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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Aomori Hirosaki Award Sakurahana Cherry Blossoms Day Tour
09:00-11:30 Hirosaki Park and Nebuta Village (including lunch time)
15:00-16:00 Lake Towada and Oirase River
Aomori Hirosaki Park
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.
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.
Crossing Lake Towada between Aomori and Akita prefectures, it is a double volcanic lake located 400 meters above the sea on the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures. Lake Towada is about 327 meters deep, ranking third in Japan with extremely high transparency. There is fresh green in spring, red leaves in the mountains in autumn, and snowy scenery in the north in winter, and the turquoise lake reflects different scenery in all seasons, showing different styles as the season changes.
The Nebuta Village of the Tsugaru Domain
Known as one of the three major festivals in Tohoku, the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, held in Aomori, Hirosaki, and Goshogawara, attracts a large number of tourists every year. The Nebuta Village of the Tsugaru Domain is a tourist facility that simulates the Hirosaki Nebuta Festival. In the hall, there are displays of Hirosaki Nebuta lanterns, as well as live performances by the Nebuta Festival parade accompaniment orchestra and Tsugaru Shamisen. There is also a special person to introduce the evolution history of Hirosaki Nebuta Festival. The site also provides tours and experiences of various traditional Northeast crafts, and sells various folk crafts and souvenirs, which are worth personal experience.
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3-chōme Honchō, 030-0802, Japan
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