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  • Hirosaki Park
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    4.5
    549 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.

    The park is famous for its cherry blossom in Spring. To visit it in autumn is equally enjoyable. First of all, there are much less visitors. You do not have to push your way through the crowds as...

  • Hirosaki City Apple Park
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    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.
  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    201 Reviews
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    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...

  • Anmon Valley Trail
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    Nishiya village Nakatsugaru gun, Aomori prefecture
    This is a hiking trail up the Anmon river, a tributary of the Iwaki river. You can see the three falls, third, second, and first in order. There are a lot of fallen rocks and places where you must walk through the shallows, so caution is advised. This is an advanced level trail.
  • Tsugaru Kokeshi Doll Museum
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Kuroishishi Fukuro Tomiyama 72-1
    Tsugaru Kokeshi Doll Museum, opened in 1988, displays a collection of 5,000 traditional Kokeshi dolls accumulated over a period of 20 years, a “Kokeshi Art Collection” and pure gold kokeshi wooden doll. The museum also holds events and has a hands-on corner, and with a reservation visitors can also experience painting a doll. The Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum is attracting attention not only as a kokeshi memorial hall but also as a place to hand down the history of the activities of the local residents. It is approximately ten minutes by car from Kuroishi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    黒石は、東北のこけしの産地。ここのものはもちろん、全国のこけしを集めた展示と、職人さんによるこけし作りの実演を見ることができます。名人の話を聞きながら、できたての製品(今回は、地元のズグリ駒)を買いました。

  • 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.

  • Mori no Naka no Kajuen
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Totsurazawa Kutsuwa 426
    An orchard where you can enjoy picking cherries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, nashi Japanese pears, and other fruits. You can eat as much as you like of all the fruits which are ripe for picking on the day of your visit, and the orchard is a popular destination for families with children. The orchard also sells seasonal fruits for taking home and giving as gifts.
  • Fujimiko Park
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    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugaruguntsurutamachi Mawarizeki Osawa 81-150
    A lush leisure park with beautiful scenery sprawling on the shore of Lake Tsugaru Fujimi. The park's spacious 12.4 hectare grounds host Japan's first roller slide with a 360 degree loop, an athletic field, and a picnic area where visitors can barbecue. The park is also the location of several famous places such as the Tsurunomai Bridge, a wooden bridge which is the longest in Japan and which is also known for the legend of the lord of Shimizu Castle and Princess Shirakami. People of all ages can enjoy a day at the park here.
  • Itayanagi Furusato Center
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugarugunitayanagimachi Fukunoda Motoizumi 34-6
    This is an apple-themed complex in Motoizumi,Fukunoda, Itayanagi Town, KitatsugaruCounty. The complex houses a variety of facilities including local produce shops, cottage lodgings, an apple exhibit and factory, and an apple grove cultivating over 250 varieties of apples from around the world. Visitors can enjoy apple picking during the season, tour the factory, and try their hand at making crafts or sweets.

    林檎や自然に関して楽しみながら体験学べる施設です。 林檎の資料館やもぎ取り体験、バーベキューをする場所 やコテージもあります。

  • Hirosaki Municipal Local Museum of Literature
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    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.

    弘前市と関わりの深かった文豪たちの資料等が展示されています。 太宰治など、有名な方々も展示されていて、文学に興味のある人にはたまらない施設です。学都として栄えた弘前だからでしょうか。

  • Iwakisan Kanko Ringo-en
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Hyakuzawa Terasawa 120-3
    A 33 thousand square meter apple orchard. The farm cultivates some 2,000 apple trees of varying sizes spanning 40 varieties, from Vista Bella which fruit in late July; to Indo apples, an old-fashioned favorite in Japan. In addition to apples, the farm also grows peaches, plums, nectarines, Asian pears, and more, and visitors can enjoy picking the fruits for which Aomori is famous.
  • Apple Museum
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Aomori Kuroishi-shi
    This museum operates out of a structure built in 1931 which was modeled after the architecture of the East Malling Research Station in England. The facility serves as a space for culture, sightseeing, and learning. Visitors can learn about the results of local fruit cultivation experiments as well as the history of apples in Aomori. In addition to exhibits, there's an apple activity zone where visitors can take a quiz on a PC, and a theater where you can observe what involved in the cultivation of apples over a one year period.

    黒石市にあるりんごに関する資料館です.青森県内にはこのようなりんごに関する資料館が数多くありますが,ここはかなり規模が大きいです.

  • Kuroishi Tourist Apple Orchards
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    Aomori Kuroishi-shi Aseishi Tatsunokuchi
    These tourist apple orchards are open from early September to early November. Located in a place where you can overlook the vast Tsugaru Plains and Mt. Iwaki, you can experience directly harvesting Fuji, Tsugaru, Ourin, Hokuto or Jonagold apples in the orchards depending on the harvest time. In addition, the best time to see the apple blossoms are in mid-May.
  • Ajara-no-mori Camp Site
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    Aomori Minamitsugaru-gun Owanimachi
    This campsite was created on the plateau that spreads around the foot of Mt. Ajara. There is a wonderful view at the facilities that are surrounded by the beauty of nature, and it is particularly recommended to view the town area from here in the evening. The facilities include cabins accessible to the elderly and disabled, a bungalow in the middle of the forest, and a tent site with a large grassy area where you can fully enjoy nature. Additionally, there is also an administrative building and a cookhouse, and things can also be rented including tents and blankets. It is also nice how there is easy access to the outdoor facilities around Mt. Ajara that include things like a tennis court and a play area, as well as a hot spring facility.
  • Crane Village Furusato Museum
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    Aomori Kitatsugaru-gun Tsurutamachi Mawarizeki Osawa Chinai
    This straw-thatch home was relocated from the village of Ushirononakano in 1995. The reconstruction was done using the original materials from the over 120-year-old home, and everything from the private rooms to the living rooms, mud room, and stable are faithfully reconstructed. The museum contains a variety of artifacts that allow visitors to experience life as it was at the time, and one can almost feel the history of Tsuruta Town. Entry is free, and many visitors also stop by the nearby Tsurunomaihashi Bridge, Japan's premier wooden three-arch bridge.
  • Tsuruta Wanwan Oukoku
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    Aomori Kitatsugaru-gun Tsurutamachi
    A large complex for dogs sprawling on 2,174 square meter grounds. Facilities include a grooming salon, hotel, and training school. Situated near Lake Tsugaru Fujimi, since it opened in 2003, the complex has supported local dogs and their owners in leading more fulfilling lives. Because the complex conducts a thorough health check, including constitution, fur quality, and even physique, customers rave that the information contained in the dog records the complex creates are useful not only while their dogs are in for a trim or staying at the hotel, they also come in handy as part of daily health management. The dog park and agility facilities on the grounds are all free for visitors to use.
  • Tanchozuru Nature Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Kitatsugaru-gun Tsurutamachi Mawarizeki Osawa 81-150
  • Gallery Moriyama
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Jumoku 2-20-2

    冬季間は休館ですが、その外は企画展が開かれています。古い民家を改築して美術館にしたものですが、建物、企画、野外の趣が素敵です。郷土の作家を集めての企画が多いようですが、故国画会版画部会員下澤木鉢郎の作品など見ごたえを感じることが出来ます。

  • kitoao
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Ekimaecho 13-3
  • Sports Land Hira Ka Yanai Heated Pool
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Hirakawa-shi Niidate Nogi Wa 48

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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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