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Culture / Tour Spots in Aomori Area

  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    215 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.

    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...

  • Aomori Museum of Art
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    4.0
    322 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.

    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...

  • Aquarium Asamushi
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    4.0
    143 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.

    Although it took forever to find, due to our lack of Japanese and not great signs, locate it and go! Have seen a few aquaria in our time, and usually not terribly happy after seeing conditions, this...

  • Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
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    4.0
    675 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.

    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.

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    168 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.

    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...

  • Rokkasho Visitors Center
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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.
  • Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru
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    4.0
    324 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 is worth to spend 1,300 yen for a combined ticket to see the Memorial ship as other museums nearby. Strange to learn that even train cars can be transported by this ship to Hokkaido in the past.

  • Oirase Stream Museum
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    3.5
    25 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.

    奥入瀬渓流の散策はとても楽しいです。 できればこの奥入瀬渓流館で全体像を把握してから散策を始めることがお勧めです。 渓流の見どころも把握できますし、どのような生い立ちでこの奥入瀬が形成されたかも分かりやすく解説されています、 所要時間は20分もあれば十分ですし、トイレを済ませることも可能です。 また、ここから出発すると下流から歩く形になるので、景観も綺麗です。上りになるからといって、行程の負担は...

  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
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    4.5
    205 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.

    The Tachi-Neputa House is a museum that displays parade floats featured in the city's Neputa summer festival. These huge floats are 23 metres high and made of wire and rice paper. The workmanship of...

  • Risoukyo
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Fukamochi Torigamori 2-10
    This tourism farm emphasizes hands-on experiences, including a wild flower garden with many irises as well as peonies, lupins, and other seasonal flowers. There are also rabbit hutches, a water mill, and more that is sure to entertain visitors regardless of age or gender. The thatch-roofed “Risoutei” house is the facility’s symbol and was built in the early Showa period. You can enjoy “handmade water mill soba” made with soba flour processed at the water mill, a “wappa chicken rice set,” and more as well.
  • Tsugaru Kokeshi Doll Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Kuroishishi Fukuro Tomiyama 72-1
    Tsugaru Kokeshi Doll Museum, opened in 1988, displays a collection of 5,000 traditional Kokeshi dolls accumulated over a period of 20 years, a “Kokeshi Art Collection” and pure gold kokeshi wooden doll. The museum also holds events and has a hands-on corner, and with a reservation visitors can also experience painting a doll. The Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum is attracting attention not only as a kokeshi memorial hall but also as a place to hand down the history of the activities of the local residents. It is approximately ten minutes by car from Kuroishi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    年に何度かお邪魔しています! こけし好きには、たまらない場所だと思います! 1階スペースには、津軽系こけしの販売があって、たくさんの工人のこけしを購入することが出来ます。特に私が好きな山谷レイさんや阿保正文さんのこけしをみるとテンション上がります! 限定発売のここでしか買えないこけしや、 こけし関連の全国各地の人気作家さんグッズなども買えるので毎回飽きません。 絵付け体験も出来ます。工人さんが指導...

  • Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori
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    4.5
    139 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.

    I miss Misawa so much! This attraction brought a lot of laughter to me and my family. We had a good time, truly! Thank you for the best experience!

  • Hirosaki City Museum
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    3.5
    20 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.

    During late Autumn I was fortunate to visit this museum and take in the Yoshitsugu Koyanagi exhibit. A wonderful exhibit well represented by this space. Definitely the highlight of my visit to the...

  • Hokuyokan
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    Aomori Pref. Mutsushi Ominatochou 4-1
    An old Western-style structure located on the grounds of the Maritime Self Defense Forces Ominato District Command. A stately stone building built in 1916 as a social hall for naval officers, today the facility is used to display historical items and materials relating to the former Japanese Navy and the Self Defense Forces. The building has also been selected as an excellent example of architecture dating to Japan's Taisho and Showa periods.
  • Hachinohe City Fishery Science Museum Marient
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    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Samemachi Shimomatsunaeba 14-33
    A museum which seeks to convey the wonders of the sea from the perspective of fisheries. The museum has many exhibits, including a giant aquarium filled with fish from the ocean off of Hachinohe, a touch tank where visitors can actually touch live sea creatures, and a black-tailed gull exhibit. The museum's feeding demonstrations, deep sea virtual reality exhibit, and experiment corner are popular with children. Visitors are also recommended to eat in the museum's observatory restaurant, which offers a sweeping view of Hachinohe Port.
  • Korekawa Jomon Kan, Korekawa Archaeological Institution
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Korekawa Yokoyama 1
    A museum adjoining the Korekawa Site, a Jomon period archeological site which was designated a National Historic Site in 1957. The museum collects and displays archeological artifacts excavated in Hachinohe City. The museum uses informational panels and videos to present the city's Jomon period sites and contains exhibits features artifacts primarily from the Korekawa Site as well as a National Treasure-designated Dogu earthenware figure with its hands clasped in prayer. The museum also periodically holds special exhibitions focusing on a variety of themes relating to Japan's ancient Jomon period. The Kore Cafe museum shop and cafe sells goods such as replicas of the aforementioned Dogu figure and also serves light meals.

    Stone Age ("Jomon") people inhabited the area of northern Japan near modern-day Hachinohe at least 5000 years ago. Judging from the artfulness of the excavated artifacts on display at Korekawa...

  • Tsukahara Museum
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    Aomori Prefecture Hachinohe City Kita Inter Industrial Park 4-2-57 Techno Craft Sea & V Co., Ltd.
    A museum which displays around 50 classic cars from seven countries around the world. From the Toyota 2000GT to the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, Ford Model T, and Renault 35CV, the museum is filled with famous vehicles which stood at the cutting-edge of automobiles in their day. All of the museum's vehicles have been lovingly restored by craftsman-not just their exteriors, but even their engines and other internal parts-and visitors can see the cars looking just as gallant as the day they were manufactured. The museum also has cars visitors can actually sit in the driver's seat, such as an experimental Formula Nippon racecar, and people of all ages, whether classic car fans or not, are sure to enjoy themselves.
  • Hachinohe City Museum
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    4.0
    15 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.

    It is located on the Central street with many buses stop nearby. Bus schedule is very frequent. There was a local market in the lobby when I visited. I bought many things with good price and high...

  • Tsugaru City Kizukuri Kamegaoka Archaeological Material Room (Jomonkan)
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    Aomori Tsugaru-shi
  • Tsugaru City Jomon Residence Museum Karuko
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
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    Aomori Tsugaru-shi Kizukuri Wakamidori 59-1

    遮光器土偶について学べます。 また、近くの木造駅では、ドでかい遮光器土偶が駅舎にはりついています。思った以上のスケールと造りの繊細さにびっくりしました。駅には駐車場もあるので、車を停めて鑑賞できます。駅舎の中にも土偶がデザインされていたり、スタンプが設置されていたりするので土偶ファンが必見です!

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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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