December 28, 2018

JAPAN TRAVEL: Hirosaki Catholic Church in Aomori Prefecture

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  • One of the important religious sites to see in Hirosaki is the Hirosaki Catholic Church.

    The Hirosaki Catholic Church in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, Japan 

    The Hirosaki Catholic Church is a Roman-style building built by Yokoyama Tsuneki, the brother of Horie Sakichi, a well-known builder who designed most of the Western-style buildings in Hirosaki. The Romanesque church is characterized by its Gothic altar and stained glass windows that make the humble house of worship more resplendent. The altar, made in 1866 using Narra wood, was donated by St. Thomas Church of Amsterdam. On the other hand, the stained glass art features things that Hirosaki is known for such as apples and the Tsugaru-shamisen musical instrument making it greatly significant for the city.

    Tourists come and pause for a moment inside the Catholic church

     If you’re looking to do a faith-based travel, or would just like to drop by a church to pray and reflect for a moment, the Hirosaki Catholic Church welcomes everyone wishing to visit.

    Also read: JAPAN TRAVEL: Hirosaki Castle and Park in Aomori: Springtime’s Most Beautiful Cherry Blossom Destination

    The altar made from Narra wood

    How to go to Hirosaki Catholic Church

    Take the 100-yen loop bus from the JR Hirosaki Station, get off at Hirosaki Cultural Center. It takes about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.


    Address: 20 Hyakkoku-machi Koji, Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
    Admission fee: Free of charge

    This first appeared on Philippine Primer magazine’s December 2018 issue.
    Written by Jastine Valeriano

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