Top things to do in Hirosaki

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Kadare Yokochō

In the evening university students flock to this nondescript office building housing eight tiny restaurants, most doubling as bars. It's a lively local hang-out. Hinata-bokko (日向ぼっこ), with the orange noren curtains,…
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. Meandering around its many ponds, waterfalls and bridges is a delight. …
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. Apple-picking tours leave every 30 minutes during the harvest season. It's possible to ride bikes here, bu…
Park in Hirosaki


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…
Parade in Hirosaki

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri

Giant illuminated floats parade through town, accompanied by flutes and drums for every night of Hirosaki's famed Neputa Matsuri. The festival is considered to signify ceremonial preparation for battle, expressing s…
Pub in Hirosaki

Robbin's Nest

This is an excellent Japanese rendition of a British pub. It's intimate and there's no cover charge (except sometimes when bands are playing), frequent live music, Guinness on tap and a few tables on the outside ter…
Arts & Crafts in Hirosaki


Find beautiful examples of boldly coloured tsugaru-nuri (lacquerware from the Tsugaru region) at this elegant store. Even if you're not looking to buy (prices are high) it's worth stopping in to admire the handiwork…
Coffee in Hirosaki


Hirosaki's students head to Cembalo to sip strong coffee and munch on cinnamon and honey toast while they type ostentatiously on their laptops. Light and bright, with friendly staff, it's a perfect break from wander…
Light Show in Hirosaki

Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival

More than 200 snow lanterns and 300 miniature igloos light up the winter night in Hirosaki-kōen over five days in February.
Buddhist Temple in Hirosaki


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 Prefecture …