Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Aomori Area

  • Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
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    4.0
    823 Reviews
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    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.

    This museum is definitely worth a stop. The building itself is unusually designed so that starts things off on a positive note. Once inside youll see Nebuta in various station of construction and...

  • Hirosaki Park
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    4.5
    554 Reviews
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    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...

  • Aomori Museum of Art
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    4.0
    385 Reviews
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    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.

    Sounds like the success of your visit depends on what is currently being exhibited. The first impression you get from the outside of the building is an impressive one. A grand building set on a...

  • Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru
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    4.0
    383 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Yanakawa 1-112-15
    A museum located five minutes on foot from Aomori Station. This museum ship houses displays on its service as a railway liner since it began operating in 1908 from when it carried numerous passengers and cargo to Hakodate until it ceased service in 1988. The Hakkodamaru, which served as a ferry for the longest period of time, is preserved almost as if it were still in service. On self-guided tours around the ship visitors can enter the bridge and descend into the engine room.

    It was a fabulous experience to see how this ferry was used to transport people and goods around the waters of Northern Japan.

  • A-FACTORY
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    4.0
    341 Reviews
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    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.

    Located just next to the Aomori station, the A-factory contains all kinds of local and local apple products. You can get apple chips, sauces, ice cream, apple ciders etc. Theres a cafe at the back...

  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
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    4.5
    234 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    204 Reviews
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    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...

  • Guriland
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    5.0
    198 Reviews
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    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...

  • Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori
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    4.5
    166 Reviews
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    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
    159 Reviews
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    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.

    Cute little aquarium with a good range of aquatic animals and comfortable for a short trip. Cosy, family oriented.

  • Oirase Stream Museum
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Tochikubo 183
    The Oirase Stream Museum is a roadside station-like facility located on the Towada Highway. It has a coffee shop and snack area, a souvenir shop, and an area where you can learn all about the natural splendor of Towada Hachimantai. Electric bikes are available to rent and can be used to explore the surrounding area.

    오이라세계류의 초입인 호시노리조트 지척에 위치하고 있는 박물관 입니다. 오이라세계류에 대해 알기 쉽게 잘 전시해 놓았습니다. 오이라세계류에서 용출된 용천수로 내리는 커피를 맛볼 수 있습니다.

  • Hirosaki City Apple Park
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    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. Its a good place for lunch before continuing further, or back towards Hirosaki downtown...

  • "Hachinohe Portal Museum ""Hacchi"""
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Mikkamachi 11-1
    A multi-purpose facility which was created to serve as a new center for tourism in Hachinohe in 2011. Here you can enjoy the charms of Hachinohe. The facility has a museum presenting exhibits introducing Hachinohe area highlights as well as works of art by Hachinohe artists; an activity booth where visitors can try making Nanbu sakiori textiles and other traditional crafts; a boutique selling Aomori crafts, books, and knickknacks; and a restaurant.

    The place is not very big but has some nice exhibitions distributed over four floors. Good to go if you are close by. Also interesting for families with small children.

  • Towada Art Center
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    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.
  • Sky Plaza MISAWA
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    3.0
    48 Reviews
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    Aomori Misawa-shi Chuocho 2-8-34
    In part because of the American military base, Misawa City is a center of international exchange, and this shopping mall is located in a part of the city known as America Village. The mall is filled with establishments with a strong focus on the American military base, the United States, and all things international. There's also restaurant where you can enjoy authentic pizzas baked in a brick oven imported from Naples Italy; as well as a cafe where you can enjoy sandwiches and baked goods along with a cup of coffee made using a cutting edge espresso machine.

    Its the place where you do the money exchange,sell some of your good stuffs that you dont need,buy japanese games or anime for your plapstation, buy cheap 2nd hand home appliances and...

  • Rokkasho Visitors Center
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    3.0
    15 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Kamikitagunrokkashomura Obuchi Kamiobuchi 2-42
    A visitor’s center for the nuclear fuel cycling center located in almost the exact venter of Rokkasho Village on the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture. The building is modeled after a nuclear fuel cycle ring. The third floor offers a sweeping 360 degree panorama of the Mt. Hakkoda, the Pacific Ocean, and the nuclear fuel cycling facility. Through large models, videos, information panels, and games, visitors can have fun learning about the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant. The visitor’s center also offers guided tours with easy to understand explanations provided by a center staff member with an advance reservation.

    There is a very detailed Japanese/English explanation of how Rokkashos Unranium Enrichment Facility works. It helps shed light on the process and the measures the village takes to ensure the safety...

  • Hirosaki City Museum
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1-6 In Hirosaki Park
    A museum located in a corner of the outermost region of the grounds of Hirosaki Castle. The solemn museum building was designed by architect Kunio Maekawa. The museum displays historical materials relating to Hirosaki Domain as well as arts and crafts. The museum's popular mascot, Inocchi, was modeled after an earthen figurine of a wild boar in the Museum's collection dating back to the Jomon period.

    I went by and they were closed, they had just closed an exhibit day before, dont know if closing was normal day of closure or not. I am sorry I wasnt able see what was offered.

  • Ajigasawa Sumo Museum
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    4.5
    23 Reviews
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    Aomori Nishitsugaru-gun Ajigasawa Cho Honmachi 246-4
    "At this sumo museum, you can learn about the tradition of sumo wrestling, the careers of Mainoumi as well as a number of other sumo wrestlers native to the town, and experience the natural beauty and culture of Ajigasawa. This sumo museum located in the Wando Sea Station building includes a ""Sumo Wrestler Gallery,"" a ""Sumo Ring,"" as well as its ""Mai Gallery,"" where you will find displays including panels, videos, as well as unique exhibit items such as ornamental aprons and trophies from which you will gain a better understanding of the history of professional sumo wrestling."

    海の駅「わんど」の2階が、相撲館になっていて無料で入れます。 部屋のほぼ中央が相撲の土俵になっていて、「舞の海」の相撲を画像で見る事出来ます。

  • Aomori Public University Aomori Contemporary Art Centre
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Aomori Aomori-shi
    A fine arts center designed by international architect Tadao Ando. The museum holds exhibitions of works with a focus on its artist in residence program which invites artists to the center from across the country and around the world. The museum also holds seminars and symposiums conducted by experts and the artists themselves. In addition, the museum conducts activities for visitors to experience creative activities.

    This building is designed by Tadao Ando and as an architect I wanted to see it. the exhibition wasnt that bad - an dthe building itself was so so too! However, very nice staff! I was waiting for the...

  • Hachinohe City Museum
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Nejou East 35-1
    This museum is in the Nejo Castle Ruins, which is designated as a national historic site, along Shirahagi Line in Higashigamae, Nejo, Hachinohe City. There are four display halls, exhibiting specimens of archaeology, history, folklore, and intangible culture, covering Hachinohe's history and folklore from the Jomon Period through the Edo period. They also offer the Jomon Room full of activities and lectures, where you can touch Jomon potsherds and more to learn about history up close.

    This is a fine overall history of this region of Japan from pre-history days until Meiji period; it has displays specific to area and how they fit into Japant history.

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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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