Aomori-Hirosaki-World Natural Heritage Site 3-Day Tour

Suggested Time
3 days / 2 nights
Transport Options
Train, Bus, Walk
Season
All year around
Start
Day1
Konan Railway Hirosaki Sta.
25min
Tanbo Art Sta.
11min
Free Shuttle Bus

Rice Paddy Art -Inakadate Village-

The rice paddy art began in 1993 when purple and yellow rice plants were used to make a picture of Mt. Iwaki along with letters on rice paddies. The main purpose behind the creation was to take advantage of the tradition of manual work in rice cultivation to give people an opportunity to learn more about rice farming and agriculture.
The rice paddy art uses various colored rice plants as paint on a rice-field canvas. The massive pictures are elaborately designed using perspective drawing methods to make them look their best when seen from the observation platform. The art has gained media attention from domestic and international media because of its uniqueness. Every year, over 100,000 visitors from Japan and abroad come to see the fields, including the Emperor and Empress of Japan in September, 2014.


Rice Making Experience Tour

[Rice Planting Tour Beginning of June]
Fee:Free (lunch provided)
*Please come dressed in clothing appropriate for manual labor. (Prior registration is required)
[Rice Harvesting Tour End of September]
Fee: Free (Onigiri (rice ball) and tonjiru (pork miso soup) are provided)
*Please come dressed in clothing appropriate for manual labor. (Prior registration is required)


[Inakadate-mura Planning Tourism Division, Chamber of tourism section]

TEL  0172-58-2111(ext.242)

FAX  0172-58-4751

e-mail  muraokoshi@vill.inakadate.ig.jp

Address
南津軽郡田舎館村田舎舘中辻123−1 田舎館村役場(田舎館村展望台)
Telephone Number
0172-58-2111
Opening Times
9:00~17:00(Last Admission 16:30)(Beginning of June ~ mid-October)
Closures
Open on weekends and holidays during the rice paddy art event.
11min
Free Shuttle Bus
Tanbo Art Sta.
6min
Kuroishi Sta.
+ 10min Walk
5min
Kuroishi Sta.
30min
Hirosaki Sta.
15min (Konan Bus Dote-machi Loop Bus)
Bunka Center (Culture Center) Stop
+ 8min Walk

Tsugaru Clan Neputa Village

A hands-on sightseeing facility based on the theme of the Hirosaki Neputa Festival.

Tsugaru-han Neputa Mura is a tourist spot where visitors can experience a quasi-Hirosaki Neputa Festival. The fan-shaped Neputa actually used in the festival are exhibited for viewing. Visitors can also try the taiko (Japanese drums) along with the Neputa musicians themselves. Live Tsugaru-shamisen performance are also open for viewing.

There is a facility for visitors to see, experience, and buy Tsugaru traditional artwork, with shops selling local produce such as vegetables, apples, and rice.

Address
弘前市亀甲町61
Telephone Number
0172-39-1511
Opening Times
09:00 to 17:00
Closures
None
8min

Hirosaki Park(Hirosaki Castle)

The park is famous as one of the top cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan.

Hirosaki Park is a vast park located in the center of Hirosaki City. The park is home to 2,000 cherry trees and attracts visitors from all over the world during the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival held in spring. In addition to the Autumn Foliage Festival in autumn and the Snow Lantern Festival in winter, various events for local residents are held throughout the year, making this park a beloved symbol of the community.

Address
弘前市大字下白銀町一番地
Telephone Number
0172-33-8739
Opening Times
09:00 to 17:00
Closures
11/24 to 3/31
4min
Shiyakusyomae Stop
20min

Hirosaki City Apple Park

A tourist facility unique to Japan's most famous apple producing region

Hirosaki Park is the home to over 1300 apples trees with 65 different varieties. Visitors can tour and have hands-on experience of the steps involved in apple production. At the production experience garden, participants can sort and bag the apples, prune the leaves, as well as freely explore the garden. The Ringo no Ie (Apple House) has a large assortment of over 1250 apple products from sweets to crafts. The café’s menu includes apple curry, pork tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), and apple soft served ice cream. There’s even more to see – an old farm house with old farming equipment, a play area, and a picnic area.

During the winter, visitors can also experience kanjiki (wooden footwear made for walking on the snow) and sledding, special experiences that only be had in the snow country.

Address
弘前市清水冨田字寺沢125
Telephone Number
0172-36-7439
Opening Times
09:00 to 17:00
Meals 10:00 to 15:00
Cafe 09:00 to 16:30
Closures
None
7min
20min
JR Hirosaki Sta.
Day2
JR Hirosaki Sta.
50min (Konan Bus Shirakami Line)
Nishimeyamura Yakuba-mae Stop
+ 10min Walk

Sirakami-Sanchi Visitor Center

10min
Nishimeyamura Yakuba-mae Stop
50min (Konan Bus Shirakami Line)

Aqua Green Village ANMON

Enjoy nature in this vast virgin beech tree forest. Facilities include cottages, a fishing hole, woodcraft center (Tontenkan), a camp site, Wanpaku Toride (athletic playground for children) and ANMON hot springs.


