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Tohoku castles and samurai culture experience

Special Deals

Location one: This program has been canceled.April 21-May 1, 2020
Location two: Dates other than August 12-16, December 28-January 5 are acceptable. Please submit your application at least 7 days before the effective date. (Apply via homepage)
Location three: This program has been canceled.April 1-May 6, 2020
Location four: This program is currently being postponed.All year round


Japan's northern Tohoku region is replete with castles. Visitors in 2020 are able to have a one-of-a-kind experience at the castle sites as a variety of programs are be offered. Some of these include savoring food and sake unique to Tohoku under the full cherry blossoms and a Bushido experience that will make you feel like a genuine samurai. Come feel authentic Japanese tradition and culture with a Tohoku castle as your stage.

Location one: Tebura de Kanokai – Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnic without Hassle.
Location two: Experience the real Iaido.
Location three: “Shiroishi Castle Climbing Certificate Present Campaign” and “Shiroishi Castle Spring Party” in Spring 2020.
Location four: Japanese Feudal Lord/Princess Dress-up Experience. Please inquire with the individual contact link for details.


Location one:
You can enjoy cherry-blossom viewing with local residents without having to find a space to sit or clean up after. While viewing the cherry blossoms, you can enjoy live performances of festival music by local performers, playing flute, drums and other instruments.

Location two:
You can receive guidance from a bonafide “samurai” at the Hayashizaki Iai Shrine, which is the only place in Japan that enshrines Hayashizaki Jinsuke, the founder of the martial art of Iaido. Also known as Battojutsu, Iaido is the art of drawing a katana (Japanese sword) and delivering a decisive strike.

Location three:
Visitors who enter Shiroishi Castle during the campaign period and present their passport will receive a “Shiroishi Castle Climbing Certificate”. Limited to 2000 people.

Location four:
Wearing the costumes is quick and easy, and you can get a real "feel" for Japanese culture by donning a real kimono at a reasonable price.

How to get involved

Location three: Those who enter Shiroishi Castle during the period and present their passport will receive a “Shiroishi Castle Climbing Certificate”. Limited to 2000 people.


Location one: Normal course (around 25 participants per day), Extreme course (around 10 participants per day).
Location two: 1-16 people.
Location three: 2000 participants.
Location four: No limit.


Location one:
The ultimate course is limited to 20 pairs per day.
Reservations required; payment in advance.
Automatic cancellation if payment not received by due date.

Location three:
"Shiroishi Castle Climbing Certificate" single-customer gift is valid for one time during the campaign period.
Holders of a Japanese visa or ID that matches the respective passport photo page.
Japanese nationals cannot participate in this campaign.
You can only receive the “Shiroishi Castle Climbing Certificate” at Shiroishi Castle. We cannot mail it overseas.

Location four:
Hirosaki Park Butokuden Rest Area (Kita-no-kuruwa).
No prior application required.


Location two:
Please follow local staff instructions for safety.

Location three:
We are not liable for any claims, such as any loss, debt, damage, expense, disputes between applicants, or between an applicant and a third party, resulting from this campaign. All or part of this campaign may be changed or canceled without prior notice.


Venue Name and info

Location one: Hirosaki Park
Location two: Nihon-Issha-Hayashizaki-Iai-Jinja Shrine
Location three: Shiroishi Castle
Location four: Hirosaki Castle

Venue Address

Location one: Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
Location two: Murayama City, Yamagata Prefecture
Location three: Shiroishi City, Miyagi Prefecture
Location four: Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture


Location one
Japanese: https://sakura.hirosakipark.jp/contact
English: https://sakura.hirosakipark.jp/contact-us

Location two
Homepage (for application) :https://www.iaidoexperience-en.com/
For reservation: iaidoexperience@gmai.com

Location three
Shiroishi Castle Management Office (Shiroishi-jo Kanri Jimusho) Please use the inquiry form on the website.
English: https://shiroishi-navi.jp/en/contact_en/
Chinese (simplified): https://shiroishi-navi.jp/cn/contact_cn/
Chinese (traditional): https://shiroishi-navi.jp/tw/contact_tw/
Korean: https://shiroishi-navi.jp/kr/contact_kr/

Location four
Hirosaki City Greenery Foundation (Hirosaki-shi Midori no Kyokai)
Phone: 0172-33-8733
E-mail: official@hirosakipark.or.jp
Languages supported: (Telephone) Japanese, (Email) Japanese, English

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Credit: Shiroishi Castle

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