Spots in Aomori Area

  • Oirase Stream
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    4.5
    1045 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    "Oirase Stream can be reached by a JR Bus service from JR Shin-Aomori Station; the journey takes around two hours. It is one of the most scenic places in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park; the river flows out from Lake Towada through the gorge for a distance of around 14 kilometers, from Nenokuchi to Yakeyama, with a road and a footpath all the way along, making it easy for visitors to experience the gorge's wonderful natural scenery. There are many ""must-see's"" in the area, including the Ashura Rapids, which are one of the Oirase Stream's best-known sights, and Choshi-otaki Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in the gorge. Visitors can see the new spring greenery in May-June, and view the autumn foliage in mid to late October; the winter scenery, when the ground is covered with snow, is also very beautiful."

    Generally speaking, the Oirase Stream is hard to access by public transport during winter due to road closure, but the winter sight is awesome which is something I realy wanted to see. So I joined...

  • Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
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    4.0
    840 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Yasukata 1-1-1
    This museum in Aomori City’s Aomori Waterside Area opened in 2011 to introduce the history and charm of Aomori’s Nebuta Festival. Inside the building there is a hall containing four floats used in the festival and a “Nebuta Museum” corner where one can learn about the festival’s history. The food area where one can enjoy lunch while looking out over Aomori Harbor is also popular.

    I can’t recommend this enough! It was $12 for two adults, but wow those floats are incredible! Apparently the actual festival is in august, but I recommend going to this museum as well. You can learn...

  • Hirosaki Park
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    4.5
    563 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
    This is a park in the center of Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, established on the grounds of Hirosaki Castle. Many elements inside the park are designated as important cultural assets of Japan, and visitors can see remains of the feudal era including the castle tower, five castle gates and a watchtower. With a moat surrounded by Japan’s oldest Somei Yoshino cherry trees, it is known as one of the prefecture’s leading cherry blossom spots. Many visitors come for the spring cherry blossom festival, as well as the autumn leaves festival and winter snow lantern festival, with several events going on throughout the year.

    Hirosaki Park is a sad sight in winter, and early March is still winter here. The main attractions, including the botanical garden, are closed. Snow patches remain on the soggy ground and the...

  • Sannai Maruyama Site Center
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    4.0
    549 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Aomori-shi Sannai Maruyama 305

    Sannai Maruyama Jomon site is one of the four Jomon sites designated as a national special historic site alongside the Togariishi Neolithic site (Nagano Prefecture), Oyu Stone Circles(Akita...

  • Hasshoku Market Center
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    4.0
    325 Reviews
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Kawaragi Kansai 22-2
    A food market center located in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture sells fresh seafood and caught that morning as well as Hachinohe every morning. Some 60 shops stand side by side along the 170 meter length of the market, boasting an abundant variety of goods able to meet even the needs of restaurants and other businesses. At Shichirinmura, a popular destination for tourists, you can cook and enjoy your purchases on the spot over a charcoal grill. With tuna butchering shows, cooking classes, and play equipment for children, the market center is a destination the whole family can enjoy.

    The centre is a major local attraction to buy gifts and seafood at a reasonable price. It is easy to reach (take the 100 Yen bus from Hachinohe station). It has a lot of seats to enjoy the food you...

  • Hakkoda Ropeway
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    4.0
    308 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Arakawa Kansuizawa 1-12
    This is a ropeway connecting Sanroku Station and Sanchou Kouen Station, with a one-way trip taking 10 minutes. From the gondola window and Sanchou Kouen Station one can see the magnificent Hakkouda mountain range in the colors of all four seasons, past Aomori City and out to Mustu Bay. In the area there is a walking course rich with ponds and alpine plants, popular with visitors who come to watch the leaves changing color in autumn. In winter it is favored as a ski resort.

    I took the ropeway up the mountain at the beginning of March, and the snow monsters were still very monster-like (completely covered in snow), even though the rest of the prefecture is lacking in...

  • Aomori Museum of Art
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    4.0
    391 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Yasuta Chikano 185
    Opened in 2006, this art museum primarily houses and displays local cultural art of Aomori City and Aomori Prefecture. It is characterized by its unique architecture whereby the building is combined with the adjoining Sannai-Maruyama Jomon Era ruins. In the center of the museum is the Aleko Hall, where one can see in one glance all 4 masterpieces of the master Marc Chagall's 4 backdrops from the ballet ''Aleko'' until March 2021 (proposed). A broad range of standard exhibit items include western art, Japanese style paintings, modern art, and works by local artists. Take the city bus from Aomori Station and disembark at Kenritsu Bijutukan-Mae bus stop.

