What you'll do
Please gather in front of Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center which is in Otemon. I will explain the history of Hirosaki castle and the history of cherry trees and apples, which is said to be the best of Japan. Then, we will walk through the Ohashi bridge on foot and visit Hirosaki Castle information museum which was built last year. Hirosaki Castle information museum is developed as a facility to present the history of the Hirosaki Castle and the Tsugaru family, and to present the latest information of the repairs and the sightseeing information around the park. In the exhibition area which becomes the point of view, we can see "the castle and the castle bottom map" , "the history of the Tsugaru clan residence", "the history of Hirosaki castle’s fortification”, ”the transition of Hirosaki castle” and “Hirosaki castle news” by the digital screen of the touch panel method. On the walls of the rest space, images such as cherry blossoms in the park, CG images of horse training and brigade queue are projected on the east and west windshields which stretched special films, respectively. After that, we enter Honmaru, the center of the castle. The English speaking tour guide will explain the origin of the Shimono Bridge, (a 2.5 meter square stone that is similar in shape to the shell of a turtle) which is a turtle stone(the shape was elegant like a crane and was named for the moral)and crane pine. You can search for that by yourself. Then, we will go into the triple guardian. From Honmaru we can look at Tsugaru 's Buddhist Iwaki Mountain (also known as Tsugaru Fuji).At the same time the English speaking tour guide will introduce the literary people who were born from the Tsugaru region. Moving to Butoku Hall, you can dress up as a Japanese princess or a lord. And then we will take a break and have cakes and drinks. As soon as the dressing experience is over, we will move to “Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura” which is located near Hirosaki Castle. Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura welcomes you and you can observe the large neputa with a height of 10 meters and the interior framework. At any time staff can demonstrate the whistle and drums, and you can also beat the drum by yourself. In addition, Neputa paintings and kite paintings of members of Tsugaru Nishiki Writers Association are exhibited. At the top area "zuguri-an", there are various demonstrations of top-down demonstration corners including the unique Tsugaru top (Koma) inherited from long ago. You can gain a nice present if you hit luckily with the top roulette. Also, you can play with nostalgic wooden toys beside the corner. In addition, you can visit the tsugaru distinctive Oishi martial arts garden "Youki-en" , a registration monument of the country, which designated by Tsugaru Fuji Iwaki Mountain and Hirosaki Park's old pine tree. And you also can listen to Tsugaru Shamisen. Also, you can have a happy shopping journey at the largest forestry and fishery products market in Aomori Prefecture, which you can buy souvenir confectionery as well. After that, Iwill tell you about how to get on the bus to Hirosaki station. Finally the tour is over.
It is the host Fumio Kimura. I love to travel and in traveled all around Japan except Kochi. I traveled overseas as well as 10 countries and traveled around the museum in order to know various cultures of another country. I also have interest in eating delicious foods. Retired from teaching, I have been running a company, which is related to nursing-related schools, various training, courses and translates. I live in Hirosaki for 45 years and I love teaching and sharing about languages and cultures of various countries. I belonged to sightseeing guide in Hirosaki. I also experienced the members of the Aomori Prefectural Regional Museum of Councilors and the members of the Council of the Hirosaki City Museum. I guarantee you will have a good impression on Hirosaki.I will guide you in Japanese. If you want a translation guide, you should pay the translation fee of 3000yen.
Kimono experience fee & Park entrance fee &Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura entry ticket
Where you'll be
Hirosaki City has a long history as a castle town over 400 years, and you can see Iwaki Mountain from the Hirosaki Park , which is a symbol of Hirosaki City. It is also famous in Japan of apple and Cherry Blossoms. Starting from Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center, you can enjoy walking in the Hirosaki Park with a history of more than 400 years. After that, while walking around the outer moat, we stroll around the old town, and then move to Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura. You can listen to Tsugaru Shamisen, experience taiko drums and spin tops. Finally, in the hotel near the park, you can enjoy the local cuisine and alcohol of Tsugaru region completely.
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Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
I will guide you in Japanese. If you want a translation guide, you should pay the translation fee of 3500yen and please contact me in advance. Please be on time.
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Hirosaki castle walking & Dressing up as a lord or princess experience