Hirosaki Castle Park & Neputa Festival Exhibition Hall

5.5 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 1 0
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$ 164.95
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Points of Interest

  • Hirosaki Castle
  • Tsugaru-han Neputa-mura (Tsugaru Province Neputa Village)
Strenuous activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Begin at Hirosaki Castle Park. Constructed in 1611, the original structure was struck by lightning in 1627 and burned to the ground. Although rebuilt in 1810, the castle still retains an aura of its ancient past. This historical treasure sits tucked away in the lush 121-acre Castle Park, home to one of Japan's most popular cherry blossom festivals. Next, you'll learn about Hirosaki's famous annual festival at the Nebuta Festival Exhibition Hall. Here, you'll experience a true taste of the fine details that make this annual tradition so historic. The fantastical floats that parade through the city are a sight to behold. These large, fan-shaped floats feature mythological warriors on one side and elegant women on the other. A knowledgeable guide will provide commentary, and you will hear local music during the celebration. Return home with a camera filled with memories after this fascinating day.

Special Notes:

Hirosaki Castle tower is relocated for a 10-year renovation of its inner stone wall. The walking at Hirosaki Castle Park is over mostly flat bare ground. There are no elevators in the castle. To visit the floors inside, approximately 30 very steep (almost ladder) stairs are required. This tour is not recommended for passengers with walking difficulties. Hirosaki Castle Park is expected to be very crowded during the cherry blossom festival. Cherry blossom bloom is subject to weather. Japanese yen are required for additional purchases. A minimum of 20 passengers is required for this tour to operate. The tour order may vary.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship to Hirosaki Castle Park

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 40
Travel time: 01:15
Time at site: 01:10
Free time at site: 60
Inside visit: No
Air conditioned: No
Walking distance: 1000
Steps: 10
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes

Visit Neputa village

Transport type: Walking
Transport Capacity: 40
Travel time: 00:20
Time at site: 01:30
Free time at site: 45
Inside visit: Yes
Air conditioned: Yes
Walking distance: 300
Steps: 20
Restroom available: Yes
Shopping available: Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type: Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity: 40
Travel time: 01:15
Air conditioned: Yes
Walking distance: 0
Steps: 5
Restroom available: No
Shopping available: No