[:en]The video features a man who visits Hiranai Town, and is told the good sides of the town, making him gradually love the town. The video focuses on the fact that the town has a good environment for raising children, but the sequel video introduces the appearance of the town.

 

 

Located almost in the center of Aomori Prefecture, Hiranai Town, on a slightly protruding piece of land south of Mutsu Bay, which is a bay formed by two peninsulas. The town can be accessed easily, since it’s located next to Aomori City, which has the closest Shinkansen train station, as well as an airport. Hiranai Town is known as the place where scallop aquaculture started, and even today the scallop industry supports the town. The charm of Hiranai Town are its many tourist spots where you can experience nature, such as the beautiful coast, the ski resort and parks. It is said that the city name comes from the Ainu language word “piranai”, which means “the land of rivers that run between two mountains”.

Access to Hiranai Town

Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour 15 min. from Haneda Airport to Aomori Airport, then approx. 35 min. from Aomori Airport to the front of Aomori Station by an airport shuttle bus, and finally approx. 30 min. from Aomori Station to Kominato Station (the town center) by a local train via the Aoimori Railway Line.

Arriving by train:
Approx. 3 hours from Tōkyō Station to Hachinohe Station by a Shinkansen train, and then approx. 1 hour from Hachinohe Station to Kominato Station by a local train via the Aoimori Railway Line.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Hiranai Town

Asadokoro Beach
From the end of autumn until spring, around 800 swans nest on this beach. It is the only place in Japan that has been designated a natural moment for the observation of swans. Many photographers are mesmerized by the swans, who have come all the way from Siberia, to nest on this beautiful beach.

Tsubakiyama・Tsubakiyama Beach
The mountains get covered by bright red common camellias from the end of May until June. The place has been designated as a natural moment in Japan for being the northernmost area where common camellias grow wild. Right next to Tsubakiyama is Tsubakiyama Beach. In summer you can swim on this beautiful beach that was selected as one of “Japan’s 100 Great Beaches”.

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Hiranai Town

Scallops
You can’t come to Hiranai Town, and not eat scallops. At “Scallop Square” (jap. Hotate Hiroba), besides scallops, you can enjoy fresh seafood, in the form of unique creative cuisines like curry, rāmen, and sushi. There are also snacks that have scallops kneaded into them, making for a great souvenir.

The Dialect of Hiranai Town

The Tsugaru dialect, used in Hiranai Town, has such unique language culture that it sounds like a foreign language even to Japanese people.

“Wa”…I, me
“Maine”…No good, not allowed.

Hiranai Town, with its beautiful scenery and delicious scallops, is a town that will satisfy both your mind and stomach.

 [:ja]平内町を訪れた男性が、地元の人に町のよさをアピールされ、町に惹かれていきます。この動画では子育て環境の良さが中心ですが、続編は町の様子を紹介するものとなっています。

 

 

青森県のほぼ中央にある平内町は、2つに大きく飛び出た半島がつくる陸奥湾の南側の、少し突き出たところにあります。新幹線の最寄り駅や空港がある青森市に隣接しているため、交通の便は悪くありません。ホタテ養殖発祥の地として知られ、今でも町の産業を支えています。美しい海岸やスキー場、公園など、自然を感じられる観光スポットが多いのは平内町の魅力です。町の名前はアイヌ語の「ピラナイ」からきていると言われ、「山と山の間の川が流れる土地」という意味です。

平内町へのアクセス

飛行機の場合:
羽田空港から青森空港まで約1時間15分。リムジンバスで青森空港から青森駅前まで約35分。青い森鉄道の各駅停車で青森駅から小湊駅(町の中心部)まで約30分。

電車の場合:
新幹線で東京駅から八戸駅まで約3時間。青い森鉄道の各駅停車で八戸駅から小湊駅まで約1時間。

平内町に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

浅所(あさどころ)海岸
秋の終わりから春にかけて、およそ800匹ものハクチョウが飛来します。ハクチョウの飛来地としては全国で唯一、国の天然記念物に指定されています。遠くシベリアからやってくるハクチョウはこの町の一員で、美しい海岸の風景に降り立つハクチョウの姿は、多くの写真家を魅了しています。

椿山・椿山海岸
山中がツバキの花で覆われていて、5月下旬から6月にかけては真っ赤に染まります。日本におけるツバキが自生する北限地帯として、国の天然記念物に指定されています。椿山のすぐ近くには、椿山海岸が広がります。「日本の渚100選」にも選ばれた美しい海岸で、夏には海水浴を楽しむことができます。

平内町に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

ホタテ
平内町に来たらホタテを味わわないわけにはいきません。平内町で取れたホタテはもちろん新鮮な魚介類を味わえる「ほたて広場」では、カレーにラーメン、寿司など、ホタテの町ならではの創作料理で楽しませてくれます。ホタテを練り込んだお菓子もありますので、おみやげにいかがでしょうか。

平内町の方言

平内町で使われる津軽弁は、日本人が聞いても外国語のように聞こえるほど、独特の言語文化が形成されています。

私 ・・・ わ
だめ ・・・ まいね

美しい風景とホタテが自慢の平内町は、心もお腹も満たされる町です。

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