Culture / Tour 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Hachinohe City Fishery Science Museum Marient
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
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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.

    海のいきものを展示しているが、水族館というわけでなく、深海も含め海の魅力全体を発信しようという試み。…なのでここが見どころ、というポイントが見当たらない。300円の入場料でも躊躇。ただし無料の展望室からは南東側から手前の蕪島を超えて八戸の街を一望でき、ナイスビュー。3月は展望室の改修があるようなので、それが終了しているのを確認してから訪れたい。

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Hirosaki Municipal Local Museum of Literature
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    4.0
    17 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.

    郷土出身の文人を扱っています。入館料は100円と安いですが、中身の充実感は素晴らしいものです。2階は石坂洋次郎の展示室になっており懐かしいポスターが多く展示されています。 陸羯南と石坂洋次郎と太宰治の図録を各500円で購入しました。こちらも中身が濃く満足です。 何点か質問したら、受付の若い女性と館長さんらしき方が真摯に対応してくれました。また行きたいです。

  • Aomori City Forestry Museum
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Aomori Aomori-shi Yanakawa 2-4-37
    "This museum is located a ten-minute walk from Aomori Station's West Exit. This renaissance-style building, surrounded by rich greenery, was built to be the Aomori City Obayashi Ward office building in 1908, and is a city-designated tangible cultural treasure. There are seven display rooms revolving around the hometown of Aomori inside, teaching such lessons as the importance of nature and connecting people to nature. You can also see the room of the forestry bureau chief used in the movie ""Mt. Hakkoda."" Everyone from children to the elderly can learn while enjoying themselves. The garden contains more than a hundred varieties of trees, including Yoshino cherry, hickory, and Hiba cypress, which provide a full view of the beauty of the four seasons."

    We were looking forward to this museum, thinking it would provide insight into the history of forestry in Aomori and information on forestry today. The building is in need of attention, with peeling...

  • Museum of Modern Aomori Literature
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    3.5
    11 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.

    An Exhibition hall of the prefectural library.Sometimes they hold special display on local literatures and auteurs.

  • 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)

  • Apple Museum
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Aomori Kuroishi-shi
    This museum operates out of a structure built in 1931 which was modeled after the architecture of the East Malling Research Station in England. The facility serves as a space for culture, sightseeing, and learning. Visitors can learn about the results of local fruit cultivation experiments as well as the history of apples in Aomori. In addition to exhibits, there's an apple activity zone where visitors can take a quiz on a PC, and a theater where you can observe what involved in the cultivation of apples over a one year period.

    黒石市にあるりんごに関する資料館です.青森県内にはこのようなりんごに関する資料館が数多くありますが,ここはかなり規模が大きいです.

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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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