    The museum is modern with a good collection of art by Yoshitomo Nara, and huge backdrops of the ballet Aleko by Chagall. Aomori-ken (Aomori Dog) is situated outside the museum building. Visitors...

  • Aomori Tourist Information Center, ASPAM
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    3.5
    496 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Yasukata 1-1-40
    Built as a place to promote Aomori’s local products in 1986, this facility also introduces guests to local industry and folk entertainment. The origin of the name ASPAM comes from the initials in a direct English translation of the facility’s Japanese name, which becomes Aomori, Sightseeing, Products, Mansion. From the observatory on the 13th floor visitors can enjoy a view of the urban center of Aomori, the Shimokita, Tsugaru, and Natsudomari peninsulas, Mutsu Bay, and the Aomori Bay Bridge. Be sure to take in the incredible 360-degree panoramic view.

    Just visited this building to get some souvenirs. It was very quiet and I ended up buying stuff in and close to the station! You could hear Nebuta festivals music in the building which was great!

  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    263 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Nishinibanchou 10-9
    Located on Kanchogai-dori Avenue in Towada City, the Towada Art Center exhibits the artistic works of internationally-renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama and Ron Mueck. Intended to be a “facility for providing new experiences through art”, this center functions as a central pillar for the “Arts Towada Project” to make all of Kanchogai-dori Avenue function like a big art museum. It includes a café and activity spaces, offering chances to revitalize Towada City as an art town.

    We loved this little modern art museum. Unlike most of the modern art museums, where I couldnt understand or relate to most of the art work. The art work at the Towada Art Center was more...

  • A-FACTORY
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    4.0
    351 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Yanakawa 1-4-2A-FACTORY
    This commercial facility opened in 2010 and is located three minutes on foot from JR Aomori Station. Inside the facilities is a collection of specialist shops, studios and restaurants that use local foodstuffs. Aside from sweets and food like gelato made from “Aomori Milk,” one can purchase souvenirs themed on tastes only available in Aomori. Inside the building there is also a cider studio with eight brewing tanks, with observation and tasting courses (paid) also available.

    A lovely building g and pleasant shopping venue stocking local produce dominated by Apples and the various by products like Cider, cakes, juices etc Its right near the Matsuri museum. Walk from the...

  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
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    4.5
    238 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Omachi 506-10
    The Tachineputa Museum which stores and exhibits Tachineputa (standing floats) that are used in the Tachineputa Matsuri festival is also a place where visitors can see the creation process of the floats and have a go at traditional local Tsugaru crafts. Visitors can enjoy dining in the observation lounge, Harunire, overlooking the Tsugaru Basin, and enjoy taking a break at the open cafe, Plum. Various events such as the Goshogawara Nebuta music practice also take place here. The museum is located approximately 15 minutes from Goshowara Interchange on the Tsugaru Expressway.

    We came from Aomori to Goshogawara for the Stove Train and Tachineputa Museum. The journey takes about 1 hour 20 mins (varies between train schedules). The museum is 10-15mins easy and straight walk...

  • Osorezan Bodaiji Temple
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    4.5
    106 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Mutsushi Tanabu Ugo Toshiyama 3-2
    Osorezan, which was founded in 862 by Jikaku Taishi, is one of Japan’s three largest reizan (sacred mountains) which also include Hiezan and Koya-san. It prospered as a place for the Tendai sect of Shugendo (a Japanese mountain asceticism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts). Sights to see include the arching bridge over what is supposed to represent the Sanzu no Kawa (which has to be crossed by all dead souls on their way to afterlife and is often compared to the River Styx of ancient Greek mythology), Jigokudani (Hell Valley), and the beautiful Sai no Kawara (Dry Bed of the River of Souls) that makes one think of the Sukhavati (Amitabha’s Pure Land).

    Having read a great deal about the history and cultural significance of this wonderful place I was determined to visit here. Hired a car from near our accommodation in Mutsu and very easy drive...

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    210 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamenokoumachi 61
    This is an experience-based tourist facility in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, themed on local culture including the Hirosaki Neputa festival and the Tsugaru region. The permanent exhibition features displays on Hirosaki Neputa and accompanying musical demonstrations. One can learn about local craftwork and have a production experience, and in the Tsugaru shamisen corner one can not only listen to a live performance but also try playing the shamisen under the guidance of a professional. There is also a free to enter shopping area offering locally-produced vegetables, apples and handicrafts.

    We visited as part of a visit to Hirosaki Castle (see my other review). Unfortunately the English presentation we were supposed to have, for some reason didnt happen. The explanations on the...

  • Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori
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    4.5
    172 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Misawashi Misawa Kitayama 158
    This is an aero science hall located in a corner of “Misawa Sky Park” neighboring Misawa airport. It was opened in August 2003 with the theme of “Aviation” and the “Sky.” On the first floor of the building, a YS-11, used as a Japan Air Commuter, is displayed unchanged since its time of active service. In addition, outside the Museum, a replica of Miss Veedol is on display in the Sky Park. Visitors can enjoy seeing, touching and learning about aviation history. The second floor is a science museum with hands-on exhibits, consisting of a corner where experiences and experiments can be done, and the third floor has an observation deck overlooking Misawa airfield.

    My husband and I enjoyed this as much as my sons. We spent 2 1/2 hours and didn’t see everything. Many many hands on exhibits most with English explanations. They had aeronautics interactive that I...

  • Aquarium Asamushi
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    4.0
    162 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Asamushi Babayama 1-25
    About an 11-minute walk from Asamushi Onsen Station, this aquarium is at the northern tip of Honshu and overlooks Aomori Bay. With a large, free parking lot and the Asamushi hot springs nearby, it is convenient and accessible enough to draw in many visitors. The aquatic exhibits are crafted to mimic natural conditions closely. The “Waters of Mutsu Bay” is a tunnel-shaped tank that imitates Mutsu Bay, offering a view of farm-raised scallops and such. There are events and shows every season. The powerful and graceful performances of bottlenose dolphins and Pacific white-sided dolphins are interactive and particularly popular with visitors.

    Made a visit with the wife and her sister and her family. Very cool place and around 5 minutes from the train station. Dolphin was great and they have a dolphin feeding show afterwards.

  • Guriland
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    5.0
    212 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse Towadakohanutarube 123-1
    This is a boat touring adventure outfit along the TowadaRoadin Utarube, Towadakohan, Okuse, Towada City. The boats tour the nature preserve areas of Lake Towada where one can enjoy seeing the ItomukaCove,ancient ruins, and wildlife all from atop a powerboat.

    ネットで偶然見かけ、早速10月20日日曜日に参加しました。三沢空港から、車で1時間半で行けます。アクティビティはとても楽しく、個人では、中々行けないスポットを約50分かけてRIBで回ります。次回は夏にまた参加したいな。オススメは晴れた日に!きっと気にいるはず。 I happen to find this activity in internet then booked it in 20Th...

  • Kabushima-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    136 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Samemachi Same 56
    A Shinto shrine which has been granting worshipper's prosperity in business and maritime safety since ancient times. The shrine is dedicated to the goddess Ichikishima-hime no Mikoto (Benzaiten). The shrine area is known as a breeding ground for black-tailed gulls and each year over 30,000 gulls visit the location.

    From Misawa to Hachinohe and then keep driving up the coast for great hiking trails and coastal views.

  • Shayokan, Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    175 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 412-1
    Shayokan stands along Prefectural Route 2 in Asahiyama, Kanagi Town, Goshogawara City. The building, a stately wood residence built in 1907 before Osamu Dazai was born, is now a designated National Important Cultural Property. The museum makes use of the residence storehouse as an exhibition space, display some of Dazai’s favorite personal goods, manuscripts, letters, and his first edition books.

    金木駅から徒歩10分位のところにある太宰治の生家です。 太宰治の本で、本人が大きな家と著されてましたが、想像以上に大きいです。 裕福だということは知ってましたが想像以上です。 外観だけではなく家具や調度品は豪華でした。

  • Roadside Station Yu-Sa Asamushi
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    4.0
    116 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Asamushi Hotarudani 341-19
    A roadside station standing in front of Asamushi-Onsen Station on the Aoimori Railway running along Mutsu Bay. There’s an outdoor bath with a view on the fifth floor where you can enjoy hot spring waters while gazing at the scenery of Mutsu Bay and Yunoshima. You can buy souvenirs and an original soft serve ice cream made with black currants, a local Aomori specialty product. The facility also hosts a tourist information center and road and weather information terminals, making it a convenient destination for getting sightseeing info. Fresh local seafood, vegetables, folk crafts, and a variety of other local products are also sold here.

    I went with a friend for an afternoon at the Onsen, and we had a lovely visit there. It was late spring, so the air was brisk creating the perfect contrast with the water. The nicest part of the...

  • Seikan Tunnel Museum
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Higashitsugarugunsotogahamamachi Minmayatatsuhama 99
    A museum which uses physical models, informational panels, and videos to document the Seikan Tunnel, the world's longest undersea tunnel at 53.85 kilometers. Visitors can get a taste of what the massive tunnel construction site once felt like in an exhibition space which consists of an actual portion of the original work pit.

    There are two ways to get here, one is to drive but the best way of all is to get the train either from Aomori or Hakodate. One train stops in each direction to let you off at Tappi-kaitei...

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Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori's fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.

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