No experience on the Aomori to Hirosaki rail journey as we drove to Hirosaki Castle. The direct train ride is about 30 to 45 min. Below is the present train schedule which may be slightly different after March/April.
Upon arriving in Hirosaki, to save the long walk to the castle there is a loop bus (100 yen/ride) going there in about 10-15 min.
I found it very easy to get a taxi in Aomori, and that would get you to the train station quickly.
The ride into Hirosaki is very comfortable, not crowded at all, and the scenery is beautiful. Be sure to look off in the distance to see the mountains, especially Mt. Iwaki. Lots of legends about that mountain!
This page is good info for local sites: http://en.hkg.jp/list.html?category=7
On the right side of the page is a link to a good map, but you can also pick one up in the Hirosaki train station.
If you have time, you might stop in the Tsugaru Neputa Village just next to the castle grounds, to learn about the Neputa Festival, Tusgaru Shamisen (and watch a short live performance!), and other local crafts.
Otemon Square is another great place to visit, and still close to the castle. Full size floats from Neputa festival, local goods for sale, and a beautiful display showing the 40 steps to creating Tsugaru lacquer ware.
Kawasaki Dye Works is also just next to the castle grounds. It is in a Tokugawa Era building, has been in the same family forever, they use the same old dye vats. Really nice people there, lots of beautiful items for sale.
I really enjoyed my visits to Hirosaki! Hope you have a grand time there!
Hallo, where do I wait for the train to arrive in the morning after watching the festival nebuta? . The hotel is already booked.
Hope you can help me
thank youEdited: 04 June 2017, 17:56