Culture / Tour Spots in Aomori Area

  • Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
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    4.0
    863 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 is a terrific museum. It is filled with colorful and unusual 3D paper lanterns floats used in the Festival of Lanterns parade in Aomori each year in August. Some of the floats are huge - up to...

  • Aomori Museum of Art
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    4.0
    396 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.

    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...

  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    267 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru
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    4.0
    402 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.

    Historical piece of structure located right beside the A-factory souvenir store. This port was heavily used before Shinkansen between Honshu and Hokkaido was built. From 1908 to 1988, Hakkoda Maru...

  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
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    4.5
    246 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
    218 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...

  • Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori
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    4.5
    176 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.

    A beautiful museum with both outdoor and exhibition. My husband and I enjoyed especially Honda Jet, which is amazing. There are a lot of experiences you actually participate in.

  • Aquarium Asamushi
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    4.0
    163 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.

    Such a cool little aquarium the dolphin show was the coolest we’ve ever seen and they even made it holiday themed which was cute.

  • Oirase Stream Museum
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    3.5
    32 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.

    奥入瀬渓流館の窓口も親切で、手作りできる苔玉や、苔ソフトクリーム、そして、あら、りんごの店舗が入っていて、イートインスペースがあり、アップルパイは美味しかった。

  • Hachinohe City Museum
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    4.0
    23 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.

  • Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Yoshinocho 2-1

    弘南鉄道中央弘前駅の近くにある美術館です。かつての酒造会社の倉庫を再利用した、レンガ造りの外観が目を引きます。

  • Rokkasho Visitors Center
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    3.5
    16 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.

    原子燃料サイクルについてのPR施設です。1991年開館ですので、展示内容に陳腐化が見られますが、原燃燃料サイクルの概要について学ぶことができます。入館料は無料、物産コーナーで六ヶ所村特産の長芋の焼酎も購入できました。

  • Hirosaki City Museum
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    3.5
    30 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.

    戦国大名津軽家の歴史を中心に貴重な資料を拝見させていただきました。今では青森市が県の中心でしたが、当時は弘前が中心ということが分かりました。

  • 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...

  • Hirosaki Municipal Local Museum of Literature
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Shimoshiroganecho 2-1
    This facility introduces writers with deep connections to Hirosaki. There is a permanent exhibition of the works of nine literary persons from Tsugaru, such as Katsunan Kuga, Kouroku Sato, Zenzo Kasai and Osamu Dazai. In addition, there are special exhibitions which are figured out to deepen our understanding of the local literature. In addition, each literary person's literature monument is guided, and they are useful for visiting the places of connection and memory.

    多くの文学者を輩出した津軽です。お恥ずかしいのですが文学の世界には全く疎い私なので評価し難いです。弘前城南側の多くの文化施設が集合しているエリアに有ります。

  • Museum of Modern Aomori Literature
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Aomori Aomori-shi Arakawa Fujito 119-7
    This literature museum opened in 1994 to give visitors a comprehensive overview of the literary world of Aomori which gave rise to many distinctive writers from the Meiji Period up to the present day. The museum's permanent collection features exhibits centered around 13 of Aomori Prefecture's most iconic writers:Koroku Sato, Ujaku Akita, Zenzo Kasai, Kojiro Fukushi, Yojiro Ishizaka, Komatsu Kitamura, Yao Kitabatake, Kyozo Takagi, Osamu Dazai, Kan'ichi Kon, Tetsuo Miura, Hideo Osabe and Shuji Terayama. In addition, it also holds special exhibitions three times a year.

    青森県立図書館内にある文学館です。入場は無料。太宰治や石坂洋二郎といった有名どころだけではなく、青森県にゆかりのある多くの作家についての展示があります。

  • Shichinohe Town Takayama Uichi Memorial Museum of Art
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Aomori Kamikita-gun Shichinohemachi Arakumanai 67-94
    An art museum opened in 1994 to honor the work of Shichinohe Town, Aomori Prefecture-born Western-style painter Uichi Takayama (1908-1999). The museum's standing exhibit primarily contains works submitted to the Nikaten art exhibition, which served as a space for Takayama to reveal his works throughout his career; as well as a large number of sketches which served as the foundation of the artist's creation activities. The museum also holds special exhibitions around twice a year.

    七戸町出身の洋画家、鷹山宇一を記念した美術館です。鷹山宇一の作品以外にも、南部地方の絵馬に関する展示や西洋卓上ランプについての展示があり、なかなか見応えがありました。

  • Mutsu Science Museum
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Aomori Mutsu-shi Sekine Kita Sekine 693
    This science museum displays the reactor room of the nuclear-fueled vessel, the Mutsu. This public display of a reactor room is a world first. The ship's actual turbine and external propeller/mechanisms to propel the ship with nuclear fuel are also displayed in a way that is easy to understand. Visitors can book a tour around the museum with explanations provided by an instructor up to a week in advance. Machining workshops and observations of science experiments are also organized by the museum.

    信じられなかったです。絶対無料と思ったのに、入り口から中を覗いて、¥300円の価値は無いと確信しやめました。(入り口での判断:深謝)

  • Fukaura Town Cultural History Museum / Art Museum
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Aomori Nishitsugaru-gun Fukauramachi
    This museum is made in the style of an ancient log storehouse reminiscent of the Shosoin (treasure house). It was established in 1980 so as to properly convey the prospering local culture and history to future generations as part of a port town that inherited its culture from the Jomon period. From all over the area centered on the Ipponmatsu Ruins, they have on display artifacts from everyday life that have been classified as tools used in daily life, farming tools, mountain woodcutting tools, and fishing gear.

    国道101号沿い、深浦町役場のすぐそばにある小さなミュージアムです。これといって特筆すべき展示物はありませんでしたが、落ち着いた良いアトモスフィアが感じられました。個人的には、屋外敷地のはずれのほうにある猿神鼻洞門が非常に興味深かったですね。

  • Sannai Maruyama Jomon Culture Center
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    Aomori Aomori-shi Sannai Maruyama 305

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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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