Hirosaki, Aomori

Hirosaki (Japanese弘 前 市, -shi ) is a city in Aomori Prefecture in the north interior of Honshu, the main island of Japan.


Hirosaki is located in the Tsugaru - level about 30 km south- west of Aomori.


Hirosaki is an old castle town. In the Meiji period was on April 1, 1889, the appointment of the village to the city ( shi). She was thus the first in Aomori Prefecture, but had the seat of the prefectural government left to the more favorably located Aomori.


  • Street: Tōhoku Expressway
  • National Road 7: Aomori and Niigata
  • National roads 102
  • JR Ou Main Line


Economically, the production of paints and lacquer ware plays a role. The area around Hirosaki is also one of Japan's most important fruit-growing areas, especially for apples and cherries.


  • Hirosaki Castle (弘 前 城, Hirosaki - jo )
  • Iwakiyama Shrine (岩 木 山 神社, Iwakiyama -jinja )

The city image also includes some samurai houses and especially building from the beginning of the Meiji period in the western style.

In addition to the Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring and the nebuta hard is famous which takes place annually in the first week of August. Then lighted structures are driven in a fan shape on cars through the city.


In Hirosaki University Hirosaki is the state and the private universities Hirosaki Gakuin University and the woman Tohoku University. Further facilities in Hirosaki two short high schools, 10 upper, 17 middle, 37 elementary schools and one that is both central and primary school.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Ishizaka Yojiro (1900-1986), writer
  • Shuji Terayama ( born 1935, writer and film director )
  • Kiminobu Kimura ( * 1970, skier )
  • Wakanosato Shinobu (* 1976, sumo wrestlers )
  • Wakanohana kanji ( sumo wrestler )
  • Iwakiyama Ryuta (* 1976, sumo wrestlers )

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Ōdate
  • Tsugaru
  • Hirakawa