Spots in Hirosaki Area

  • Hirosaki Park
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    4.5
    554 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 is a sad sight in winter, and early March is still winter here. The main attractions, including the botanical garden, are closed. Snow patches remain on the soggy ground and the...

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    204 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.

    We visited as part of a visit to Hirosaki Castle (see my other review). Unfortunately the English presentation we were supposed to have, for some reason didnt happen. The explanations on the...

  • Aoni Onsen
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    4.0
    169 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aomori Pref. Kuroishishi Okiura Aozora Takinoue 1 - 7
    A rustic and secluded hot spring bath facility and inn established in 1929 known as the Lamp Inn for its use of beautiful lanterns. The facility consists of a main building standing along a mountain stream in secluded Aoni Ravine, along with three detached buildings. There are guest rooms in the main building and the detached buildings are great for groups staying together, but the facility's baths can also be used by non-guests looking to stop by and enjoy a spa day trip.

    Lamp no Yado fell short of our expectations. We didnt feel its no electricity is extraordinary/uniqueness of traditional Japanese onsen. Out Of four facilities, only one with waterfall view is...

  • Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
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    4.0
    125 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.

    When it comes to landscape gardening, the Japanese have no equals. This is a rather large garden, consisting of two levels. The upper level has a teahouse and a traditional Japanese home, which is...

  • Saisho-in Temple Five-Storied Pagoda
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Doyamachi 63
    "A three-minute walk from the ""Hirosakikoko-mae"" Konan Bus stop. The Saisho-in Temple significantly influenced the shrines and temples of Tsugaru; established in 1667, the temple possesses numerous National Important Cultural Properties. The interior of the pagoda is richly decorated with gold and silver leaf as well as ultramarine, and enshrines a statue of Vairocana, the temple's principal object of worship; and, to its sides, statues of an infant Prince Shotoku and the ten rulers of the afterlife. One of the highlights of the temple grounds are its beautiful scenery created by the contrast of seasonal plants such as weeping cherry tree blossoms and fresh verdure in spring. Built to memorialize all those who fell in the battles to unify Tsugaru, the temple's five-storied pagoda and other structures exude an atmosphere of rich history."

    This beautiful medium sized shrine has been overlooked by visitors. There are not that many visitors, which ensures a peaceful environment. The Shrine includes a five storey pagoda, which is elegant...

  • Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center
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    3.5
    91 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 2-1
    Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center provides tourist information by a tourist concierge, and various guide maps according to your destination. The displays of the decorated floats of the “Neputa Festival” on the first floor, and traditional crafts of Tsugaru on the second floor are also an attraction. There is also a local produce shop, restaurant, and bicycle rental service, so drop in before you begin exploring Hirosaki.

    Once you get into the building after being distracted by a clever statue in front there is a complete display of local crafts, Limited sales as I could tell

  • Roadside Station Lake Nijinoko
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Kuroishishi Okiura Yamanokami 1-5
    A roadside station situated amidst the lush natural beauty of Lake Nijinoko, a dam lake formed by the Tohoku region's largest dam, Aseishigawa Dam. The grounds of the station have been turned into a park where you can enjoy outdoor activities; the park's numerous facilities include a lakeside rest house, sports garden, barbecue area, and playground area with huge play equipment. There is a free rest area right next to the parking area. The lakeside rest house has a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal while taking in a view of the lake as well as a shop carrying local specialty products and light meals, making this station a great place to take a break while driving through the area.

    what a wonderful little place.. nice store to purchase food and drink and beautiful location..Very clean and also many vending machines outside.

  • Roadside Station Hirosaki, San Festa Ishikawa
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Ishikawa Izumita 62-1
    A roadside station located near the Owanihirosaki Interchange in Hirosaki City's Ishikawa area, one of the greatest apples producing districts in the city. There's a light meal restaurant where you can enjoy oyaki baked dumplings, apple sweets, and other local favorites; and an interactive museum where you can learn about the history of apples and apple logistics. There's also a farm fresh shop and adjoining agricultural products factory where you can by apples and other fresh, local fruits and vegetables as well as jams, apple pies, apple bread, and other goods made with apples.

    i like MICHI NO EKI it means the station of the way as there are much variety of its local food, souvenirs and sometimes an event is thrown. i bought some apples which caltivated near around. those...

  • Catholic Hirosaki Church
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    4.0
    63 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 a small Catholic Church, capable of holding no more than 120 people. The architecture is European in style. Inside, the altar is beautiful, so are the stained colour windows. There are no...

  • Wanicome
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aomori Minamitsugaru-gun Owanimachi Owani Kawabe 11-11
    This day-use hot spring facility is located an approximately 30-minute drive from the Owani Interchange. With about 800 years of history since it opened, you can easily enjoy the Owani Onsen at an affordable price. The Owani Onsen has slightly salty hot springs, which has the effect of being beneficial for nerve pain and rheumatism. Inside, there are two types of large baths that use plenty of warm wood and stones, and the men and women switch baths every day. They also offer two types of outdoor baths and a family bath. They provide you with body soap and shampoo, and they also have rental towels, so it is nice that you can bathe even when you come empty handed.

