This expansive public park has been shaped over the centuries by three castle moats, and landscaped with overhanging cherry trees (more...
Come here to see some of Hirosaki's Neputa floats and try your hand at the giant taiko (drums). There are also exhibitions of local...
A 10-minute walk southwest of the castle ruins brings you to an atmospheric temple district redolent of feudal times. The focus here is...
Live House Yamauta
Come here to listen to the distinct twang of the shamisen (three-stringed lute) from Tsugaru – the old name for western Aomori. Nightly...
You wouldn't expect much from this nondescript office building (marked by the lanterns out front), but inside are a dozen food stalls...
Lonely Planet review
At the heart of the park lie the ancient remains of this castle, originally constructed in 1611. Rather tragically, only 16 years after it was built, the castle was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground. Two centuries on, one of the corner towers was rebuilt and today it has a small museum housing samurai weaponry.