Duration: 7 hours
Start/End: Aomori port/Aomori port (Yokohama)
Highlights: Hirosaki Park, Hirosaki Castle, Zenrin-gai, Sannai Maruyama Historical Site, Warasse, Nebuta House
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Meet your private guide and driver who will take you to discover your first destination – Hirosaki. Locates almost in the center of the Hirosaki Park, one of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan, is the splendid Hirosaki Castle. Enjoy its ancient beauty and elegant charming with the appealing landscape full of scenic moats and bridges inside the park.
This three-story castle involves a number of original turrets and impressive wooden gates. Come here in winter, don’t miss the chance to participate in the annual Snow Lantern Festival. Situates not far from Hirosaki Park is Zenrin-gai which is home to 33 Zen temples and shrines scattered both sides of the path. A large graveyard, surrounded by so many trees, can also be found here.
Then head to Sannai Maruyama Historical Site, known as one of Japan’s largest historical sites, consists of remains of the human settlement from the Early to the Middle Jomon period. Thanks to its special meaning in the region’ history, the site was designated as a National Special Historic Site of Japan.
Your trip cannot be completed without visiting Warasse, Nebuta House – a unique museum devoted to the city’s famous Nebuta Matsuri summer festival held annually in early August. Visitors might be overwhelmed by the museum’s red theme decoration with impressive lines of photos of Nebuta Matsuri’s 300-year history. Hanging along the corridor are lanterns made in the shape of the festival’s symbol – red goldfish. All contribute to a lively festival appearing in front of your eyes. The trip ends with return transport to the port.