Road and the Tsuchibuchi River. Visitors can enjoy a full-course meal featuring the “Kiseki no Ringo” (“Miracle Apple”) organic apple variety that was featured in the film “Kiseki no Ringo.” In particular, cold apple soup has become Restaurant Yamazaki’s signature dish. Restaurant Yamazaki has adopted a “slow food” approach that emphasizes the careful selection of ingredients; the Restaurant’s philosophy is to use ingredients sourced locally in Aomori Prefecture to provide diners with food that is delicious and healthy and that can be eaten with complete peace of mind.
  • Tsugaru-ji Yasaburo Kajimachi Shop
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kajimachi 23-2
    A restaurant with local cuisine, roughly five minutes on foot from Chuo-Hirosaki Station. It offers local cuisine made using the freshest vegetable and seafood ingredients from the Sea of Japan. Also, the dishes using Aomori’s local chicken variety—Aomori Shamorock—are quite popular.

    お値段は居酒屋設定の小料理屋さんで、大将も女将さんも大変気さくで居心地のよい雰囲気でした。入り口は入りにくい雰囲気はありますが、おひとりでも利用しやすいと思います。おひとりさま用のメニューに色々追加しましたが、おひとりさまにしては多い量で満腹でお店を後にしました。ドーミーイン弘前から徒歩5分弱です。

  • Satonone Hibiki
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    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Dotemachi 126 Hirosaki Park Hotel 3F
    A local cuisine restaurant located along Prefectural Route 3 in Dote Town, Hirosaki City. Hibiki serves local kaiseki course cuisine making use of local ingredients as well as local Aomori sakes. In addition, one of the restaurant’s highlights is the live Tsugaru Shamisen music performances held on its stage from 7:00 p.m. most evenings. Coupled with the Tsugaru regional accents of the staff, you can get the full Tsugaru Aomori experience right here.

    やっと弘前の桜を見に行くことができました。いつもホテルが取れずにいたので、今回は早目にホテルを予約。ちょうどホテルの中に津軽三味線を聞きながら食事ができるお店がありこちらも早めに確保。お花見の時期は2部制になります。お花見で結構歩き回るので同じホテルの中にお店があって良かった!メニューは選べませんが美味しくいただきました。

  • Sakura House Souvenir Shop
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 2-1 In Hirosaki municipal sightseeing hall
    Sakura House is a souvenir shop inside Hirosaki City Tourism Museum in a corner of Otemon Square next to Hirosaki Park. The shop sells such things as products made from apples, specialty products like Tsugaru confections, and traditional handicrafts like Tsugaru ceramics, etc. They also sell apples from October through to June.

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Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori’s fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.

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