    The Onsen is less than five minutes walk from the Owanionsen train station which is about 12 minutes from Hirosaki station. Gender separated, entry costs 500 yen, plus 250 yen to rent the big and...

  • 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 Church, United Church of Christ in Japan
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    4.0
    61 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.

    I had seen the 1/10th scale building and bumped into it in the middle of my walk-about. I did not enter for it isnt my faith and i was heading somewhere else. It is is large enough to see.

  • Hirosaki City Apple Park
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    4.0
    19 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. Its a good place for lunch before continuing further, or back towards Hirosaki downtown...

  • Roadside Station Ikarigaseki Tsugaru Seki no Sho
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Hirakawashi Ikarigaseki Rikaishi 13-1
    In addition to a farm-fresh shop selling local specialty products and a restaurant, this roadside station has an indoor heated pool and a large public bath. The grounds also host the Ikarigaseki Sekisyo Museum. The station's soba noodles, made with locally-grown Japanese yams; ramen, quince yokan jelly, and post-bath drinks are particularly popular.

    駐車場からすぐは農産物直売所、地場産品とレストランの建屋がありますが、トイレ棟を少し奥に進むと温泉や資料館があります。

  • Seibi-en
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirakawashi Saruka Ishibayashi 1
    The Seibi-en which was nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty in 1953, is a building blending both Japanese and western styles and was built to look out onto the gardens. The first floor is pure Japanese style and the second floor is designed in a western style. This building has a unique beauty that fuses with the Japanese gardens and shows traces of Japan’s Westernization movement during the Meiji period. The second floor is not currently open to the public. It is approximately a 10 minute walk from Tsugaru Onoe Station on the Konan Railway Konan Line.

    Curious house, being Japanese style on the ground floor and European on the second. The highlight for me though was the lovely, tranquil, formal garden with dry gravel, stones, greenery, water with...

  • Roadside Station Tsurunosato Aruja
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugaruguntsurutamachi Sakai Satomi 176-1
    A roadside station which sells over 1,600 different Aomori souvenirs. You can also buy local vegetables, fruits, and flowers picked that morning here, and the station is always bustling. The station's restaurant serves dishes made with foods grown and raised in Tsuruta Town. The station is the only place where you can eat soy milk tantan ramen noodles made with Tsuruta-grown Osuzu soy milk, and Steuben gyoza pot stickers made with Steuben grapes mixed into the skin (Tsuruta Town grows the most Steuben grapes in Japan).

    Aruja road station is the local equivalent of a farmers market. The fruit. Vegetables and other produce are mainly grown in the district, with products from outside the area clearly labeled as such...

  • Tsugaru Traditional Craft Center
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Kuroishi-shi Fukuro Tomiyama 65-1
    This complex is in Tomiyama,Fukuro, Kuroishi City. Presented here are the traditional crafts of Tsugaru-nuri lacquerware, and Tsugaru Kokeshi dolls as well as local food products housed in 6 studios where you can also try your hand with a DIY experience. In the complex are stores selling over 1,600 items of local produce and products as well as regular presentations of the Tsugaru shamisen stringed instrument performance. The eateries offer ordinary local menu items, such as the Kuroishitsuyu yakisoba noodles.

    Visited the Traditional Crafts Museum in the winter with my family. There are many hands-on crafts experiences offered in different shops. Our kids (8 and 4 yrs old) tried Kokeshi doll painting...

  • Hirosaki City Museum
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1-6 In Hirosaki Park
    A museum located in a corner of the outermost region of the grounds of Hirosaki Castle. The solemn museum building was designed by architect Kunio Maekawa. The museum displays historical materials relating to Hirosaki Domain as well as arts and crafts. The museum's popular mascot, Inocchi, was modeled after an earthen figurine of a wild boar in the Museum's collection dating back to the Jomon period.

    I went by and they were closed, they had just closed an exhibit day before, dont know if closing was normal day of closure or not. I am sorry I wasnt able see what was offered.

  • Ishiba Family Residence
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamenokoumachi 88
    This residence is estimated to have been built in the middle of the Edo period, and is also designated as a National Important Cultural Property. For generations the household took the name “Seibei” and dealt in straw and household goods for the clan. Currently it is operating as a liquor store, and with the living room’s open hearth is an interesting building.

    This seems to be the older Samurai house and sits about a quarter miles from the other three. Very nicely preserved with the feel of a warriors house.

  • Hirosaki Municipal Local Museum of Literature
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Shimoshiroganecho 2-1
    This facility introduces writers with deep connections to Hirosaki. There is a permanent exhibition of the works of nine literary persons from Tsugaru, such as Katsunan Kuga, Kouroku Sato, Zenzo Kasai and Osamu Dazai. In addition, there are special exhibitions which are figured out to deepen our understanding of the local literature. In addition, each literary person's literature monument is guided, and they are useful for visiting the places of connection and memory.

    郷土出身の文人を扱っています。入館料は100円と安いですが、中身の充実感は素晴らしいものです。2階は石坂洋次郎の展示室になっており懐かしいポスターが多く展示されています。 陸羯南と石坂洋次郎と太宰治の図録を各500円で購入しました。こちらも中身が濃く満足です。 何点か質問したら、受付の若い女性と館長さんらしき方が真摯に対応してくれました。また行きたいです。

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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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