Things to Do in Hirosaki

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  • sweetafton
    Singapore, Singapore315 contributions
    Hirosaki is one of the most popular cherry blossom-viewing sites in Japan. The garden around the castle has over 2600 trees in bloom during cherry blossom season. Being further north on the main island, the cherry blossom season is later by about 2-3 weeks from Tokyo/Yokohama/Kamakura/Ofuna./Hakone.

    We were there on April 30th and were rewarded with gorgeous blooms in several colours.

    Of course,the place will be crowded, but it will be fun because there are also many food stalls selling traditional snacks. Japanese love their snacks, and sometimes, certain snacks are only unique to the area, and cannot be found anywhere else in Japan.
    Written May 17, 2019
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    The park is famous for its cherry blossom in Spring. To visit it in autumn is equally enjoyable. First of all, there are much less visitors. You do not have to push your way through the crowds as during the sakura season. There is a moat surrounding the park. By end October, the trees lining the moat have mostly changed their colours. A stretch of orange/ yellow leaves make up an amazingly beautiful scene. The highlights in the park are the Hirosaki Castle, the Botanical Garden, and the Fujita memorial park (which is outside but just adjacent to the Hirosaki Park). They are worth visiting. Visitors can purchase a joint ticket for all three. The Hirosaki Park itself is quite huge and there are insufficient lightings after dark. Better to visit in the day time.
    Written November 9, 2019
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    It is a beauty. It is not a huge castle that its name may imply. It is only three storey high. The interior ground floor is less than 200 sq metres. It looks like a tower or a pagoda. The design and architecture are Japanese. The details are meticulously worked out and built. Quite an amazing sight. After sunset, the castle is lit up and that makes it even more beautiful. There are exhibits inside the castle. More interesting is to try to climb up the very steep, ladder like internal staircase to the top floor. Admission is not free but quite worth it.
    Written November 6, 2019
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  • Eric J
    Munich5,848 contributions
    Mt. Iwaki rises alone from near sea- level, making it seem much larger than it really is. The views are stunning, and you cn see it on a clear day from the Aomori bridge and from the ferry to Hakodate, even.
    Written May 9, 2019
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  • pollyoppy
    Ormskirk, UK1,262 contributions
    In a very beautiful place this shrine is a good place to visit if you are in Hirosaki. Surrounded by cedar trees it is very tranquil.
    Written October 9, 2019
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  • Vyra Tyra
    Hanoi, Vietnam22 contributions
    Visiting Hirosaki Apple Park is a must-do when you visit Hirosaki.

    Travelling there :
    Although it is hard to travel there without a car, most of the time, your hotel or homestay will either guide you there or even drive you there.

    Upon entering the apple park, you are greeted with apple trees on both sides of the road.

    The Main Event:
    You should head into the main building and check the apple picking time as it is not usually fixed. You will be allowed to pick a selected breed of apple and a max of 4. You might think 4 is very little, trust me, it is a lot of apples, they are huge.

    Side Options:
    Consider to take some time and rent the bicycle. Riding around the park is very relaxing. There is also a decent-sized play-ground for kids if they do get bored. Lastly, you will be able to learn about every single type of apple worldwide.

    Food:
    The apple ice-cream is great! You really the flavour of the apples in it and the ice-cream is not too sweet.
    Do also try the cold soup, it is weird but tasty!

    Ok, time for the only bad.
    The apple park only serves food up till 2 pm, after which, you will only be allowed to order sweets and drinks.
    I ordered the apple pie, thinking that it will be great... I was sorely disappointed. The pie was pre-made and re-heated, the crust was not crispy and the apple was dead.

