Hirosaki Castle is a castle located in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. It is the northernmost among Japan's "existing 12 celestial guards". In addition to Hirosaki Castle in the vast hinterland, there are many colorful buildings such as a scull, a moat, and a bridge. Hirosaki Castle is also a well-known attraction selected as one of the top 100 Japanese cherry blossom sights.
There are 2,600 cherry trees planted in Hirosaki Park, which is selected as one of the top 100 Japanese cherry blossom sights. It is also famous for the ancient cherry trees that are more than 100 years old. Especially the Somei Yoshino Sakura, planted in 1882, is the oldest cherry blossom in Japan. There are as many as 300 Somei Yoshino Sakura trees that are more than 100 years old.
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09:00-11:30 Hirosaki Park and Nebuta Village (including lunch time)
15:00-16:00 Lake Towada and Oirase River
Hirosaki Park is one of the "100 Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan", and it is a well-known cherry blossom viewing spot. Hirosaki Park covers an area of approximately 49 hectares, and is dominated by Somei Yoshino Sakura varieties, which bloom in full bloom in Hirosaki Park, and the spring scene is amazing. Hirosaki Castle in the park is the only ancient city remaining in the Tohoku region. The historic Hirosaki Castle contrasts with the trees in the park. In autumn, the red maple leaves dye the entire Hirosaki Park, forming a tunnel of red leaves, and night maple lights are lit at night. The magnificent scenery is not to be missed.
The Neputa Mura (ねぷた村) or "Neputa Village" is a museum about Hirosaki's famous festival, the Neputa Matsuri, and also introduces the city's other cultural specialties. The Neputa Matsuri takes place annually from August 1 to 7 around the same time when Neputa and Nebuta festivals are held all over Aomori Prefecture. It features floats with large painted screens that depict beautiful women, mythological warriors and other themes, and are illuminated from within when paraded through the streets. Several such floats and screens are on display in the Neputa Mura. There are areas devoted to the local shamisen instrument, to popular local handicrafts and to old-fashioned toys. There is also a Japanese garden and a teahouse from the 19th century.
Aomori's Lake Towada is a dual crater lake that formed after a huge volcanic eruption. With the Towada Art Center as its anchor, the city's charms include an unspoiled natural environment and a community
around the lake that now draws tourists up to this northern prefecture from all over the world.
Oirase Stream is located in Towada Hachimantai National Park, Aomori Prefecture. It is listed as a national place of interest and a natural monument. It is about 14 kilometers in length. The Oirase Stream is composed of dozens of waterfalls. There are trails for tourists to roam along the way. A summer resort in Japan, the turquoise forests and white waterfalls create a beautiful contrast. Autumn is a famous place for maple viewing. The red-colored Oirase Stream is a different flavor. The four seasons are the secret places that must be visited in a lifetime.
3-chōme Honchō, 030-0802, Japan
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