Tsugaru shamisen has a distinct sound that is created when the strings are struck with a trapezoidal plectrum called bachi. Originated from the Tsugaru region in Aomori, it is gaining popularity among the Japanese and international fans!
The best way to experience a live performance of this traditional instrument is at local Japanese restaurant or bar (Izakaya).
Best time to visit: All seasons
Tsugaru Joppari Isariya Sakaba
Address: Japan, 〒030-0802, 2-5-14 Honcho, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
Operating Hours: 5pm to 12am
How to get there: From Tokyo, take the Tohoku Shinkansen to JR Shin-Aomori Station then transfer to the JR Ou Line for JR Aomori Station. It is about 15 minutes’ walk from the station. It is at the intersection where Shinmachi-dori and Yanagimachi-dori merge and Aomori Honcho Green Hotel is on the side.
Address: 2-5-14 Honcho, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
Phone: not available