Château Sharpe

Château Sharpe is a charming, comfortable B&B that offers travelers a private relaxing Japanese style room for a weekend getaway, family occasion, cultural events, local live music, and more, free of charge. Located in the beautiful City of Hirosaki, which is home to some of the best things Aomori-Ken has to offer. Château Sharpe has a central gathering room (AKA the living room) that allows travelers to socialize, watch movies, play Wii, or head outside to enjoy the city. With just under 2 terabytes of music and movies, it is impossible to become bored, even on a chilly winter day. Guests stay in a cozy room with a single bed and plenty of extra blankets, futons, towels, wifi access, and pillows for any or all of your travel companions. At times, there may also be guests allowed to sleep in the homey living room space, either on the couch or futon (The real Japanese experience) . Guests are also provided with a map of the city containing some of the Sharpes’ favorite spots.

Morning Birthday Omelet

A three cheese omelet and your choice of coffee or tea will be provided at breakfast for you. (We can’t promise you’ll get your name on it, this was especially made for Mrs. Sharpe by Michael Warren on her 30th Bday)

Take a ride to the beautiful Apple Park in Hirosaki. 30 min bike ride from the station.

Take a ride to the beautiful Apple Park in Hirosaki. 30 min bike ride from the station.     Pictured from Left to Right: Will, Dave, Leah, Theresa, Kyle, Kimberly, Michael.

Yama Rock was held on the beautiful side of Iwaki Mountain at the visitor center.

Yama Rock, and outdoor music festival, was held 5/18 on the beautiful side of Iwaki Mountain at the Iwaki Visitor Center. A clear view of Mt. Iwaki can be seen from where the crowd sits. Picture: Kyle and The College Try rocking out.

Château Sharpe is located just a 5 min walk from the Hirosaki Station and the the world famous Neputa summer festival, a 15 min walk to the well-known Hirosaki Castle Park, a 45 min drive to Ajigasawa Beach, a 45 min drive to UNESCO’s world heritage site Shirakami Sanchi, an hour drive to Shirakami Naqua Ski Resort (in winter), and many more hiking and onsen locations. Guests can hop on the train or rent a bike for 500 yen from the station’s visitor center.

The end of April and into May is one of the busiest times for Château Sharpe, with almost 40% of its guests showing up within a three week period. This year, as a part of the Couch Surfing Community  the Château hosted 3 from Indonesia (Titus, Latifa, and Mamma), 1 from Chicago (Lisa), 1 from Mustu, Aomori (Shawn), 2 from Sapporo (Amy and Laura), 3 from Niigata (Bryan and his two friends), 1 from Finland (Minna), and a couple other friends from around Aomori-ken. All of whom came to see the world famous Hirosaki Castle Park Cherry Blossom Festival. At the festival, visitors can enjoy Hanami, AKA cherry blossom viewing. Which, is basically just eating and drinking for hours on end while gazing upon the blossoms. During this time, shops of various kinds are open and serving all of the city’s visitors. Guests can experience local food, games, and entertainment. And if you’re feeling a need to work off those extra calories from the goodies, you can put your muscles to work and row a boat with your friends along the castle moat!

Row your friends in the castle moat.

Row your friends in the castle moat, either in the day or night.

IMG_8575

Blossoms and lanterns line the streets around the castle.

IMG_8658

Sakura Dango, or cherry blossom flavored mochi balls:)

IMG_8670

Prizes you can win from carnival games. Roller dogs come with attached leashes.

IMG_8758

Incredibooth photos in front of the castle are a must.

IMG_8652

Feel free to put your tarps and blankets down anywhere under the beautiful cherry blossom trees in Hirosaki Park.

Lean on a crazy friend when you're tired.

Lean on a crazy friend when you’re tired.

IMG_8587

Be kind, recycle.

This year, Mrs. Sharpe was lucky enough to help plan and host an AJET Hanami party with teachers from all over the prefecture.

JET ALT Hanami Party

JET ALT Hanami Party

One of the best kept secrets of Hirosaki is a local bar named, “Robbin’s Nest.” Here, you can enjoy live music, foreign and local brew, multi-lingual togetherness, private parties, and just an easy going time. Located 3 min from the front of Hirosaki Station, there is no wonder visitors frequent this bar when staying at Château Sharpe. Robbin’s Nest’s goal is to provide a comfortable atmosphere for both Japanese and Foreign People to enjoy speaking together in both English and Japanese.

Tori's open mic birthday party. This is a group from Gonohe (Dave, Mina, Michael)

Tori’s open mic birthday party. This is a group from Gonohe (Dave, Mina, Michael)

At Robbin's Nest, you can even enjoy a tickle session if you're lucky. (Evan Clark is shown here enjoying such a sesh during Tori's Dirty Thirty)

At Robbin’s Nest, you can even enjoy a tickle session if you’re lucky. (Evan Clark is shown here enjoying such a sesh during Tori’s Dirty Thirty)

Relax at Robbin's in your favorite onsie. (Pictured here is Mrs. Sharpe during her birthday)

Relax at Robbin’s in your favorite onsie.                                                    Pictured: Mrs. Sharpe during her birthday

If you are lucky enough, you might see Kyle gracing the stage with his many improptu performances. Here, he is pictured singing for his wife on her birthday.

If you are lucky enough, you might see Kyle gracing the stage with his many improptu performances. Here, he is pictured singing for his wife on her birthday.

We are looking forward to entertaining you during your future stay at Château Sharpe! Remember, take it easy and have fun!

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Château Sharpe

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s