Enjoy Local charm in Hirosaki with local guide.
Including the Yoshino cherry tree, which is said to be Japan's oldest, about 80 species totaling 2,600 cherry trees fill Hirosaki Park. One of Japan's leading cherry blossom viewing sites, visitors are especially encouraged to celebrate the scene around the end of April. In this tour, led by a local guide, the most beautiful cherry blossoms in the park will be introduced. We will also explore other Hirosaki attractions scattered around the park.
After leaving the designated hotel lobby gathering place, the tour will start with the south side of Hirosaki Park. Once a castle town of the Tsugaru clan, Hirosaki later changed during the Meiji era.
Aside from the natural sites, we will also tour site where foreign teachers could be found long ago, and learn about their teachings. It is from here that early Christianity was promoted. Western culture can be further seen in the European building styles on display. The unique style was riding the then wave of foreign cultural enlightenment.
After exploring the mansions and other structures, we will enjoy the main event of the tour, the cherry blossoms in Hirosaki Park. The blossoms are scattered across various places in Hirosaki Park and visited by two million people each cherry blossom season. Your guide will take you through the trees, stopping at breathtaking vantage points.
After the cherry-blossom viewing, we will visit the merchant and samurai houses of the Edo era that remain in the northern part of the Hirosaki park. The attractions in this area are said to have been built 250 years or more ago by a wealthy merchant. We can still go in this building, known as "Ishiba's Residence," and see a merchant home and shop from days ago. The store has a high society appearance, but with a dirt floor, emoting feelings of bygone days with thick beams and columns, etc.
Towards the end of the tour, we will visit the Tsugaru Neputa village. Here, at the Hirosaki Neputa exhibition, we’ll see demonstrations and get to experience the Tsugaru people’s crafts, live music, and more, including the Tsugaru shamisen. An all-around enjoyable experience of traditional culture with the Tsugaru.
Finally, we’ll have a light snack and discuss all the things we’ve been able to enjoy during our charming day at Hirosaki.
① Retro town stroll
② Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Hirosaki park
③ Iwata House and Ishiba House
④ Tsugaru Neputa Village
※Souvenirs available for purchase at Tsugaru Neputa Village
・Local guiding to Hirosaki, including recommended photo spots
・Guided architectural tour with local commentary
・Tsugaru Neputa Village points of interest
・Please wear comfortable walking shoes
・Tours start in the lobby of a designated hotel
・We will hold this tour during April 23 to May 8
¥11,000 for 2 persons or more
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Start Time: 9:00am
Great Tour of Hirosaki Park
My husband and I, along with two of our closest friends, were fortunate enough to go on tour of Hirosaki Park with our guide, Atushi Nagasawa. We were personally greated at the port by Atushi and was escorted through the busy train station enroute to Hirosaki Park. He made sure we saw all the major points of interest, and gave us a quick history of the castle and the other statues in the park. We were also very lucky enough to see the final blossoms of the cherry trees. What a beautiful sight to behold. Atushi suggested a few perfect spots for photo ops. He even took group pictures for us. It was obvious that he wanted to assure we enjoyed our visit to Hirosaki. We most certainly did enjoy our tour and time spent with Atushi. Our thanks to Atushi for leaving us with fond memories of Japan. David & Arlene K.