Sights & landmarks in Hirosaki

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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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  • 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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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,741 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Apple_HK
    Hong Kong267 contributions
    As the museum is close to the Hirosaki Castle, one should drop by and have a quick walk around. It’s of nice old architecture and very Western style.
    Written May 16, 2017
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  • markelshout
    Beijing, China250 contributions
    Apple road is a pretty drive through the orchards. It was just before harvest when we went through so plenty of apples on trees. Would love to see this during the apple blossom. It would be truly incredible I believe.
    Written August 20, 2016
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    The Garden was holding a chrysanthemum flower show during my visit. Of different species, different colours, different shapes, the flowers are arranged into various patterns. You may not like all the patterns, but there must be some which you would appreciate. Admission is not free, but unless you really do not like flower shows, it is worth it. Allow at least 45 minutes for the visit.
    Written November 6, 2019
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  • Dale T
    Rockhampton, Australia315 contributions
    Sighted in late Autumn around 4:30pm, so it was dark and entry to the church wasn't possible. However, from the outside it was quite impressive a facade.
    Written November 22, 2015
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  • Warner L
    Pasadena, CA668 contributions
    Not the main site for Otemon Gate area, In the rear are 1/10 scale buildings - many - that I found interesting.
    Written November 5, 2019
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  • hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
    Vermont6,741 contributions
    This area is very close to the castle and an easy walk. The houses are located in a residential area and are marked near the entry. No one was there when we visited and the buildings were open for viewing.

    Each house was set in its own little garden compound. The grounds were neatly kept and the pathways clear. You can look in the windows or take off your shoes and enter each building. Some rooms had a few artifacts from their former days.

    We appreciate the trust the country puts in tourists by leaving these important historical houses open for visitors and free of charge.
    Written March 11, 2019
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  • Warner L
    Pasadena, CA668 contributions
    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.
    Written November 5, 2019
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