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Sightseeing courses

3 hours sightseeing course inside Hiirosaki city stylish western style architectures.

  • Course details

    In the 30th year of Meiji period, with the foundation of the military service No.8 divisional headquarters, various western style architectures were built by Sakichi Horie who was a master carpenter.
    Enjoy Hirosaki castle town which also has the stylish Meiji period style.

  • The time required

    3 hours

  • Best season

    A year round

  • Sightseeing route

    JR Hirosaki station・hotels inside Hirosaki—Osamu Dazai, House of Learning—Kyu Hirosaki Kaikosha—Memorial hall of Aomori Bank—Fujita memorial park—Hirosaki Local Literature Museum—Hirosaki Park—Tugaru han Neputa village—Hirosaki castle—JR Hirosaki・hotels inside Hirosaki.

Introducing sightseeing spots

Osamu Dazai, House of Learning

  • Points to see

    As the wife of Houzaburo Fujita who was the house owner, was a distant relative of the big landowner Gen-emon Tsushima(Father of Shuji Tsushima), Osamu Dazai (Shuji Tsushima) while he attended the Hirosaki National Highschool in the 2nd year of Showa to 5th year of Showa, took a room in this house.
    Osamu Dazai’s room was the inner part of 2F, with a closet, veranda, with a bow window.

  • Information for visitors

    closed on / December 29 – January 3
    Open periods / 9:00~16:00 Required time 10 minutes.
    Admission fee / Free

Former Hirosaki Kaikosha

  • Points to see

    Formerly, it was a hawk hunting ground and scenic spot as a villa and garden for the feudal lords later on.
    In the 30th year in Meiji period, with the foundation of the No.8 military service division, it became a ground of Kaikosha. Kaikosha was an organization for promoting mutual friendship with the commisioned officer. It was built in the 40th year of Meiji period by Sakichi Horie.
    The decorations of the inside and outside of the rennaisance style architecture is refined.

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

Fujita Memorial Garden

  • Points to see

    Fujita Kenichi who is originally from Hirosaki and the first president of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry made this garden in 1919(8th year in Taisho period) He invited garden designers from Tokyo and had them built an Edo taste garden.
    In the upper section, there is a surrounding scenery where you can view Mount Iwaki. Also a western, japanese, archeometry house which is a national designated tangible cultural asset is built.
    In the lower section, there is a stroke style garden around a big pound where the Shobu’s are beautiful. The area is about 20 thousand and 1800㎡.

  • Information for visitors

    Open period / Beginning of April – November 23
    Opening hours / 9:00~17:00 Time required 40 minutes.
    Admission fee / Adults 310 yen, Elementary and Junior Highschool students 100 yen.

Hirosaki Local Literature Museum

  • Points to see

    O-temon square, where both modern and historic western style architectures are built is the strongpoint of sightseeing and culture in Hirosaki.
    In the back rear of the former local library, 13 houses of mini sized historic structures are displayed which were built in Meiji and Taisho period.
    In the local literature museum, you can gather information on Hirosaki and the surrounding Tsugaru area, purchase souvenirs, and taste local cuisine.
    You can also check the vacany of the ryokans (japanese style inn) and hotels. This is a spot you would like to stopover at the beginning of your trip.

  • Information for visitors

    Temporary closure / the close of the old year to the start of the new year December 29 – January 3
    Open hours / 9:00~18:00 time required 15minuted to 30 minutes
    Admission fee free

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.

Tsugaru han (clan) Neputa Village

  • Points to see

    An important intangible folk cultural asset which colors a summer night in Hirosaki. Starting with Hirosaki Neputa, you can see the folkcraft of Tsugaru, hear a live preformance of Tsugaru Shamisen (3 stringed instrument). It is a perfect facility where you can see Tsugaru entirely and experience it.
    There is a corner which introduces Mount Iwaki.
    While looking at the 10m high huge Neputa, you can enjoy the taiko (drums) and shishi (lion) live performance, and listen to the Tsugaru shamisen performance up close. Why not experience the Tsugaru culture.

  • Information for visitors

    Days off / December 31
    Open period / April~November /9:00~17:00, December~March/9:00~16:00 time required 30 minutes
    Admission fee / Indivisuals 550 yen, Highschool and junior highschool students 350 yen, elementary students 200 yen, children over 3 years old 100 yen

Hirosaki Church, United Church of Christ in Japan

  • Points to see

    It is the oldest protestant church in the Tohoku area which was founded in the 8th year of Meiji period.
    The double headed design which resembes the Notre Dame in Paris was desiged by Hirosaki Gakuin Foreigner Missionary hall and Komagoro Sakuraba who was a Christian member, constructed by Isaburo Saito, a child of Sakichi Horie.
    A pulpit of Tsugaru painting and the japansese style room on the 2nd floor is characteristic.

  • Information for visitors

    days off / Sundays, Wednesdays (during the morning time)
    open periods / 10:00~16:00 time required 10 minutes
    Admission fee / Free

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 11,000 yen 95 cars available
high class taxi 4 people 15,500 yen 4 cars available Origin, Crown, Alphard, Celsior
jumbo taxi 9 people 16,500 yen 9 cars available HiAce
small size privately booked bus 21 people 33,000 yen 1 bus available Liesse II
medium sized privately booked bus 40 people 42,000 yen 2 buses available Aero ace, Melpha
wheel chair sleeping car 6 people 16,500 yen 6 cars available 2 wheel chair passengers(1sleeping berth possible)+4 people

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*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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