All prices are per group (irrespective of the number of people) and include only the vehicle cost, driver fee, highway tolls/ parking fees. Lunch/ dinner/ incidental expenses & tickets etc. are not included.
You will be shown the option add an expert level guide and other additional available services prior to payment. All prices are inclusive of tax and credit card fees. No hidden charges.
Bookings can be made up to 72 hours before the listed departure time. A credit card will be required (and authorized for the tour amount) to make a booking, but it will only be charged once our team has confirmed the availability of your requested date.
We will pick you up from your accommodation at the beginning of the tour and drop you back at a location of your choosing (within Aomori) after the tour. Please make sure to fill in the correct accommodation (and address) when booking the tour.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTION :
Hirosaki Castle was built in 1611 by the Tsugaru Clan. A three-story castle tower, fortified moats, castle gates and some corner turrets (yagura) survive or were reconstructed. The castle is located in Hirosaki Park, a spacious public park of about 0.6 square kilometers. Even following its feudal glory, the castle garnered attention once again as a premier location for viewing cherry blossoms – or, as they are known locally, sakura. The sakura here, along with those at Kakunodate in Akita and Kitakami Tenshochi in Iwate, are part of the ever-popular Three Famous Cherry Blossom Spots of Michinoku – with Michinoku being the old name for Tohoku, Japan’s northeastern region. The two-week-long Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival attracts as many as 2.3 million visitors every year
The tour then moves around the best spots in Hirosaki area. Guests can choose two destinations from the following options:
FOLLOWING ATTRACTION OPTIONS :
Option 01: Hirosaki Castle (Recommended)
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan’s best cherry blossom spots. With its abundance of over 2500 trees, cherry blossom tunnels, petal filled moats, numerous pleasant picnic areas, rental rowing boats, many varieties of cherry trees and illuminations in the evenings, it feels like multiple great cherry blossom spots combined into a single one. A festival is held annually from April 23 to May 6, when the blossoms are usually in bloom.
There are a few other sites of interest inside Hirosaki Park, including the Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden in the park’s southeast corner and Gokoku Shrine, the Aomori branch of Yasukuni Shrine in the north end of of the park. Most of the city’s other tourist attractions are also located within walking distance of the park.
Option 02: Samurai District (Recommended)
A small part of the old castle town of Hirosaki is preserved as a former samurai district. Three samurai houses and one house of a merchant are open to the public. You will find other former samurai residences in the Hirosaki Samurai District. These are not open to the public. You can imagine what it was like to live as a samurai during the Edo period (1603-1867) as you walk by.
Option 03: Neputa Mura
Tsugaru-han Neputa Mura is a tourist spot where visitors can experience a quasi-Hirosaki Neputa Festival. The fan-shaped Neputa actually used in the festival are exhibited for viewing. Visitors can also try the taiko (Japanese drums) along with the Neputa musicians themselves. Live Tsugaru-shamisen performance are also open for viewing.
There is a facility for visitors to see, experience, and buy Tsugaru traditional artwork, with shops selling local produce such as vegetables, apples, and rice.
Entrance fee (separate from Tour price, to be purchased on the spot)>
Adult JPY550 per person/ Junior High and High School Students JPY 350 per person/ Elementary School Students JPY200 per person/ Preschooler (Over 3 year old) JPY100