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  • Hasshoku Market Center
    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.
  • Hirosaki Castle Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
    Hirosaki castle was completed in 1611. In 1627 the castle was struck by lightning and burnt from the fifth level of the keep to the ground. The castle stood without a tower for the following 200 years, but in 1810, the ninth lord of the Tsugaru Clan Yasuchika rebuilt a three-layered keep in the southwest corner of the grounds. It is called “Gosankai Yagura” and is the castle you can see today. It is now used as historical center exhibiting historical materials of the feudal era.
  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    215 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.

    This gallery was a real highlight in our journey on this particular day. I love collections that are not overwhelming in their scope and scale and the modern art on display here is top quality and...

  • Sukayu Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Arakawa Minamiarakawayama National Forest Yuzawa 50
    Sukayu Onsen is most famous for its “Sen-nin-buro” or 1,000-person bath. The giant bathtub made entirely of cypress in the enormous bathhouse that is 160 tatami mats in size overwhelms the beholder. The hot spring water is naturally acidic and contains sulfur, and bathing in the warm waters is regarded as a traditional remedy. Its primary benefits involve relieving nerve, muscular, and joint pain, and the facility was the first to be appointed as the People’s Recreation Hot Spring.
  • Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry Daikan Maru (Hakodate—Oma)
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Shimokitagunomamachi Oma Netanai 10
    The ferry terminal connects Oma at the northern most point of Honshu with Hokkaido by the shortest route. There are two round trips a day, and the one-way trip takes 90 minutes. Since the Hakodate Maru, Japan’s first open ocean ferry, went into service in 1964 connecting Oma and Hakodate in 90 minutes, it has become established as a lifeline route and is now also designated as a maritime road as National Highway No. 279. It is also perfect for enjoying Hokkaido with a car and your pet dog, and various facilities that cater for pet dogs are available on board.
  • Special Historical Site Sannai-Maruyama Site
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Sannai Maruyama
    Here is the largest Jomon village ruins in Japan which was discovered in an exploration conducted in 1992. It was designated as a National Special Historic Site in 2000. The large pillar-supported buildings that suddenly appear in a vast field were built by erecting chestnut wood pillars in holes dug into the ground. It is thought to have been a building of rectangle shape with six pillars with a large, high floor. You can also see pit dwellings and pillar constructions as well as the special feature of many earthen figures.
  • Aomori Museum of Art
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    4.0
    322 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.

    What a great spot ! And with four fabulous, huge Chagall paintings (ballet stage back drops) as well as masterpieces from more contemporary Japanese artists. It's very impressive - both the building...

  • Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
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    4.0
    675 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.

    It’s static display of floats is charming but other than that, one can finish the whole museum tour in half an hour. Can skip this is you are in a hurry.

  • Festival City Auga
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    3.5
    182 Reviews
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Shinmachi 1-3-7 Festival City AugA B1F
    This is a market in the first floor basement of the “AUGA” shopping facilities located one minute on foot from JR Aomori Station, and a spot where many locals gather as Aomori’s citizens’ kitchen. Fresh fish and processed seafood products, vegetables, fruits, side dishes and meats specialist shops are arranged in tight rows, as well as restaurants and cafeteria using local foodstuffs. Shipping as a souvenir is also possible. Open mornings from 5 a.m.

    The seafood market at the basement of a Department Store is often target for visitors. However it appears that the business thereat is not as good as in past years. You cannot find stall holders...

  • A-FACTORY
    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.
  • Osanai
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    4.0
    221 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Shinmachi 1-1-17
    This is a local cuisine restaurant in front of JR Aomori Station, where one can try fresh seafood including scallops of Mutsu Bay. “Kenoshiru Ramen” is a blend of local Aomori “kenoshiru” cuisine with a miso-based ramen. Aomori's signature “Hotate Kaiyaki Miso” (scallop baked in its shell with miso) and “Hotate Fry” (fried scallop) set meals are popular with tourists who come to taste the deftly-prepared scallops which are neither frozen or boiled. In the interior wafts the atmosphere of an old-fashioned eatery, which is even easy to drop in by unaccompanied.

    This reminds me of mom’s cooking restaurant. The restaurant is small but cosy. We chanced upon this restaurant during our 3 day stay at Aomori near the station. Only discovered how famous it is after...

  • Hirosaki Park
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    4.5
    484 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 was very beautiful in autumn when the foliage changed colors. At the day of our visit, it was raining but the environment was still very impressive. Apart from the castle, we have...

  • Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
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    4.5
    105 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamishiroganechou 8-1
    Kenichi Fujita, who was born in Hirosaki City and served as the first president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, invited gardeners from Tokyo to make the garden reminiscent of Edo while he established a separate residence in 1919. The total area is about 21,800 square meters in size, which is the second largest garden next to Hiraizumi Motsuji Temple Garden in the Tohoku district. It is divided into a high mountain area and a low ground area. You can enjoy iris and azalea flowers in the lowland area.

    The garden is part of the Castle Gardens complex which also includes an Arboretum and castle ruins. The garden is modest in size at 22 m2, so one could walk round in ~15-minutes – but go leisurely...

  • Hirosaki City Apple Park
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimizutomita Terasawa 125
    This is a park and tourist facility in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, where one can experience local specialty apple production. From common to rare there are around 80 varieties of apples on 1,500 trees. In the production experience garden one can stroll freely through the grounds, and from the beginning of August to mid-November one can pick and eat the apples. In the garden there is an “apple house” to learn more about apples, a reconstructed farmer’s residence displaying agricultural equipment, open areas and picnic spots too.

    Ringo no Ie is a nice restaurant/shop in Apple Park. It has a lot of Hirosaki goods, apples and good food. It's a good place for lunch before continuing further, or back towards Hirosaki downtown...

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    168 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.

    Visited the place for about 45 minutes with a tour group. It’s good in a sense that it’s a one-stop trail to learn about the interesting local culture, music (drums & shamisen) performances and...

  • Tanakaya
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Ichibanchou Horn
    This is an old lacquer shop located a five-minute walk from Hirosaki Park, established in 1897. The storefront is unique for its blackened pillars using wood taken from a former municipal building. Inside the shop are Tsugaru lacquered items from chopsticks to low tables, using various coatings including Karanuri, Nanakonuri, or Susukinuri. In the sub-basement is a tea room with relaxing atmosphere. In the attached Tsugaru Lacquer Museum, one can observe a Tsugaru lacquer workshop through glass.
  • Hakkoda Ropeway
    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.
  • Hakkoda
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori, Aomori Prefecture Hakkoda
    This is the general name for a group of volcanoes located south of Aomori City, composed of six mountains including Kita Hakkoda and Kushigamine with Odake having the highest peak, divided by Minami Hakkoda. This is one of the top 100 mountains in Japan. There are beautiful beech forests and valleys, with several walking courses where one can see many types of grassland and alpine plants. The ropeway installed at Tamoyatsudake is used by many hikers and skiers. This is one of the world’s areas of heaviest snowfall, known for the 1902 “Hakkoda Mountains incident” in which 199 of the 210 members of the Aomori army 5th regiment were stranded and died in a blizzard.
  • Osorezan Bodaiji Temple
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    4.5
    86 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...

  • Shirakami-Sanchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Prefecture, Akita Prefecture
    Shirakami-Sanchi is the general name for an extensive mountain range that extends from the southwestern part of Aomori Prefecture to the northwestern part of Akita Prefecture, and the area was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1993. Natural beech forests are distributed throughout this area which protects a precious ecosystem inhabited by a variety of wild plants and animals and is said to be the largest in East Asia.

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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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