Event, Experience Information of Hirosaki & Neighboring Cities

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

【4/23 - 5/5, 2016】
Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

  The former castle site is home to around 2,600 ornamental cherry trees,
  which are famous throughout Japan. 
  The best known variety is somei-yoshino. When the cherry trees are in full blossom 
  the park is indescribably beautiful, especially at night when the castle site buildings
  and trees are illuminated.
   Place:Hirosaki Park
     Access:About 30 min walk from JR Hirosaki Sta.
              About 15 min by using 100-yen Dotemachi Loop Bus

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Hirosaki Apple Blossom Festival

【5/6 - 5/15, 2016】
Hirosaki Apple Blossom Festival

Flowers of apples start blooming when cherry blossoms are about to fall. Hirosaki City Apple Park offers a spectacular scenery of apple blossom orchard with Mt. Iwaki in the background. Various attractions such as Tsugaru-shamisen live and hands-on experiences associated with apples including pressing apple flowers and apple peeling family competition are available.

Place:Hirosaki Apple Park
Access:Get on the Karekitai, Soma Line Get off at Tokiwazaka Iriguchi bus stop
About 5 min walk from that bus stop

2016 Apple Blossom Festival information


 Yukata Rental    Experience a unique part of Japanese culture!
  There is no better way to experience Hirosaki than in a yukata! Take a stroll through town and soak in  all the character this wonderful city has on offer. You don't need to return your yukata until the following day, so feel free to wear it to the local festivals! 

  Rental Period:6/1(Wed) ~8/21(Sun), 2016
  ※The rental period may be extended depending on weather conditions.
 
   See details here


Hirosaki Neputa Festival

【8/1 - 8/7, 2016】
Hirosaki Neputa Festival

The night sky is ablaze as the procession of vividly decorated floats winds through the streets and the air thunders with the poundings of the drums. The city comes alive, awakened from the summer doldrums by the emotion and excitement of the Neputa Festival.

Access: Dotemachi Course/ 10-30 min walk from Hirosaki sta.
Ekimae Course / Near the Central Exit of Hirosaki sta.

See details here

Oyama Sankei

【Early September】
Oyama Sankei

Oyama Sankei is a ceremony climbing to Mt. Iwaki in a group, on August1 by the old calendar. It is said to be established among ordinary people in the Edo Period. A large number of worshippers march holding golden sacred wands and colorful banners. Worshippers in white clothing keep calling "Saigi-Saigi" and head for Iwaki-yama Shrine. This ceremony was designated as a national important folk cultural property in 1984.

Place:From Hirosaki City Iwaki Branch to Iwaki-yama Shrine
Access:About 40min from JR Hirosaki Sta. by using a bus

Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival

【10/21 - 11/13, 2016】
Hirosaki Castle Autumn Chrysanthemum and Maple Leaf Festival

The castle grounds seethe with emotion as the brilliant autumn hues of 1,000 maple trees play off the deep green of the pines. You are also struck by the sharp scents of the chrysanthemums that adorn the dolls in the festival pavilions.

Place:Botanical Garden in Hirosaki Park
Access:About 15 min by using a 100-yen Dotemachi Loop Bus

See details here 

Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival

【2/9 - 2/12, 2017】
Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival

The Hirosaki Castle Park site offers beautiful winter scenes that elicit a myriad of poetic winter visions. During the festival, 50 or so snow lanterns and about 300 snow statues beckon visitors into this fantasy winter world.

Place:Hirosaki Park
Access:About 15 min by using a 100-yen Loop Bus

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Hirosaki Snow-lit paths

【2/9 - 2/12, 2017】
Hirosaki Snow-lit paths

Snow-lit paths are constructed in several places in the city during the Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival. In addition to the main site in the Kitano-kuruwa area of Hirosaki park, there are also sites in the Yoshino-cho green area, where the “A to Z Memorial Dog” created by contemporary artist Yoshitomo Nara stands, and other places which are illuminated by candles at night.

Place:Hirosaki Park
Access:
(Hirosaki Park):About 15 min by using a 100-yen Loop Bus from JR Hirosaki Sta.

See details here

Owani Town

Owani Onsen Azalea Festival

【Mid to Late May】
Owani Onsen Azalea Festival

Total 15,000 of azalea flower bloom in Chausuyama Park, where you can look over the town of Owani Onsen. 69 of Haiku stone monuments stand along the walking path. Trekking is recommended with viewing 300 different kinds of flowers and trees including cherry blossoms in the park. The beautiful view of Mt. Iwaki with snow lingering on top is also enchanting.

Place:Chausuyama Park, Owani-Town
Access:7 min walk from JR Owani Onsen sta./Owani sta., Konan Railway

Kuroishi City

Kuroishi Yosare

【8/15 - 8/16, 2016】
Kuroishi Yosare

Kuroishi Yosare is known as one of Japan's three major Nagashi Odori (parade dancing). It is said to be originated 500-600 years ago, and was a pair dance of male and female to represent love call. 3,000 dancers dancing together with a call "Eccha Ho" by taking over the street is spectacular. Visitors are able to join the dance.

Place:Kuroishi City
Access:10 min walk from Kuroishi sta.

Kuroishi Mt. Nakano Momiji

【Mid October - Early November】
Kuroishi Mt. Nakano Momiji

Mt Nakano-momiji, known with the beautiful autumn foliage has the Nakano Shrine and Fudokan castle ruin. A 200 year-old maple tree, a fir tree & 500-700 year-old tall cedar trees which all are designated as the natural monuments of the city grow around Nakano Shrine. Above all, the tall cedar trees are praised as giant trees in Tsugaru area. The mountain is aflame with the bright colors of autumn. From old times many visitors come here to appreciate the scenery.
The mountain is nicknamed "Small Arashiyama" from "Arashiyama", one of Japan's greatest autumn foliage spots in Kyoto.

Place:Mt. Nakano-momiji
Access:30 min from Kuroishi sta., Konan Railway by bus; get off at Itadome stop and walk 5 min

Inakadate Village

Rice Paddy Art in Inakadate Village

【5/30 to 10/10, 2016】
Rice Paddy Art in Inakadate Village

This rice paddy art project was started in 1993, with the aim of revitalizing Inakadate Village. Simple images of Mount Iwaki and rice plants were among the first designs to be portrayed. Then from 2003 onwards, various other artistic designs came into use. Images are usually created with yellow and purple varieties of rice together with an Aomori variety called Tsugaru Roman which is a fresh green. Due to the detailed and unique nature of this artwork it has gained considerable press attention and begun to attract many visitors.

Place①(May 30  ~ Oct 10):The First Rice Paddy Art
Inakadate Village Hall Observation Deck
Place②(Mid June ~ Oct 10):The Second Rice Paddy Art
Yayoi-no-Sato Observation Deck

Access:
About 25 min by using a bus for Kuroishi・Ookawara Line
Get off at Hatanaka bus stop, and about 3 min from that bus stop

See details here