    Overall:
    It was indeed fun and I would have loved to spend more time there.
    Will I return? Depends on who I am with. If alone, no.
    Written November 12, 2019
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    When it comes to landscape gardening, the Japanese have no equals. This is a rather large garden, consisting of two levels. The upper level has a teahouse and a traditional Japanese home, which is open to visitors. The usual landscape features are at the lower level, including a lovely waterfall. Unlike other Japanese gardens, there are not too many carved or manicured vegetation. The creator relies more on the natural environment, and this makes the garden less “artificial “. Overshadowed by the Hirosaki Park, there are not too many visitors here. This makes a leisurely stroll even more enjoyable.
    Written November 8, 2019
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,739 contributions
    Hirosaki had an abundance of buildings in the Western/Japanese hybrid style from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of them are around an open plaza across and above the main entrance to the castle.

    If you can’t visit all of these buildings, you can get a quick and miniature view of many of the historic structures by wandering around to the back of the library.

    There are replicas of the historic structures placed along a walkway on the grassed area behind the library in the historic compound. There is a descriptive board with information about each.

    Some of the buildings themselves are open to the public, as the City Library is, and others we could not get into but we could look into the windows to get a glimpse of the past.

    Worth a visit for lovers of older buildings. The place gives you a real sense of history and days gone by.
    Written March 11, 2019
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  • 2CAtravelers
    Brattleboro, VT674 contributions
    Bring your earplugs because the opening of the presentation includes lots of very loud banging of drums which is earsplitting. We saw someone even walk out due to noise.
    Getting past this, it's interesting to hear the music, learn about the festival, and see some of the things associated with the festival. After the presentation, you can walk around the exhibits to get a closer look at things. There's even a lovely garden area in the center of the complex as well as food and souvenir shops. Mostly this place seems to be frequented by tour buses but parking did not seem to be an issue. This is located approximately a one hour drive from the cruise port at Aomori.
    Written October 24, 2018
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  • Chin Kiat C
    Singapore, Singapore67 contributions
    One could buy one's food and sit down to eat at any table dotted around the market. The focus here is on fresh produce and most things you can think of in this category were found here. Nice market that gives you an overview on the fresh food available in this area.
    Written October 20, 2018
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  • Heikki S
    Sendai, Japan98 contributions
    Choshoji is situated at the end of a street (actually 2) lined with temples. There's a dozen or so temples in one area. Most of these have little to offer, unless you really like temples, but Choshoji is different. It holds a number of tombs of the former lords of Hirosaki Castle. Walking among the cedar trees is very calming. Apparently there is a¥300 entrance fee, though I didn't find anyone to pay it though.
    Written January 6, 2017
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  • unescotravelbug
    Wooster, OH4,201 contributions
    This tourist office is located at the right side of JR Hirosaki Central Exit. Many helpful tourism brochures for Hirosaki and Aomori Prefecture are available. English speaking staff on duty is polite and very helpful during my visits in 2017 and again this summer. They even helped us where to wait for hotel pick up at the station and what type of transportation to take for city sightseeing and visits to other Aomori Prefecture's top attractions. Office is small but conveniently located just at the exit of the JR Station.
    Written October 28, 2019
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  • Dick S
    2 contributions
    Great views. It took a good hour to walk to the summit, but it was a good feeling. There were plenty of Japanese people walking to the top.
    Written October 16, 2019
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    This is a small Catholic Church, capable of holding no more than 120 people. The architecture is European in style. Inside, the altar is beautiful, so are the stained colour windows. There are no luxuries, though. However, I do feel serene and comfortable in this simple, no-frill house of God. Worldly treasures are for people of this world only. Believers are encouraged to drop by, say a prayer, and enjoy a peace of mind.
    Written November 2, 2019
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    This beautiful medium sized shrine has been overlooked by visitors. There are not that many visitors, which ensures a peaceful environment. The Shrine includes a five storey pagoda, which is elegant looking and which has been well preserved. The two rabbit statues in front of the main gate “guard” the Shrine. There are many high rise trees, which have changed their colours during this autumn season - a mixture of red, orange, golden yellow and green. Together they present a marvellous, beautiful snd breathtaking picture. The Shrine is a bit out of the way, but it is worthy of the additional efforts.
    Written November 3, 2019
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