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Kuroishi - The Black and White Stoned City

Art, Culture, & Historical
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Kuroishi is surrounded by rich nature. As you walk around the city, you can experience the Edo Samurai era and feel like you have traveled 400 years in the past. Much of the architecture has remained the same since decades ago. The city offers some of the best sake in all of Japan.

Let’s enjoy exploring, eating around, tasting sake and everything that Kuroishi has to offer!

Aomori Tour Guide - Tomohiko K.
Tomohiko K.
5.00 / 5
(6 reviews)
09:00 AM

Meeting Point

Aomori Station or Your Hotel Lobby

09:00 AM

Aomori Station or Your hotel lobby

We will initially meet at 9AM at either Aomori Station or Your Hotel Lobby then we will take the taxi (or other agreed upon method of transportation) to Kuroishi City

10:00 AM

Kokeshi-Doll Museum OR Hot Springs

You can choose between EITHER: Kokeshi Doll Museum OR Hot Springs

1. Kokeshi Doll Museum

This museum collects and displays a variety of kokeshi styles, from all over Japan. One of the kokeshi's displayed is the biggest and tallest in nation! Its head alone is over 4 meters. There are over 4000 dolls on display. We can watch how the kokeshi dolls are made and learn about the creation process.

*The first floor of the museum is free however, the second floor (where you can view the 4000+ dolls) requires a fee of 320yen.

OR

2. Kuroishi City Hot Springs

There are 3 major hot spring resorts and ryokans within Kuroishi city. Some of the hot springs have been in existence for over 400 years containing beneficial minerals such as alkaline and NCO. One of the hot springs is famous of women's beauty enhancing properties and promotion of skin health. While another boasts benefits for rheumatism, relief from neurological pain and muscle soreness. There is also another hot spring that helps specifically women in their later stages of life.

*All hot springs require a fee of 500-1000yen; extra amenities such as a rental towel, shampoo, etc. will cost extra and vary per hot spring

**Smaller tattoos can enter the hot springs, however large full back or fully covered arms or legs are NOT acceptable

11:00 AM

Tsugaru Densho Kogei-Kan Hall

The Tsugaru Densho Kogei-Kan is a cultural art museum dedicated to crafts that come directly from Aomori Prefecture. You can view floats from the Aomori Nebuta festival along with drawings that specialize in that style. The art features classic Japanese elements such as the samurai, ninja, gods and goddess, folklore and so on. In addition, there are many gigantic kokeshi dolls on display around and inside the Hall itself. Entrance to the Hall is free.

Within the hall, there are many varieties of restaurants and eateries that feature foods from only the Aomori Prefecture. Please feel free to try a bit of food from every location!

*All restaurants and eateries require a separate fee and must be paid on your own.

12:00 PM

Lunch

Will be in the "Traditional Crafts Hall“ Tsugaru Densho Kogei-Kan.

Please pay for your own meal and feel free to choose whatever you would like! I am more than happy to answer and ask any questions in regards to dietary restrictions or limitations to the restaurants as needed.

01:10 PM

Nakano Mountain OR Seasonal Activity

You can choose between EITHER: Nakano Mountain OR Seasonal Activity

1. Nakano Mountain

This area is famous for its maple trees with over 400 years of history. Due to it's stunning beauty, it is nicknamed the Kyoto of Northern Tohoku Japan. Within the area, there is the Nakano Shrine, large waterfall and connecting river, and short hiking trail that climbs up the mountain. Come here to feel the revitalizing energy from nature! If timed appropriately, you can see the nighttime illumination if you visit from October 20th - November 5th.

OR DEPENDING ON THE SEASON

A. Cherry Blossom Viewing - (Available April - May) / Japanese Gardens (All year)

Kuroishi city has many parks that feature cherry blossoms! There are a few hundred types of cherry blossoms and here you can see the famous Someiyoshino cherry tree. In addition, there are Japanese gardens that are famous within Aomori. The gardens are available to the public throughout the year!

You will surely feel refreshed after enjoying the spring breeze amongst the pink blossoms!

*There are no additional fees

B. Apple Picking - (Apple picking will be available from August to November!)

Did you know that the Fuji apple actually originates from this area? You can now experience apple picking and eating the freshest apples from the largest apple producing prefecture in the Japan and some areas of the world! Feel free to pick to your hearts content and carry it with you as a snack for the remainder of your trip.

*Fee will vary depending on how much is picked (by weight) and the orchard that is available per season and time. Generally, fees can range from 550yen to 2000yen. The admission fee will sometimes include a few apples for you to take. If you want more apples, there is an extra fee as well.

C. Summer Neputa and Yosare Festival - (Available August)

On the main street of city, many floats will be carried by locals who handmade their own paper designs. Enjoy the Japanese summer festivals and marvel at the intricately made designs while experiencing the Japanese 'matsuri' atmosphere!

Later in the month - depending on the your visiting timeframe, you can watch the Yosare dance festival where the dancers wear traditional outfits and dance in synchronized motion!

02:10 PM

Kuroishi City - Famous for Old Samurai Era Buildings and Merchant Street

*Temples and Shrine

*Japanese Sake Breweries

*Miso and Soy Sauce Shop

*Rice Cake Shop

*Soba Noodle ( Buck wheat noodle) Restaurant “ Kin-no-Icho ( Golden Ginko)”

04:00 PM

Return back Aomori Station or Your Hotel Lobby

We will take the taxi (or agreed upon method of transportation) back to either your hotel lobby or Aomori Station

Ending Point

Aomori Station or Your Hotel Lobby

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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Tour Guiding Fee

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What‘s not included

All events mentioned in the itinerary (museum fee, apple picking fee, restaurants, hot springs, etc.)

Food costs

Taxi/Transportation fee

Tour Important Information

I recommend wearing seasonally appropriate clothes and comfortable walking shoes as we will be walking a lot.

Additionally, many store and restaurants only accept cash (Japanese yen) so please prepare enough in advance.

Extra fees for places that we visit are noted in the itinerary above - please feel free to ask questions as needed.

The total fee does not include taxi/transportation, and other outside expenses as mentioned above or during the trip. The fee is ONLY the tour guiding fee.

Experience the stoned city while eating foods that are only available here!

Learn and feel the culture together as we visit the city to nature in Nakano Mountain.

In Kuroishi city, you can drink pure spring water from the natural geysers and taste the freshest sake. The city has areas where you can drink from the well as the water is so pure and clean! The rice in the area is some of the tastiest in the nation due to its fresh spring water.

Let's go on an adventure together and learn about what Kuroishi City has to offer!

If you give at least a 3 weeks - 1 month in advance notice - other days will be available, to the best of my ability

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Travis V.

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Our second trip

We were lucky to book a second trip with Tomo before arriving in Japan, and similar to our last adventure - it was a treat to travel with him. In addition to catching a one-in-a-year parade and meeting the mayor of Hirosaki, we got to experience the castle during the cherry blossom season, and see the amazing floats they use in the festival every year. Tomo found an amazing (and uniquely local) restaurant for lunch that could fit our dietary restriction, and he introduced us to many locals who helped bring every step of our adventure to life. He also speaks great English and knows where the best sake is found :)

Travis V.

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