JALTCALL2020 is a family-friendly event, and we offer a number of options for presenters whereby spouses, partners, or guardians may attend for free.

  • Your children may attend with a spouse/partner/guardian to accompany them without charge.
  • We also welcome spouses and partners who are not educators but would like to attend as supporters.

If you would like to utilize one of these options, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Your spouse/partner/guardian will need to join the member site just as you did.
  2. They then need to register for the conference using their name.
  3. The registration form will explain the information they need to enter.
  4. The registration form has an option to attend the reception.

The whole process will only take 2 or 3 minutes, but because registration closes on Thursday, May 7th, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Details regarding attending the reception are shown on the registration form.

Any presenter will have gone through this process themselves already, so we recommend that you go through the process together. (Log yourself out, of course, if necessary).

Family-friendly facilities at the university

There is a student lounge that has air conditioning and WiFi that families can use throughout the day. The lounge has vending machines for drinks and there is a convenience store within a 3-minute walk from the university. The rest of the university campus will be open for families to visit, but there are few areas that are conducive to family rest time outside of the student lounge.

Nearby parks: There are two parks near the university that are great for kids to play at: a small one across the street and and a larger one about a 3-minute walk away (here: https://goo.gl/maps/wtQGRL1pHwYvegpb8).

Park across from the university.   Large park up the street from the university.


Family-friendly activities in Hirosaki

Hirosaki Park and Hirosaki Castle
The primary tourist spot of Hirosaki is the Castle grounds which are covered with over 2500 cherry trees. URL (Japanese): https://www.hirosakipark.jp/.  Sightseeing guide URL (English): https://www.japan.travel/en/spot/654/. The park is beautiful year-round and has a botanical garden, the Hirosaki City Museum, (URL (Japanese): http://www.city.hirosaki.aomori.jp/hakubutsukan/index.html), soft-tennis courts, numerous picnic areas, and feudal-era castle gates that make for great photography spots. Google Map link: https://www.google.co.jp/maps/@40.607697,140.464497,14z?hl=en

Tsugaru-han Neputa Village

Learn about local traditional culture like the Neputa Festival, Kingyo (goldfish) Neputa lanterns, Tsugaru-nuri lacquerware, Tsugaru Shamisen, etc. in a hands-on environment complete with a large koi pond in the courtyard of Tsugaru-han Neputa Village. URL (English): http://neputamura.com/en/. Located near Hirosaki Park (see above), it’s a great addition to a day-trip where you can experience the local food and folk specialties. Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/wK7hcpg6ospU5NQN9

Owl Cafe
Visit the Owl Cafe and have a snack while holding and hanging out with a variety of owls. URL (Japanese only): https://www.fukuroucafe-hirosaki.com/ Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/CJG9PAkNemXtdmxU9

 Climbing Mt. Iwaki–the Fuji of Tohoku
Hundreds of people climb our beautiful Mt. Iwaki every summer and June should be a great time to climb with some snow still remaining on the peak. There are two options for the climb, take the bus or drive to the 8th station parking lot / climber lounge and start from there, or for an all-day trek, begin at Iwaki-san Shrine at the foot and go from there. The hike from the 8th station is mostly easy and can be done with elementary-school children (some help will be necessary to get up some bigger rocks). No special gear is needed–sneakers are not a problem! An older hiker report is available here: https://hikinginjapan.com/2008/05/08/mt-iwaki/. TripAdvisor report: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g303161-d555382-Reviews-Mt_Iwaki-Hirosaki_Aomori_Prefecture_Tohoku.html

Romantopia Resort
This hotel resort area is a 10-15-minute drive from the conference venue and offers a variety of family-friendly activities, such as mini-golf, go-cart riding, a playground, indoor pool with great kids pool area, and an observatory where you can really see the stars away from the light pollution of the city. URL (Japanese): http://www.iwakisansportspark.com/soma/ and TripAdvisor site: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303161-d1085323-Reviews-Romantopia_A_Landscape_of_Forest_and_Stars-Hirosaki_Aomori_Prefecture_Tohoku.html#REVIEWS

Numerous Onsen Hot Baths
Aomori prefecture and especially Hirosaki is well-known as a hot bath region. If you love to enjoy these Japanese treats, then you’ll find plenty of onsens to relax in around Hirosaki!