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Tour B – Enjoying Hirosaki Castle, Famous for Cherry Blossoms

This trip lets you fully enjoy Hirosaki Castle, which is famous for its cherry blossoms.
Hirosaki Castle, located within Hirosaki Park, is designated as one of the top 100 locations in Japan for cherry blossom viewing, and when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, it is a very popular spot for tourists, both from within Japan and from abroad. There is also a hands-on tourist facility where you can experience Hirosaki neputa, making for a very enjoyable day trip to Hirosaki.

Trip Details

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Shin-Aomori Station

Trunk Lines

Tsugaru limited express, approximately 30 minutes

The Newly Renovated Shin-Aomori Station

Shin-Aomori Station, which was just renovated in December 2010, is the Shinkansen gateway to Aomori City. As the final stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, it is currently the northernmost Shinkansen station in Japan (as of April 2011).

Shin-Aomori Station
Shin-Aomori Station

Hirosaki Station

Bus

Bus, approximately 15 minutes

DiningNatureShopping

Apple Park, in Hirosaki, Japan's Number One Producer of Apples

This park takes apples as its theme since Hirosaki City is Japan's largest producer of apples. In addition to viewing apple blossoms and, when the season is right, experiencing apple picking, the attractions here include a shop with some 1,200 different apple items for sale, as well as an observation deck. The park allows visitors to touch, learn from and play with apples.

Getting there:
– Approximately 45 minutes from Hirosaki Station on the bus
– Approximately 30 minutes from the Tsugaru Neputa-mura Village on the bus

Apple Park
Apple Park

Get off the bus

Tsugaru
Neputa-mura Village

On Foot

5 minutes on foot

History&TraditionsShopping

Tsugaru Neputa-mura Village, where You Can See Beautiful Hirosaki Neputa

The Tsugaru Neputa-mura Village is a hands-on visitors' facility in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, that is based on Hirosaki neputa. You can also buy souvenirs!

Tsugaru Neputa-mura Village
Tsugaru Neputa-mura Village

Hirosaki Park
(Hirosaki Castle)

Bus

Bus, approximately 15 minutes

NatureHistory&Traditions

Hirosaki Castle, also Famous for Its Cherry Blossoms

Since 1903, about 2,600 cherry blossom trees have been planted within this park. Many tourists come each year to the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival. This park is designated as one of the 100 best locations in Japan for cherry blossom-viewing.

Note: The cherry blossoms bloom between late April and early May.

Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle

Get off the bus

Hirosaki Station

Trunk Lines

Tsugaru limited express, approximately 30 minutes

Shin-Aomori Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

ShoppingDining

Aomori Shunmi-kan, Where You'll Find a Large Selection of the Special Products of Aomori Prefecture

Fresh agricultural products, represented by Aomori's apples, seasonal fruits and delicious Japanese sakes are all available here.

Getting there:
Within the Shin-Aomori Station building

Aomori Shunmi-kan
Aomori Shunmi-kan

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Aptinet, the Aomori tourism information website

Tokyo Station

As of March 2014.

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