Otemon Square and the Former City Library

The Otemon Square (追手門広場, Ōtemon Hiroba), named after and standing across from the main entrance gate of Hirosaki Castle, is designed as a stepping off point for visitors to Hirosaki. It has an extensive Sightseeing Information Center where travelers can get maps, pamphlets and advice about the city's sightseeing spots.

There is also a souvenir shop, a few restaurants and a small exhibition about local handicrafts and the Neputa Festival. Around Otemon Square stand a few of Hirosaki's early Western style buildings, including the Former City Library, which was constructed in 1907. The library is no longer in use, but is open to the public.

A Neputa Festival float on display in the Sightseeing Information Center


Otemon Square is located just south of Hirosaki Park next to the city hall, a 15 minute bus ride west of JR Hirosaki Station by the Dotemachi Loop Bus. Get off at Shiyakusho-mae bus stop.

How to get to and around Hirosaki

Hours and Fees

Sightseeing Information Center


9:00 to 18:00


December 29 to Januray 3

Former City Library


9:00 to 17:00


December 29 to January 3