History of the Tsugaruhan Neputa Village
The Tsugaru-han Neputa Village is a museum-village in Hirosaki City which lets tourists discover the rich culture of Aomori Prefecture, particularly its festival called Neputa Festival. The museum-village is divided into different cultural attractions that highlight the traditions of the region.
Watch a Tsugaru-shamisen performance
Different musicians perform Tsugaru shamisen live in the village every day. Catch them play the Japanese stringed instrument called shamisen which produce rhythmic folk sounds.
Try kite-painting at the Tsugaru Craft Center
Learn the art culture of Aomori Prefecture as you try dako kite-painting at the museum’s craft center. In this art activity, you can try sketching and painting the face of a Japanese warrior on kites called Tsugaru kite. Other art activities are available in the craft center as well.
Shop for souvenirs
Tsugaru-han Neputa Village has its own shop where you can buy local products of Hirosaki.
Feed koi fishes at the garden
In the afternoon, admire the scenic Yokien Garden and have a leisurely stroll around. You may feed the koi fishes living in the pond.
■ Admission fees are as follows:
• Adults – 550 yen
• Junior/High School students – 350 yen
• Elementary students – 200 yen
• Children aged 3 and up – 100 yen
Some areas charge a separate admission fee. Craft Experience classes are conducted in Japanese.
The Tsugaruhan Neputa Village is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (April to August). Performances are until 4:00 p.m., and Viewing until 5:00 p.m. (November to March).
How to get there
From the JR Hirosaki Station, take the Konan Bus Dotemachi Loop and get off at Bunka Center Stop. It will take an 8-minute walk towards the Tsugaru-han Neputa Village.
61 Kamenoko-machi, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, Japan