ANMON Onsen

After a day’s stroll through the Shirakami Sanchi, ANMON hot spring bath at Aqua Village ANMON makes the perfect stop. Soak yourself in an open air bath with a great view of Shirakami Sanchi and relax to your hearts content.
Quality:Sodium chloride water
Effective for: Arthritis, muscle ache, joint ache, burn, chronic skin disease, etc.
Hours:10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Address
中津軽郡西目屋村川原平字大川添417
Telephone Number
0172-85-3021
Opening Times
Late May–October
40min
Shirakami Sanchi Kuchi Tsugaru Toge

World Heritage Site, Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi is a general term used to refer to the massive 130,000ha (501 square miles) mountainous land extended over Aomori and Akita prefecture. In December 1993, it became the first Japanese World Heritage Site along Yakushima in Kagoshima prefecture. There are only four natural heritage sites in Japan: Shirakami Sanchi of Aomori and Akita; Yakushima of Kagoshima; Shiretoko of Hokkaido; and Ogasawara Islands of Tokyo.
Shirakami Sanchi has been sheltered from human influence, maintaining its original shape with massive primeval beech trees. The forests of Shirakami Sanchi are home to precious rare animals and plants such as black woodpeckers and golden eagles. 


Enjoying the Nature of Grand Shirakami Sanchi

In the towns of Fukaura or Ajigasawa, and the village of Nishimeya there are a few of the entrances to the forests of Shirakami Sanchi in Aomori. Visitors can climb mountains, trek through the beech forest, or meet locals around Shirakami Sanchi. This type of green tourism where visitors meet with nature and people is gaining popularity.
Some popular locations for visiting the Shirakami Sanchi are the Anmon Waterfall in Nishimeya-mura, the mother tree of Tsugaru Toge (Tsugaru pass), the Kurokuma Waterfall in Ajigasawa, and Lake Juniko in Fukaura. 


Shirakami Sanchi Visitor Center

Visitors can learn about the natural environment of Shirakami Sanchi and its relation with people.


Address61-1 Kanda Tashiro Nishimeya-mura Nakatsugaru-gun Aomori-ken 036-1411
Contact0172-85-2810
Dates ClosedApril through December – Every second Monday (the following day when it falls on a holiday)
December 29th to January 3rd
Admission FeeFree(There is a charge for viewing large screen films)
URL(Japanese)https://www.shirakami-visitor.jp/index.html


AquaGreenVillage ANMON

This facility has a general information center, onsen (hot spring), cottages, camp sites, and large play areas.

Address417 Okawazoe Kawaratai Nishimeya Aomori-ken 036-1424
Contact0172-85-3021
Business Hours9:00~17:00
Dates ClosedClosed from mid-January to April
Admission FeeFree(There is a fee for onsen, restaurants, and lodging)
URL(Japanese)http://www.kumagera.net/facillties/anmon.html



Address
西目屋村 鰺ヶ沢町 深浦町
Telephone Number
0172-85-2622
130min
JR Hirosaki Sta.
Short Walk

Hirosaki Station Building, APPLIESE

JR Hirosaki Sta.
10min
JR Owani Onsen Sta.
+ 1min Walk

“Wanicome” – Owani Community Center

Day3
JR Owani Onsen Sta.
12min
JR Hirosaki Sta.
50min
JR Aomori Sta.
+ 5min Walk

Furukawa Fish Market Nokke-don

For those looking for a bite around Aomori station, look no further. The “Nokke-don” at the local’s kitchen, Aomori Gyosai Center (also known as Furukawa Fish Market), is a must-eat. Nokke-don, which literally means a rice bowl with toppings, is a dish allowing customers to pick toppings from the wide selection to place on top of rice. Whether you want to try a variety of things or enjoy both seafood and meat, it is the ultimate rice dish for choosy eaters. 


How to Enjoy Your Original Don

Do you want to try rare ingredients and dishes? Done. Or do you want to eat your favorites as much as possible? Done. Customers can make their original-don with the wide selection of product within the market.
1. Buy a ticket at the Information Desk or one of the selected shops.
2. Go to a shop with the orange flag and get a bowl of rice in exchange with the ticket.
3. Find your toppings and make your don with your preferred choice of ingredients and amount. There is a wide selection of sashimi, meat, and side dishes.
4. Your Original-don is ready! Enjoy your don at the rest area of the market.
*Take-out or shipping of the Nokke-don is not available.

Address
青森市古川1-11-16
Telephone Number
017-763-0085
Opening Times
Nokke-don Hours: 7:00 ~ 16:00 *Each shop hour varies.
Closures
Every Tuesday
January 1st – 2nd
*Possible unscheduled temporary closure.
10min

Aomori Tourist Information Center, ASPAM

Address
青森市安方1-1-40
Telephone Number
017-735-5311
5min

Aomori City Culture Tourist Exchange Facility, The Nebuta House Wa Rasse

A Nebuta exhibition facility where visitors can experience the Nebuta Festival all year round.

Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse is an exhibition facility for the Aomori Nebuta Festival, one of the most famous summer festivals in Aomori Prefecture. You can learn about the production techniques and history of Nebuta. In the Nebuta Hall, large Nebuta that were actually used in the festival are displayed. There is also a corner where you can try your hand at matsuri-bayashi (festival music), beating a big drum and jumping around to the music.

Address
青森市安酸1-1-1
Telephone Number
017-752-1311
Opening Times
May-August: 09:00 - 19:00, last admission 18:30
September to April: 09:00 to 18:00, last admission 17:00
Closures
December 31 and January 1
August 9 and 10 (replacement of Nebuta on display)
Short Walk

A-FACTORY

A-FACTORY, located a short 1-minute walk from Aomori Station, is a duty-free, market-style shopping center that sells local products such as sweets, processed goods, fresh vegetables and fruits. The most featured facility at A-FACTORY is the apple cidre (cider) factory, which produces cidre and juices onsite using Aomori grown apples.


AOMORI CIDRE


Cidre (Cider) is a refreshing and delicate European sparkling alcoholic beverage made from the juice of apples. Given that Aomori is Japan’s top apple producer, A-FACTORY crafts all its cidres with locally grown apples. Visitors can observe the process of cidre production through glass windows with a factory tour and purchase tasting cards to enjoy the fresh flavors.


Featured Facilities


1st Floor

In addition to the Cidre Factory and local products market, the first floor also includes restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, such as sweets, including tarts and gelato, hamburger steak using Aomori beef, and Japanese style rice bowls with fresh tuna.

2nd Floor

The second floor has an event space and a specialty shop that sells galette, a French-style crusty cake made with buckwheat. This cake pairs excellently with A-FACTORY’s cidre.

Address
青森市柳川1-4-2
Telephone Number
017-752-1890
Opening Times
Shopping: 9:00~20:00
1F Restaurants: 11:00~20:00
2F Restaurants: 11:00~21:00
Closures
Irregular
2min
5min
JR Aomori Sta.
20min

Aomori Museum of Art

A museum where you can experience first-rate contemporary art works

The Aomori Museum of Art exhibits works by Shiko Munakata, Yoshitomo Nara, Toru Narita, and other artists associated with Aomori Prefecture. The distinctive building of the museum was designed with inspiration from the adjacent World Heritage Site of Sannai-Maruyama, and the building itself is highly regarded as a work of art. In the "Aleko Hall", a huge space in the center of the museum, the background paintings of the ballet "Aleko" by Marc Chagall are exhibited in cooperation with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yoshitomo Nara's huge three-dimensional work, "Aomori Dog," is one of the museum's most famous pieces.

Address
青森市安田字近野185
Telephone Number
017-783-3000
Opening Times
09:30-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Closures
The second and fourth Monday of every month
Year-end and New Year holidays
10min

Sannai-Maruyama Historical Site

Sannai-Maruyama Historical Site is one of Japan’s largest historical sites consisting of remains of human settlement from approximately 5500 to 4000 years ago. The site features several pit-houses and stilt-houses unearthed since archeological excavation began in 1992. The excavation has also uncovered various earthenware and stoneware artifacts, as well as those composed of jade and skillfully created lacquer. These findings were of great significance as it provided us with a new image of the Jomon culture.
In 1994, Aomori Prefecture decided to preserve the site upon consideration of the site’s historical significance. In November 2000, Sannai-Maruyama Historical Site was designated as a National Special Historical Site of Japan. 


Nominating the Jomon Historical Sites for a World Heritage Site

In addition to Sannai-Maruyama Historical Site, there are many historic sites from the Jomon period demonstrating Jomon culture throughout Hokkaido and northern Tohoku area. Considering the historical and cultural significance of the sites that must be preserved for future generations, there is currently a plan to nominate the Jomon Historic Sites in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku for World Heritage Site.


Learning about the Jomon Culture

At the Sannai-Maruyama Historical Site, within the Jomon Jiyukan (Park Center), visitors can view artifacts from the excavation site on display. Additionally, visitors can try their hand at craftwork inspired by Jomon culture. English speaking volunteer guides attend to help upon reservation. 

Address
青森市三内丸山305
Telephone Number
017-781-6078
Opening Times
・Jomon Jiyukan (Park Center) 9:00~17:00 
*Open until 18:00 during Golden Week and the period of June 1st to September 20th
・Hokusaikan (Souvenir Shop) 9:00~17:00
・Restaurant 
(May-October) Food 11:00~15:00, Drinks 10:30~17:00
(November-April) Food 11:00~14:00, Drinks 10:30~16:30
*Opening hours may change due to special events.
Closures
・December 30th- January 1st
・Other designated days for site maintenance
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