[:en]The video tells the story of a young man really loves horses, and arrives at Shichinohe Town, a place that breeds horses. Through experiencing the kindness of the townspeople, he becomes familiar with the town. All the scenery that casually appears in the background is beautiful, allowing one to experience something that cannot be found in big cities.

 

Shichinohe Town is located in the southern part of Aomori Prefecture. The western part of the town has the over 1000-meter-tall Hakkōda Mountains. The hilly area that stretches out from the base of the mountain have rice paddies. The town is a good location, having great access to various places within the prefecture, including Aomori City. The area is known as a place that breeds horses, and the name Shichinohe is said to mean “the seventh horse farm”.

Access to Shichinohe Town

Arriving by airplane:
Approx. 1 hour 15 min. from Haneda Airport to Aomori Airport, and then approx. 1 hour from Aomori Airport to Shichinohe Town by car via Michinoku Toll Road.

Arriving by train:
Approx. 3 hours from Tōkyō Station to Shichinohe-Towada Station by a Shinkansen train.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Shichinohe Town

Road Station Shichinohe
A convenient place where you can buy various special products of Shichinohe Town in one place. These include fresh vegetables like garlic and nagaimo (a type of yam), koma manjū, and local sake. There’s also restaurant space, where you can enjoy various unique dishes like “horsemeat rāmen” and “keiran”, which is a local dish with mochi dumplings filled with bean paste served in a soup. After you are done with your meal, how about eating Shichinohe’s special black currant soft serve ice cream. The place is also in a good place, being close to Shichinohe-Towada Station, where Shinkansen trains stop.

Eastern Hakkōda Rose Country
A rose garden that cultivates and sells roses. We recommend the rose picking experience. You can pick your favorite rose from the greenhouse and purchase it. People who love flowers are guaranteed to have a great time. The flower-picking experience requires a reservation at least two days in advance.

 

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Shichinohe Town

Koma manjū
This Japanese confectionary, that is the pride of Shichinohe Town, has been offered to their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress, as well. The “koma” in the name comes from the Japanese word for horse, “uma”. Koma manjū is a bite-sized manjū (a steamed bun with sweet filling), which goes very well with Japanese tea. There are two shops that make koma manjū, each with their own recipe. Why not try see how they compare?

 

Garlic
Garlic is a local specialty in Shichinohe Town. What makes this garlic special is that it has a mild taste, and that the smell of your breath after you eat it will not bother you. The garlic in itself has high nutritional value, and there is also a variant called “black garlic”, which is fermented and aged. Black garlic is known for its good health effects, which are due its strong antioxidative properties.

Shichinohe Town is a place where you can enjoy gourmet brought up in the beautiful nature. We recommend visiting the town during the cool summer.

 [:ja]馬好きが高じて、馬の産地である七戸町にやってきた青年の物語です。町の人の温かさに触れながら、七戸町になじんでいく姿が描かれます。さり気なく出てくる風景はどこも美しく、都会では味わえない体験ができそうです。

 

 

青森県の東部にある七戸町。市の西部には標高1,000mを超える八甲田山の山々が連なり、山麓から広がる丘陵地には、水田地帯が形成されています。夏でも気温の低い日が多く、冬には2mを超える積雪量になるところもある豪雪地帯となっています。交通網は充実しており、青森市を始め県内各地へのアクセスは良好です。この地域は馬の産地として知られ、七戸の名前は「7つ目の馬の牧場」を表していると言われます。

七戸町へのアクセス

飛行機の場合:

羽田空港から青森空港まで約1時間15分。車で青森空港からみちのく有料道路経由で七戸町まで約1時間。

電車の場合:

新幹線で東京駅から七戸十和田駅まで約3時間。

七戸町に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

道の駅しちのへ

特産となっているにんにくや長いもなど新鮮な野菜や、駒饅頭(こままんじゅう)や地酒など、七戸町の自慢が一同に集まるので買い物に便利です。食事コーナーもあり、「馬肉ラーメン」「けいらん」など個性的なメニューが揃っています。食後にはこちらも七戸町特産のカシスを使ったソフトクリームはいかがでしょうか。新幹線の七戸十和田駅から近いのもうれしいスポットです。

東八甲田ローズカントリー

バラの栽培や販売を行っているバラ園です。ここでおすすめしたいのが、バラの摘み取り体験です。ハウスで栽培されているバラの中から好きなものを選び、摘み取って購入することができます。お花が好きなら素敵なひとときを過ごせそうです。2日前までに電話予約が必要です。

七戸町に来たら!絶対買うべきおみやげ

駒饅頭(こままんじゅう)

天皇皇后両陛下にも献上されたことがある、七戸町自慢の和菓子です。「駒」の名前は馬に由来しています。一口サイズの饅頭で、日本茶によく合います。製造しているお店は2つあり、それぞれに製法が異なります。食べ比べるのも面白いでしょう。

にんにく

七戸町特産のにんにくは、マイルドな味わいで食後のにおいが気にならないのが特徴です。もともと栄養価の高いにんにくですが、それを発酵熟成させた「黒にんにく」もあります。黒にんにくは抗酸化力が高く、その健康パワーが注目されている食材です。

 

美しい自然に育まれた美味しいグルメが楽しめる町です。観光を楽しむなら涼しい夏がおすすめです。[:]