The city of Hirakwa is known for its rice and apple production. The city is home to “Seibi-en”, the setting for the Ghibli movie “the Secret World of Arietty”.
In the summer, the Hirakawa Neputa Festival is held which features the largest fan shaped float in the world.
Hirakawa Neputa Festival
The largest fan-shaped Ogi Neputa (11 meters high) creates a magical sight in the darkness of the night.
|Address||27-2 Fujiyama kashiwagimachi Hirakawa City, Aomori 036-0242 (MAP)|
(Hirakawa Neputa Festival Executive Committee Office (within Hirakawa Society of Commerce and Industry))
|Nearby Stations||Get off at the “Hiraka” station. 5-minute walk to your destination.|
Nationally Designated Place of Scenic Beauty “Seibi-en”
One of the three famous Japanese gardens from the Meiji period, it was used as the setting for a Ghibli movie. It features a blending of Japanese and Western styles.
|Address||1 Ishibayashi Saruka Hirakawa City, Aomori 036-0242 (MAP)|
|Nearby Stations||Get off at the “Tsugaru Onoe” station on the Konan Railway. 10-minute walk to your destination.|
Access (by train)
JR Shin-Aomori StationBy Tsugaru(Limited Express) Appoximetly 26 minutesJR Hirosaki StationKonan Railway Appoximetly 13 minutes“Hiraka” StationAppoximetly 6 minutes“Tsugaru Onoe” Station
Inakadate Village has long been a major rice producer. In recent years, Tanbo Art (rice paddy art) is attracting many visitors from all over the world. The town hall of Inakadate village, which is also the observation platform for the Tanbo Art, is also a popular sight with its castle like architecture.
Tanbo Art (rice paddy art)
The “Tanbo Art” uses seven different colored rice plants as paint on a rice-field canvas. The art is delicate and also very detailed. Currently, this event is held at two separate locations. Free shuttle service between First and Second Venue is available during the period of this event.
|Address||123-1 Nakatsuji Inakadate Inakadate Village, Aomori 038-1113 (MAP)|
(Inakadate-mura Planning Tourism Division, Chamber of tourism section)
|Nearby Stations||First Venue
5-minute ride by car from Konan Railway “Inakadate” station (25 minutes on foot). Visitors can access the observatory in the premises of the Inakadate Town Hall.
Immediately off Konan Railway “Tanbo Art” station. Visitors can see the art from the Yayoi no Sato Observatory within the premises of the Michi no Eki Inakadate “Yayoi No Sato”.
Access (by train)
JR Shin-Aomori StationBy Tsugaru(Limited Express)Appoximetly 26 minutesJR Hirosaki StationKonan Railway Appoximetly 23 minutesTanbo Art Station (Non-operating December 1st-March 31st)Appoximetly 2 minutesInakadate” Station