Tohoku Hirosaki Catholic Church Japanese Name: カトリック弘前教会
The Hirosaki Catholic Church is a wooden Romanesque structure built by Yokoyama Tsunekichi, the brother of Horie Sakichi. The Gothic altar, made in 1866, was donated by the St. Thomas Church of Amsterdam. The beautiful stained glass windows, donated by Father Carron from Canada, depict Hirosaki scenes like Mt. Iwaki, Tsugaru-shamisen (a Japanese lute), and apples.
Summer months: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Winter: 7:00 a.m. to Sunset (Likely to see the stained glass)
The church is closed during ceremonial occasions.
A guide is available in Japanese only and lasts for about 10 minutes. Reservation of the guide is required.
Schedule of Mass
Masses are every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Reservations are not necessary, but English guides are not available.
Take the 100-yen Loop Bus from JR Hirosaki Station and get off at the Hirosaki Bunka (Culture) Center. The bus ride will
take around 20 minutes. The church is a five-minute walk from the bus stop.
Address: 20 Hyakkoku-machi Koji, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
English brochure is available.