At the heart of the park lie the ancient remains of this castle, originally constructed in 1611. Rather tragically, only 16 years after...
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
This expansive public park has been shaped over the centuries by three castle moats, and landscaped with overhanging cherry trees (more than 5000 in total) that bloom in late April or early May. It's a 20-minute walk from Hirosaki Station, or take the Dote-machi Loop Bus (¥100, 20 minutes), which stops in front of the park. The remains of Hirosaki-jō lie at the heart of the park; the castle burnt to the ground just 16 years after it was built in 1611.