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!

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.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
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.
* Duration: 6 hours
* Starts: Hirosaki, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Hirosaki!

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.

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that’s best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
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.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hirosaki Castle, 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki 036-8551 Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki Castle (弘前城, Hirosakijō) was built in 1611 by the Tsugaru Clan. A three-story castle tower, fortified moats, castle gates and some corner turrets (yagura) survive or were reconstructed. The castle is located in Hirosaki Park, a spacious public park of about 0.6 square kilometers.

The castle’s original five-story keep burnt down in 1627 after being struck by lightning. Rebuilt in 1810, the present three-story keep is the only one in the Tohoku Region that was not rebuilt in the modern era, amongst only a handful in all of Japan.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura, 61 Kamenokomachi, Hirosaki 036-8332 Aomori Prefecture

The Neputa Mura (ねぷた村) or “Neputa Village” is a museum about Hirosaki’s famous festival, the Neputa Matsuri, and also introduces the city’s other cultural specialties.

The Neputa Matsuri takes place annually from August 1 to 7 around the same time when Neputa and Nebuta festivals are held all over Aomori Prefecture. It features floats with large painted screens that depict beautiful women, mythological warriors and other themes, and are illuminated from within when paraded through the streets. Several such floats and screens are on display in the Neputa Mura.

Although the main focus of the Neputa Mura is on the Neputa Festival, quite a few of Hirosaki’s other specialties are put on display, as well. There are areas devoted to the local shamisen instrument, to popular local handicrafts and to old-fashioned toys. There is also a Japanese garden and a teahouse from the 19th century.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, 8-1 Kamishiroganecho, Hirosaki 036-8207 Aomori Prefecture

The Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden (藤田記念庭園, Fujita Kinen Teien) was built in 1919 in the style of a traditional Japanese landscape garden. The spacious garden is separated into two main parts, an upper section and a lower section. It is named after its first owner, a local business man named Fujita Kenichi.

A few buildings of interest stand around the garden, including a traditional Japanese house in the upper section and a tea ceremony house in the lower section, both designed to afford views onto the surrounding landscape. Near the garden’s entrance gate stand a small archeology museum and a Western house with tearoom from the Taisho era (1912-1926).

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Former Ito Family Residence, 80 Wakadocho, Hirosaki 036-8333 Aomori Prefecture

When the Tsugaru Clan sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, they ensured their authority as the feudal lords of Hirosaki for the 250 years of the Edo Period. Hirosaki Castle was to be the base from which they would rule, and around which a typical castle town developed.

Like in all castle towns, the samurai, who served the Tsugaru Clan, lived in residences surrounding the castle of their feudal lord. Today, a section north of Hirosaki Castle remains preserved as a former samurai district. Although much of the area looks like an ordinary modern Japanese residential area today, three samurai houses and one merchant house have been preserved and are open to the public:

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Former Umeda Family Residence, 80, Wakadocho, Hirosaki Aomori Prefecture

When the Tsugaru Clan sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, they ensured their authority as the feudal lords of Hirosaki for the 250 years of the Edo Period. Hirosaki Castle was to be the base from which they would rule, and around which a typical castle town developed.

Like in all castle towns, the samurai, who served the Tsugaru Clan, lived in residences surrounding the castle of their feudal lord. Today, a section north of Hirosaki Castle remains preserved as a former samurai district. Although much of the area looks like an ordinary modern Japanese residential area today, three samurai houses and one merchant house have been preserved and are open to the public:

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Former Iwata Family Residence, 31, Wakadocho, Hirosaki Aomori Prefecture

When the Tsugaru Clan sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, they ensured their authority as the feudal lords of Hirosaki for the 250 years of the Edo Period. Hirosaki Castle was to be the base from which they would rule, and around which a typical castle town developed.

Like in all castle towns, the samurai, who served the Tsugaru Clan, lived in residences surrounding the castle of their feudal lord. Today, a section north of Hirosaki Castle remains preserved as a former samurai district. Although much of the area looks like an ordinary modern Japanese residential area today, three samurai houses and one merchant house have been preserved and are open to the public:

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ishiba Residence, 88 Kamenokomachi, Hirosaki 036-8332 Aomori Prefecture

When the Tsugaru Clan sided with Tokugawa Ieyasu at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600, they ensured their authority as the feudal lords of Hirosaki for the 250 years of the Edo Period. Hirosaki Castle was to be the base from which they would rule, and around which a typical castle town developed.

Like in all castle towns, the samurai, who served the Tsugaru Clan, lived in residences surrounding the castle of their feudal lord. Today, a section north of Hirosaki Castle remains preserved as a former samurai district. Although much of the area looks like an ordinary modern Japanese residential area today, three samurai houses and one merchant house have been preserved and are open to the public:

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ōtemon Square, 2-1 Shimoshiroganechō, Hirosaki, Aomori 036-8356, Japan

The Otemon Square (追手門広場, Ōtemon Hiroba), named after and standing across from the main entrance gate of Hirosaki Castle, is designed as a stepping off point for visitors to Hirosaki. It has an extensive Sightseeing Information Center where travelers can get maps, pamphlets and advice about the city’s sightseeing spots.

There is also a souvenir shop, a few restaurants and a small exhibition about local handicrafts and the Neputa Festival. Around Otemon Square stand a few of Hirosaki’s early Western style buildings, including the Former City Library, which was constructed in 1907. The library is no longer in use, but is open to the public.

Duration: 15 minutes