Hirosaki: the Castle Town

  • Port

    Aomori, Japan

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 7 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Drive 25 miles along National Highway Route 7 from Aomori to Hirosaki city, situated on the southern part of the Tsugaru plain and known for its castle, cherry blossoms and apples. The atmosphere of this former Samurai town is quite compelling.

Visit Hirosaki Park, the location of Hirosaki castle, and one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom spots (usually flowering at the end of April and beginning of May).

Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura village offers a glimpse of numerous traditional artforms. Follow the circuit through demonstrations on making the Nebuta festival goldfish, Tsugaru ceramics and woodblock painting. Take in the live performances of Nebuta music and the delicate (three-stringed banjo-like instrument). Walk past stands that sell locally grown vegetables, apples and handicrafts. offers a glimpse of numerous traditional artforms. Follow the circuit through demonstrations on making the Nebuta festival goldfish, Tsugaru ceramics and woodblock painting. Take in the live performances of Nebuta music and the delicate shamisen (three-stringed banjo-like instrument). Walk past stands that sell locally grown vegetables, apples and handicrafts.

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.will be served at a local restaurant.

Head to the Zenringai area, where 33 Zen temples huddle quietly together. You will visit the Saishoin Temple, with its 300-year-old five-story pagoda, before transferring back to the ship.

Notes:

Restoration work is underway at Hirosaki Castle.