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Tour E – Touring the Gono Line and Hirosaki

This two-night, three-day itinerary is for those who want to relax and enjoy Hirosaki and Goshogawara. This itinerary is filled with chances to explore Aomori's history and culture, and it lets you enjoy the rich natural beauty of Aomori's landscapes from the train windows of the Gono Line, offers a visit to the birthplace of one of Japan's greatest authors, Osamu Dazai, and includes a soak in an apple bath using specially produced Aomori apples.

Trip Details

Day One

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&Traditions

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)

On Foot

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

Accommodations:
within Hirosaki City

Hot springs

Minamida Hot Springs is Famous for its Apple Baths, which will Cleanse Your Body and Spirit

There is a wide variety of hot springs of all sizes in Aomori Prefecture, and there are some scattered around the area surrounding Hirosaki City. In particular, Minamida Hot Springs is famous for its Apple Bath, which uses specially produced Aomori apples. There are many inns that welcome day-trip visitors to the hot springs, so a visit to a high-quality hot spring to ease both your body and your mind would be worth the trip.

Click here for the official Minamida Hot Springs Hotel AppleLand website (in Japanese only)

Minamida Hot Springs
Minamida Hot Springs

Day Two

Hirosaki Station

Trunk Lines

approximately 40 minutes on the Resort Shirakami

Goshogawara Station

On Foot

5 minutes on foot

Tachi Neputa-no Yakata

On Foot

5 minutes on foot

History&Traditions

Experience the Appeal of Tachi Neputa All Year Round at the Tachi Neputa-no Yakata

Among the Nebuta and Neputa Festivals that represent Tohoku, the highlight would be the tachi neputa, figures that are very tall. Seeming to stretch up to the heavens, in actuality they are 22 meters tall. That rivals the height of a seven-story building. This wonderful facility lets you experience the flavor of the festival all year round with a permanent display of those tachi neputa.

Tachi Neputa-no Yakata
Tachi Neputa-no Yakata

Goshogawara Station

Non-JR Lines

approximately 30 minutes by the Tsugaru Railway

Kanagi Station
(Ashino Park Station)

On Foot

5 minutes on foot from Kanagi Station
15 minutes on foot from Ashino Park Station

History&TraditionsNature

Ashino Park, a favorite of Osamu Dazai

Ashino Park is a natural park with its own lake, and it is deeply loved by the local residents. With 2,200 cherry trees and 1,300 pine trees planted along the lake's edge, it is one of the top 100 locations in Japan for cherry blossom viewing. The great Japanese author Osamu Dazai often played here when he was a child, and there are paths and other monuments commemorating his presence, so you will see fans and other travelers thinking of Dazai as they stroll and ride in the boats on the lake.

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

Ashino Park's Cherry Blossom Trees
Ashino Park's Cherry Blossom Trees

Shayokan, Tsugaru-
Shamisen Hall

On Foot

5 minutes on foot

History&Traditions

Shayokan, for a Trip to Take in Osamu Dazai

Osamu Dazai's father was a major landholder in the Meiji era, and he owned a large two-story mansion with nineteen rooms, made primarily of Aomori cypress. Osamu Dazai lived here until the time he entered middle school. It had since been used as an inn, but it became a commemorative museum in 1998, and includes exhibits of Dazai's handwritten drafts and his own beloved items.

Shayokan
Shayokan

Kanagi Station

Non-JR Lines

approximately 30 minutes by the Tsugaru Railway

Goshogawara Station

Trunk Lines

approximately 25 minutes on the Resort Shirakami

Accommodations:
within Ajigasawa City

Hot springs

Ajigasawa Hot Springs, where the Sunset over the Sea of Japan is Beautiful

Ajigasawa, a seaside community that long thrived as a fishing village, is a hot springs region blessed with the natural bounty of the sea and the mountains, high-quality hot springs, and the freshest of seafood.

Click here for the official Hotel Grand Mer Sankaiso website (in Japanese)

Ajigasawa Hot Springs
Ajigasawa Hot Springs

Day Three

Ajigasawa Station

Trunk Lines

approximately 1hour, 15 minutes on the Resort Shirakami

Juniko Station

Bus

Konan Bus, approximately 15 minutes

Get off the bus

Okujuniko

Bus

Konan Bus, approximately 15 minutes

Nature

Juniko, the Mystical Blue Lakes

Although there are a total of 33 large and small lakes and marshes in Juniko, when the area is viewed from Mount Kue, only twelve lakes and ponds are visible, which is why it is called Juni, Japanese for twelve. Blue Pond, which looks as if it has been dyed with blue ink, is particularly famous. Although it is still not clear why it should be this shade of blue, the mystical Blue Pond is highly transparent, and when the sun strikes it, the pond is so beautiful you cannot help but sigh.

Click here for the Konan Bus timetable

Juniko
Juniko

Get off the bus

Juniko Station

Trunk Lines

approximately 2 hours on the Resort Shirakami

Akita Station

Shinkansen

Akita Shinkansen, approximately 4 hours on the Komachi

Click here for more on Aomori tourism information

Aptinet, the Aomori tourism information website

Tokyo Station

As of March 2014.

Key

Note:
All cars on the Resort Shirakami are reserved-seating cars, so travelers will need to make reservations in advance at the JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) or Travel Service Center (View Plaza). For more information, contact the JR East Infoline.

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