Attractions

Park in Hirosaki

Apple Park

In season, an excursion to this working orchard in full view of regal Iwaki-san is an ideal family activity. Pick as many apples as you can carry (2kg for ¥200) – they're so good! It's possible to ride bikes here, b…
Park in Hirosaki

Hirosaki-kōen

Perfect for picnicking, this enormous 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 M…
Buddhist Temple in Hirosaki

Chōshō-ji

A 10-minute walk southwest of the Hirosaki-jō ruins brings you to an atmospheric temple district redolent of feudal times. At the top of the hill, Chōshō-ji comprises the oldest wooden building in Aomori-ken and row…
Castle in Hirosaki

Hirosaki-jō

At the heart of Hirosaki-kōen 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. …
Notable Building in Hirosaki

Neputa Mura

Come here to see some of Hirosaki's Neputa festival floats and try your hand at the giant taiko (drums). There are also exhibitions of local crafts. It's a short walk from the Bunka Center stop on the Dote-machi Loo…
Gardens in Hirosaki

Fujita Memorial Garden

The former home and garden of the wealthy Fujita family, this beautiful example of a manicured Japanese garden is the second largest in Tōhoku. It features a wonderful teahouse and Western-styled Meiji-era mansion, …