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.
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!
This year, Mrs. Sharpe was lucky enough to help plan and host an AJET Hanami party with teachers from all over the prefecture.
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.
We are looking forward to entertaining you during your future stay at Château Sharpe! Remember, take it easy and have fun!