Opposite to the main entrance to the Hirosaki Castle there’s a wide, modern square that borrowed its name from the castle’s gate, Otemon Square.
Built in 1990 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hirosaki city, the complex features an architecture inspired by a traditional gate. Inside, you will find a very useful Hirosaki Tourist Information Center, a souvenir shop, and a nice exhibition about local handicrafts and the Neputa Festival.
The western style building visible in the background is the Former City Library, built in 1907…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: