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地図 散策ポイント Goshogawara Hirosaki Kuroishi Towada Lake
Goshogawara (Approximately 50 minutes by car from Aomori Pier
Tsugaru Shamisen Museum
写真 This museum introduces the Tsugaru Shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument with a large following across the country. There are Shamisen stage performances daily, so listeners can experience the powerful tones up close.
Dazai Osamu Memorial Hall
写真 The birthplace of Dazai Osamu (1909-1948), a native of Aomori and its foremost representative literary figure. A mansion built of high-quality Japanese cypress, this precious building itself gives a glimpse into major landowners of the time. In the storeroom are over 600 informational materials from Dazai Osamu’s life, including handwritten manuscripts and letters and his beloved cape, among others.
Tsugaru Railway
写真 Japan’s northernmost privatized railway linking Goshogawara with Nakasato over 20.7 kilometers of track. In accordance with the seasons, passengers can experience the wind-bell train, the bell cricket train, and the wood-burning stove train. Native-born train attendants give detailed information rooted in the histories and cultures of areas visited
Tachineputa Museum
写真 A museum introducing and exhibiting the Goshogawara Neputa—akin to the Aomori Nebuta festival—which is held every year from August 4-8. 3 of the previous year’s lantern floats are on display. At approximately 22 meters, they are quite a sight to see! Additionally, you can observe progress on this year’s float on the third floor, where a float is in constant production.
Hirosaki (Approximately 60 min. by car from Aomori Pier
Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park)
写真 Hirosaki castle, originally built as the castle for the Tsugaru lord, is now nationally renowned for its cherry blossoms. It shows many different faces depending on the season, and the form of days long gone remains in its donjon, three remaining turrets, five castle gates, and a surrounding moat.
Tsugaru-clan Neputa Village
写真 Here the giant fan-shaped lanterns called “Hirosaki Neputa” are exhibited along with informational materials about them. Their traditional flute and taiko accompaniment can be experienced here as well. The 10-meter neputa lanterns’ pomp is quite a sight to see.
Zenrin Row
写真Rarely found anywhere in Japan, here there are 33 gathered temples dedicated to the Sōtōshū sect, a style of Zen. Not only does it have a romantic feel as a glimpse into traditional Japan, it is a cornerstone for Hirosaki’s Buddhist beliefs. Chōshūmon’s Sanmon, a gate in the bowels of Zenrin Row, boasts a height of 16 meters and is a grandiose architectural structure.
Kuroishi (60 min. from Aomori Pier by car)
Komise (Small Shops) Road
写真An avenue of small shops preserving the atmosphere of the Edo Period, Komise Road’s buildings are full of traditional architecture. It has been chosen as one of the “100 roads of Japan” and with a national treasure—the Takahashi family’s home—the sake breweries and storehouses make one reminiscent of the old days.
Tsugaru Loral Craftworks
写真 Tsugaru Lacquerware, Neputa, and Kokeshi dolls are among the traditional crafts exhibited here. Visitors can observe the creation of different traditional crafts as well. Nebuta decoration is just one of the experience learning activities offered (Reservations required). Additionally, 100 people can all enjoy a Japanese hot spring foot bath together.
Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum
写真 Over 5,000 wooden, expressive Kokeshi dolls have been gathered from all over Japan and displayed here. The 4.21-meter “Japan’s Biggest Jumbo Kokeshi” really attracts visitors’ attention.
Towada Lake (90 min. from Aomori Wharf by car)
Towada Lake
写真 At 400 meters above sea, 46.2 kilometers in circumference, and a maximum depth of 326.8 meters, this is Japan’s 3rd deepest lake. Boating is possible, cruises are available, and cycling and hiking around the lake are popular. We recommend the area between Towada Lakeside/Nenokuchi and Yakeyama just outside the Oirase Gorge, especially during the spring and autumn months.

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