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Sightseeing courses

1.5 hours sight, seeing local tour in Hirosaki city

  • Course details

    Visiting Hirosaki city’s famous sight, seeing spots in a short time.
    Perfect for passengers who do not have much time, or have time until next train, plane connection, and would like to sight, see famous spots.

  • The time required

    1.5 hours

  • Best season

    A year round

  • Sightseeing route

    JR Hirosaki station, hotels inside the Hirosaki city—Memorial hall of Aomori Bank —Saisho Inn, Five storied Pagoda—Hirosaki apple park—Choshoji temple and Zen temple area—Hirosaki park, O-temon square

Introducing sightseeing spots

Memorial hall of Aomori bank

  • Points to see

    (Important Cultural Property) The first bank in Aomori. This was built in 1904 by Horie Sakichi as the headquarters of the national bank.
    It is a rennaisance style building, compromise between japanese and western style, the “kinkarakawashi”(japanese leather paper)used in the ceiling and the counter made by the keyaki tree are points to see.

  • Information for visitors

    visit period / April 1 – November 30
    visit time / 9:30~16:30, time required 15minutes to 30 minutes
    Day off / Tuesday, 8/13
    Admission fee / Adults 200 yen, elementary, junior high school students 100 yen

Saisho-in, Five Storied Pagoda

  • Points to see

    (Important culture property)The third generation feudal lord Nobuyoshi had started construction to provide repose for the people who died in the Tsugaru uniformation regardless of friend and foe. After 11 years of construction it was completed in 1667 by the feudal lord Nobumasa.
    On the 3rd year of Heisei, after the 9th typhoon (apple typhoon), on the verge of collapse, the whole surface was taken apart for repair.
    It was the 7th large scale repair after construction. In the 15th year of heisei, after 335 years a service for an enshrined Buddhist image to reveal the principle image was held.

  • Information for visitors

    visit time/9:00~16:30, time required 15 minutes~30 minutes
    Day off / None
    admission fee / free, an offertory

Hirosaki apple park

  • Points to see

    Hirosaki is the center of apple production in Japan, and this is the theme for this park.
    At the information start up corner “apple house”, you can study about apples while eating and experiencing. There are also souvenir shops which provide more than 1200 items of apple souvenirs.
    Also, the homestead and farm machines of farmhouses are displayed. You can come into contact with apples, learn, and even play with apples.
    Every year from 5/7~16, an apple flower festival is held.

  • Information for visitors

    emporary closure / over the year-end and the new year December 29 – January 3
    Facility open hours / 9:00~17:00, time required 15 minutes~30 minutes
    Admission fee / Free
    Guide inside the park (reservation needed) time required 30 minutes

Zen temple area

  • Points to see

    (Important culture property) After the following year of the construction of Hirosaki castle, the 2nd generation feudal lord, Nobuhira gathered the Zen temples of the Soto sect from the entire Tsugaru to serve as a protective fortress in the back demon’s gate.
    As the 33 temples were lined up as forests, it is called Zen temple area.
    Even throughout Japan, it is rare that temples of the same religious sect are in the same place.

Chosho-ji

  • Points to see

    (Important culture property) Constructed in 1526. In 1610 as a southwest defense of the Hirosaki castle, it was moved to the current space.
    It is a must-see temple where there are graves and mausoleums of the successive liege lords of the Tsugaru family.
    The repair of the Mikagedou and Hondou which started in 2005, after 200 years is finished. Currently, a moiety of the back section is under repair.

  • Information for visitors

    visit period / April~ October (please confirm from November)
    visit time / 9:00~16:00 time required 15minutes~30 minutes
    Temporary closure / none
    Admission fee / 300 yen, under junior highschool students 250 yen

Hirosaki park

  • Points to see

    Sakura, which stands close to the castle, maples that turn into deep red, fantastic snow hanging lanterns…
    The castle walls which remain the same as the past history.
    Inside the park of the area of 42.9 ha (half the size of the Imperial Palace) you can see 2600 sakura trees with 50 sorts, 2200 pine trees, 1200 trees of autumn leaves.
    One round takes 2 hours, enjoy walking slowly and experience the history.
    Even after coming many times and at what time, one’s heart flutters to this wonderful place. It is the symbol of Hirosaki.

Hirosaki castle

  • Points to see

    (Important cultural property) The castle which the Tsugaru feudal lords established after the Tsugaru uniformation. The first feudal lord Tamenobu planned the construction and Nobuhira completed the castle in 1611.
    Remaining on the grounds are the castle tower, three turrets, five gates.
    In the 22nd year of Heisei, 400 years have passed since construction. In the 23rd year of Heisei, the keep has been moved, and the repair of the stone walls have started.
    Due to the repair of the stone walls of Hirosaki castle, construction started moving the keep 70m to the inner part. Therefore, the view of the castle is different from the photo. We appreciate your understanding. In the year 2021, the repair of the stone walls is scheduled to end, and the keep will be moved to the former place.

  • Information for visitors

    Admission paid for the keep and the northern wall.
    Admission-paid period / April 1 – November 23 9:00~17:00 time required 20 minutes.
    Admission fee / “indivisual” adults 310 yen, child 100 yen.

Taxi fees

taxi type number of people who can ride charge number of cars remarks reservation and credit card settlements
small size taxi 4 people 7,000 yen 95 cars available
high class taxi 4 people 9,000 yen 4 cars available Origin, Crown, Alphard, Celsior
jumbo taxi 9 people 10,000 yen 9 cars available HiAce
small size privately booked bus 21 people 26,000 yen 1 bus available Liesse II
medium sized privately booked bus 40 people 32,000 yen 2 buses available Aero ace, Melpha
wheel chair sleeping car 6 people 10,000 yen 6 cars available 2 wheel chair passengers(1sleeping berth possible)+4 people

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*Regarding the information and photos of sightseeing spots and facilities on the homepage, we do not guarantee the accuracy, reliability and integrity.

*For details of the sightseeing spots and facilities on our homepage (open hours, admission fee), please confirm on the official homepages respectively.

*Admission fee, entrance fee, the cost of food and drink, parking fee, toll road fee are not included in the charge. Customer must bear the actual expenses.

*If during the ride, customer changes the route or cancels the ride for personal reasons, customer must pay for the calculated amount which is applied by temporality charge from the beginning.

*At the sightseeing spots, if the time is extended under a special contract with the customer, customer must pay for the amount which is applied by temporality charge.

*There may be cases in which the driver is not fluent in English. We appreciate your understanding.

*A sightseeing taxi is a service which we drive you to the sightseeing facilities on our taxi according to the sightseeing courses decided in advance. It is not a service which a travel agency provides, therefore our driver will not provide comment on the sightseeing facilities and guide you. It is possible to drive you to the sightseeing facilities which are not on the sightseeing courses. If you would like to visit optional sightseeing facilities or sightseeing courses, please contact us from the e-mail inquiry form.

Reservations, inquiries about sightseeing taxi

For reservations and inquiries of sightseeing taxi, please contact the following telephone number or e-mail form.
TEL: 0172-33-3333

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