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Western Style Architecture

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Western Style Architecture

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Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki Aomori Prefecture
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Hirosaki Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide
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Hirosaki Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Hirosaki!<br><br>Set in the shadow of the impressive Mt. Iwaki, the historic town of Hirosaki is said to be the cultural capital of the prefecture. Its semi-rural setting is complemented by beautiful parks and temples, while the various boutique fashion stores, one-room bars, and stylish cafes create an impression of hip culture.<br><br>Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you!<br><br>Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.<br>Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
$123.06 per adult
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Warner L wrote a review Nov 2019
Pasadena, California659 contributions119 helpful votes
For a city this small there is a great variety of period western architecture spanning several generations. Sort of pre and post Victoria besides that of the Victorian time.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Yan C wrote a review Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China794 contributions212 helpful votes
Sitting on a courtyard close to the former city library are over a dozen of miniature replicas of the old western style buildings in Hirosaki. They were meticulously created, copying in detail the design and architecture of the originals. It is a good idea to come and study these miniatures, as it would be difficult to go round and see all the originals. They give you a measure of the extent of western influence in this city. It is a pity that some of them are showing age. Better maintenance is required.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸 wrote a review Mar 2019
Vermont6,211 contributions1,164 helpful votes
Across the street from the castle entrance and up a flight of steps is Otemon Square. Here you will find an excellent Sightseeing Info Center and some of the city’s Western style buildings from the Meiji period. We walked from the info center and headed toward the Former Library not knowing exactly what to expect. In addition to several other Western/Japanese hybrid structures located around the square that have been lovingly and meticulously restored, there is an open grassy area with miniature replicas of 14 of the Western buildings all easily accessible in one spot. It is almost as if a whole town of tiny buildings has been recreated here for you to wander amongst. The buildings are perfectly recreated and you can see them in miniature and then visit the buildings themselves. If you take photos of just the small buildings they look very real and appear full size - if you include people in your photos, then the magic of the place is obvious. We were the only people strolling around when we were here so we had to use each other in our photos for scale.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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