Hirosaki Neputa and the City tour
Aomori is famous for Neputa (float) Summer Festival and apples. The festival is from August 1 to 7. This tour is to see the festival in the evening and during day time you will see this old city built some 400 years ago by our feudal Samurai lord. It's a 12-hour tour starting at Hirosaki Railway Station or anywhere you are. We walk, use public transportation and taxis. The maximum number of people is 8 and the cost is made according to this number. August is hot here and some of our people live the whole year for this festival. Please come and enjoy with us. During day time we visit Hirosaki Castle Park (made some 400 years ago and one of the 12 castles in Japan built during Edo Period), Neputa House (you will see actual Neputa floats and listen to Tsugaru Shamisen music), Saishouin Five-Story Pagoda, Zenringai (Zen Temple Street with 33 Zen temples) and Apple Park (with 1, 500 apple trees and you will taste some apples. Aomori is the biggest producer of apples in Japan).
I can accommodate groups up to 8.
9:00 am start at Hirosaki Railway Station or your hotel ---- walk ---- 9:30 Hirosaki Castle Park 11:30 ----walk ---- 11:45 visit Samurai houses 12:30 ----walk---- 12:45 visit Tsugaru-han Neputa Village 14:00 ---- taxi ---- 14:15 Apple Park (lunch and picking apples, Aomori is # 1 in Japan for apple production) 16:00 ----taxi ----16:15 Zenringai (Zen Temple Street with 33 Zen temples) 17:15 ----taxi----17:30 Saishouin Temple (with five-story Pagoda) 18:00 ----walk---- 18:15 coffee time 18:45 ----walk----19:15 Neputa Parade 20:40 ----walk---21:00 pm Hirosaki Railway Station or your hotel.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station (Hirosaki City hotels), Cruise Ship Port (Aomori Port. In case you come to Aomori Port, please let me know so that I I can give you new cost and itinerary.), Airport (Aomori Airport. In case you come to Aomori Airport, please let me know so that I can give you new cost and itineray.), Hotel
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station (Hurosaki City hotels), Cruise Ship Port (Same place as the start point), Airport (Same place as the start point), Hotel
Duration: 12 hours
It can be 8 hours from 9 am to 5 pm. In this case there won't be any Neputa viewing. The tour will be only City tour.
Comfortable mini van with a/c can be organized upon a request.
- Guiding Services
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2500 yen - This is for lunch and coffee as they don't accept US$ or credit cards, you need some cash in Japanese yen.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
Since I am not a driver for a commercial vehicle, I cannot drive you in my car. But I can arrange for a car and driver.