Goshogawara is a city in Aomori prefecture in Japan.
Tsugaru Railway Company officially calls the station Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station (津軽五所川原駅 , Tsugaru-Goshogawara Eki). Tsugaru Railway Line originates from this station.
There are three platforms:
- Gonō Line For Ajigasawa and Fukaura
- Gonō Line For Hirosaki and Aomori
- Tsugaru Railway Line For Kanagi and Tsugaru-Nakasato
The Konan Bus service offers several routes.
- Tachineputa Hall, (Proceed away from Goshogawara Station on Route 101. The Tachineputa Hall is just before the 2nd light on the right hand side. Parking is available on the next street to the right.), ☎ +81 0173-38-32, . This museum is dedicated to Goshogawara City’s Tachineputa Festival. Although similar in origin to other area neputa/nebuta festivals, the 70 foot tall floats that dwarf most city buildings as they parade through the streets make this version quite unique. The Tachineputa Hall has several floats from previous years on display, as well as hands-on areas where visitors can make their own miniature floats, Tsugaru kites, or Japanese fans. Visitors who come during the months leading up to the festival are encouraged to assist the float builders as they affix paper to the wire frames of the floats. The lounge on the top floor is a great place to grab something to eat while enjoying a great view of the area. On a clear day, both Mt. Iwaki and the Hakkoda Mountains are visible, and visiting after dark provides a great view of the city lights. The small art gallery on the 2nd floor mainly features local artists. edit
- Tachineputa Festival, Goshogawara City, Downtown Area (Proceed away from Goshogawara Station on Route 101. The festival parade route starts at the second light from the station.), . One of the most spectacular summer festivals in the region, Goshogawara Tachineputa is famous for its gigantic floats. Measuring 70 feet tall and weighing more than seventeen tons, the floats dwarf most of the surrounding buildings as they parade through the city streets. In addition to revelers yelling "yatte-mare, yatte-mare!", the parade procession is made up of taiko drum performances on gigantic drums, traditional hand dances, and even the occasional Japanese jester. This amazing festival and its rich history dating back to the early 1900s were almost lost due to devastating fires that ravaged the city. The festival had all but disappeared when photographs and plans of the original floats were rediscovered in 1993. A small but dedicated group of citizens were determined to revive the festival to its original glory, and in 1998, after nearly 80 years of absence, Tachineputa floats once again paraded through the city streets. edit