Hirosaki Castle Park & Neputa Festival Exhibition Hall

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

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

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

WHAT YOU WILL VISIT:
Hirosaki Castle Park
This historic castle, constructed in 1611, was struck by lightning in 1627 and burned to the ground. Although rebuilt in 1810, it still retains an aura of its ancient past when samurais ruled the country. This historical treasure sits tucked away in the lush and peaceful 121-acre Castle Park, home to one of the country's most popular natural spectacles. If you're lucky enough to visit during the last week of April and the first week of May, you'll witness the "sakura matsuri," or cherry blossom festival.

Neputa Village - Festival Exhibition Hall
Neputa Village is a museum dedicated to Hirosaki's famous festival, the Neputa Matsuri. Japan is famous for its matsuri, local festivals celebrated in almost every region of the country. Each city takes pride in its elaborately decorated dashi, or floats, colorfully painted with depictions of gods, mythical creatures or historical figures, that are paraded through town. In the Hirosaki Neputa Festival, designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan, the hallmark is its grand, fan-shaped floats that boast images of fierce warriors on one side and elegant women on the other. You will hear local music as you admire the incredible artistry of the floats.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE ALONG THE WAY:
Your 90-minute motorcoach drive to Hirosaki Castle Park travels through the picturesque countryside. If you are lucky enough to arrive in May, you will see the park turn to pale pink when its 2,600 cherry trees are in full bloom. Hirosaki is so well known for cherry trees that it's the city's official flower.

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.

Details

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
Wheelchair accessible:
No
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
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
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
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No