Exploring in Hirosaki, city of colorful history

Cherry blossoms at the Hirosaki Castle, Neputa (traditional summer festival), Tsugaru shamisen (three-stringed Japanese guitar), apples… all these make Hirosaki famous but it doesn’t stop here.  Stroll in the city to know more about this fascinating city.

Let’s enjoy Hirosaki in summer.

As peculiar to a castle town, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples surround the Hirosaki Castle here and many important cultural properties still exist such as Saisho-in Five-Storied Pagoda, praised as the most beautiful pagoda in Tohoku.  As nostalgic western-style buildings influenced by Japan’s Westernization movement are dotted in the city, Japanese and Western tastes merge into unique townscape.

Moving around in the city is easy with loop-line buses coming and going every 10 minutes (100 yen/trip) and free rental bicycles.

Hirosaki is 30 minutes’ train ride by special express from Shin-Aomori Station.  Brochures in different languages are available at a tourist information center in Hirosaki and Shin-Aomori stations. 

As peculiar to a castle town, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples surround the Hirosaki Castle here and many important cultural properties still exist such as Saisho-in Five-Storied Pagoda, praised as the most beautiful pagoda in Tohoku.  As nostalgic western-style buildings influenced by Japan’s Westernization movement are dotted in the city, Japanese and Western tastes merge into unique townscape.

Moving around in the city is easy with loop-line buses coming and going every 10 minutes (100 yen/trip) and free rental bicycles.

Hirosaki is 30 minutes’ train ride by special express from Shin-Aomori Station.  Brochures in different languages are available at a tourist information center in Hirosaki and Shin-Aomori stations.

Hirosaki Castle
IMG_1867The Hirosaki Castle Tower in the Hirosaki Park where welcomes 2 million cherry blossom admires in every spring is only tower re-built in the Edo period in Tohoku.  This year it celebrates the 400th anniversary of castle construction and various festivals are on in different venues in the city by the end of this year.
Website of The 400th Anniversary of Hirosaki Castle. (in Japanese)

 Lavender field in Yoshinocho Green GardenIMG_1881
In the garden, there is a Yoshii sake brewery’s brick warehouse where works by Yoshitomo Nara are exhibited. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bento (box lunch)
IMG_1885There are 36 types of locally made “Tsugaru Ben (box lunch).”  If you are lucky, get one of “Minced squid cutlet” featuring the favorite taste of Mom’s cooking as it’s sold out soon.
                                                                                          
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                    
 Nostalgic western-style buildings
IMG_1872 Former Hirosaki city library on the left and historical building miniatures in front.