A rural life experience at a town with the best quality of apple
Enjoy The Majestic Experience in Hirakawa
Hirakawa City is located in the central-south Tsugaru region of Aomori Prefecture.
Although the locals humbly say, "there's nothing to see out here,”
the city has been awarded the "Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award" at the Aomori Prefecture Apple Fair for many years.
There are "the best apples in Japan", beautiful gardens, a hot spring, and it is a treasure trove of talented people with rich characters in this unique town.
In fact, Hirakawa is full of charms that can only be found here.
Enjoy your “one and only” memorable rural experience in Hirakawa City.
Discover Traditional Rural Lifestyle in Hirakawa City
Spend a relaxing night at an authentic farmhouse in Tsugaru and learn the importance of “Agriculture”, “Food”, and “The richness” of local farmers’ live while you feel their hospitality and warmth in the magnificent nature. An extraordinary experience of countryside stay will make Tsugaru your second home.
Interactive stay at a farmhouse
Visit an apple orchard area where apples have been awarded the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award nearly every year at the annual fair in Aomori, the apple kingdom. After learning how the best apples in Japan are produced, enjoy harvesting and taste freshly-picked apples. A souvenir of the apples will be included.
Fresh apple picking at Japan's apple capital
In the Onoe area of Hiralkawa city, there are more than 300 Kura earthen storehouse, of which nearly 80 are located within the Kanaya district, and half of them are designated as national registered tangible cultural properties of Japan. Most of them are owned by farmers, and the scenery weaves together with various large and small gardens called "Tsubo" has been designated as one of the top 100 Rural Landscapes and the top 100 Kaori ( fragrance ) Landscapes. Our professional guide provides an exclusive opportunity to experience and explore the private farmhouse and gardens.
Tour of the farmer's pride,
"Kura" and "Farmhouse Gardens"
Walking around Onoe area of Hirakawa City, you can feel a sense of the freshness and warmth from the combination of lively green hedges and well-maintained trees. In our hands-on program, you will enjoy gardening with using special tools while learning from a professional gardener. The experience of trimming will engage you and give you a sense of accomplishment.
Professional Japanese Gardener Experience
Visit a national place of scenic beauty, Seito Shoin and Seibien. Seito Shoin Garden is considered to be the first garden in Oishi Bugaku style of gardening with a feature of karesansui, Japanese dry landscape, while Seibien the alongside villa is known as one of the best three Japanese gardens of Meiji period (1868 to 1912). Our tour guide provides an in-depth look at Oishi Bugaku-Ryu garden style uniquely developed in the Tsugaru region.
National Place of Scenic Beauty,
Seito Family Study Cottage Garden and Seibien Villa
A tour of "Crazy Cider Brewery" with a cider using Japan's best apples, produced by an apple firm that has won the Minister of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries Award for the three generations.
The cider produced at the brewery freshly won the Aomori Prefecture Governors Award in 2022. The brewery is attached to a day-trip hot spring facility where visitors can also enjoy a meal corner.
Visit "Crazy Cider Brewery" with
a cider using the best apples in Japan
ABOUT HIRAKAWA CITY
Hirakawa Authentic Countryside Stay
Hirakawa City was established on January 1, 2006 through the merger of the former Onoe Town, the former Hiraka Town,
and the former Ikarigaseki Village. The current population is approximately 30,000. Blessed with a favorable climate and rich nature,
the city produces high-quality agricultural products such as rice, apples, peaches, and highland vegetables.
In the livable city of Hirakawa, you can enjoy a peaceful time.
Hear The Voice of Hirakawa