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Do you like apples? Do you like sweets or alcohol? Do you like nature? If you answer yes at least on one of these questions, you should check the Hirosaki Apple Flower Festival. Right after the cherry blossoms season, apples in the north of Japan start blossoming as well. This festival is a big apple flower viewing party in Hirosaki city, Aomori prefecture. The event takes place during the season when the apple flowers reach full bloom. So, it is almost a popular flower viewing the party as cherry blossoms viewing one.
First of all, Hirosaki city has the largest production volume of apples in Japan. There are so many apple farms in the neighborhood. Even though the fruits are mostly red, the flowers are white, pink, and so cute! So, if you like flowers, you will definitely enjoy this festival.
In addition to the cute flowers, there will be so many kinds of events at this festival. I would like to introduce some of them in this article. I hope you can find the events that will attract you.
The main event of this festival is a demonstration of making a large apple pie. The diameter of this pie is over two meters. It requires four hundred apples, eighty eggs, two kilograms of butter to be complete. All visitors can see how locals make this pie. Thus, you can watch it closely and buy a piece of it.
The people who make the apple pie are trying to put their names in the Guinness Book of World Records. At the beginning of this festival, the diameter of the pie was about one meter. However, in 2015, they have made a large apple pie of more than three meters in diameter. I promise you will enjoy this outstanding action.
Tsugaru Shamisen is the Japanese genre of shamisen music that comes from Tsugaru Peninsula (currently in Aomori prefecture) and the instrument itself. It is one of the most popular styles of shamisen in Japan. At Hirosaki Apple Flower Festival will have an excellent opportunity to listen to the vibes of traditional Japanese instrument while enjoying the surroundings of mesmerizing orchard in spring.
There are a lot of events that are related to apples. For example, a woodwork workshop where you will use apple tree branches, an agricultural workshop for the apple flowers, and a tea ceremony with viewing apple blossoms. In addition, there will be a lot of food and alcohol made from apples. I am sure, you will find something that suits your interests.
You will see various kinds of music shows and mascot events that not only adults will enjoy, but children as well. Please check the schedule of these events on the official website.
Dates: In the beginning of May annually for one week. May 6th – 12th, 2019. 11th and 12th are the main days of the festival.
Place: Hirosaki Apple Park
Address: Terasawa-125 Shimizutomita, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture
Official website (Japanese only): https://www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp/web/edit.html?id=cat02_spring_ringohana
Access: From JR Hirosaki station to the Apple Park please use “Tamenobu” bus
That will take you there in about 30 minutes.
At Hirosaki Apple Flower Festival, not only you can enjoy various events and performances, but also a breathtaking view. Mt. Iwaki that has snow on the top is near the event stage. So, you will see cute white and pink apple flowers with beautiful snow-packed mountain view. This festival is very rare and you can feel the local atmosphere of Hirosaki there. I hope you can enjoy Hirosaki Apple Flower Festival and Japanese delicious apples!
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