Travel / Tourism Spots in Aomori Area

  • Oirase Stream
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    4.5
    1017 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    "Oirase Stream can be reached by a JR Bus service from JR Shin-Aomori Station; the journey takes around two hours. It is one of the most scenic places in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park; the river flows out from Lake Towada through the gorge for a distance of around 14 kilometers, from Nenokuchi to Yakeyama, with a road and a footpath all the way along, making it easy for visitors to experience the gorge's wonderful natural scenery. There are many ""must-see's"" in the area, including the Ashura Rapids, which are one of the Oirase Stream's best-known sights, and Choshi-otaki Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in the gorge. Visitors can see the new spring greenery in May-June, and view the autumn foliage in mid to late October; the winter scenery, when the ground is covered with snow, is also very beautiful."

    Generally speaking, the Oirase Stream is hard to access by public transport during winter due to road closure, but the winter sight is awesome which is something I realy wanted to see. So I joined...

  • 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
    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.

    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...

  • Aomori Tourist Information Center, ASPAM
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    3.5
    489 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Yasukata 1-1-40
    Built as a place to promote Aomori’s local products in 1986, this facility also introduces guests to local industry and folk entertainment. The origin of the name ASPAM comes from the initials in a direct English translation of the facility’s Japanese name, which becomes Aomori, Sightseeing, Products, Mansion. From the observatory on the 13th floor visitors can enjoy a view of the urban center of Aomori, the Shimokita, Tsugaru, and Natsudomari peninsulas, Mutsu Bay, and the Aomori Bay Bridge. Be sure to take in the incredible 360-degree panoramic view.

    Just visited this building to get some souvenirs. It was very quiet and I ended up buying stuff in and close to the station! You could hear Nebuta festivals music in the building which was great!

  • Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru
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    4.0
    383 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Osorezan Bodaiji Temple
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    4.5
    104 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tsugaruhan Neputa Mura
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    4.0
    204 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.

    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...

  • Shayokan, Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    168 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 412-1
    Shayokan stands along Prefectural Route 2 in Asahiyama, Kanagi Town, Goshogawara City. The building, a stately wood residence built in 1907 before Osamu Dazai was born, is now a designated National Important Cultural Property. The museum makes use of the residence storehouse as an exhibition space, display some of Dazai’s favorite personal goods, manuscripts, letters, and his first edition books.

    建物自体、国の重文指定となっている太宰治の生家です。想像以上に裕福な家であることに驚き、かつそんな中で国会議員にもなった父親も婿養子という女性が強い複雑な環境がある種身勝手な生き方に繋がったことを理解できました。

  • Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori
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    4.5
    166 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kabushima-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    131 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Samemachi Same 56
    A Shinto shrine which has been granting worshipper's prosperity in business and maritime safety since ancient times. The shrine is dedicated to the goddess Ichikishima-hime no Mikoto (Benzaiten). The shrine area is known as a breeding ground for black-tailed gulls and each year over 30,000 gulls visit the location.

    There are currently (January 2019) construction works and it’s not possible to go up to the shrine. Very unfortunate.

  • Towada-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    127 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    Along with Osore-zan (on the Shimokita Peninsula), Towada-jinja Shrine is believed to be a sacred ground in shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts). As Tohoku’s leading power spot, it is also called “Uranaiba” since one’s fortune can be told here. Legend has it that if you make a wish and cast the “oyori-gami” paper that you received at the shrine into the lake, your wish will come true if the paper sinks down into the water.

    It was really cold during winter but we enjoyed the atmosphere! Go if you make your stop at Towada Lake!

  • Ishigedo Rest Area
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    4.0
    122 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Mr. Sonobeama 1
    A facility which serves as a base for people walking along Oirase Stream. In addition to a restaurant offering soba and udon noodles, ramen, and other light meals, there's also a shop, rental cycles, and a visitor center here.

    Its an important rest area as most people will choose to end their trip here. It provides excellent tourist facilities, plus easy walk to nearby sights. Saw some elderly tourists with some levels of...

  • Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
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    4.0
    125 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.

    When it comes to landscape gardening, the Japanese have no equals. This is a rather large garden, consisting of two levels. The upper level has a teahouse and a traditional Japanese home, which is...

  • Tsugaru Railway
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    4.5
    111 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Goshogawara-shi Omachi 39
    This scenic railway in Okutsugaru is famous for its stove trains. The section from Goshogawara to Kanagi opened in 1930, and the entire line (20.7 kilometers) opened in November of the same year. Then, stove trains began running that December in the winter. The stove trains are in operation from December 1st to March 31st. During other periods, there are also wind chime and bell cricket trains.

    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip on Stove train. Beautiful scenery. Train comfortable but would advise seating near stove best.

  • Roadside Station Yokohama Nanohana Plaza
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Kamikitagunyokohamamachi Hayashinowaki 79-12
    A roadside station located in Yokohama Town, which has the largest area dedicated to growing canola flowers, known as nanohana in Japanese, in the country. In Nanohana Plaza, you can buy canola flower donuts, vegetables picked that morning, and Japanese scallops from Mutsu Bay. The station's unique building was also modeled after a Japanese scallop.

    On the way from Aomori to north, this is very good place for light meal and little rest. Great shopping facilities for local products like excellent apples, strawberries, micro-brewery beers and wine...

  • Roadside Station Oirase / Oirase Roman Park
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    3.5
    68 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Sekimichi 39-1
    Towadako Town has many scenic locations, including Mt. Hakkodasan, Oirase Gorge, and Lake Towada. This roadside station serves as a base for sightseeing activities in the area. The station's Shikisai-kan hall sells local specialty products. You can enjoy Lake Towada Japanese beef in the Mirai-kan hall, and local beers in the Oirase Bakushu-kan. Signature dairy products are sold in the Miraku Kobo building. The station also has parking which can accommodate large vehicles. Be sure to stop by when travelling through the area.

    What a great little rest stop this is. We stopped when our bus pulled in on the way to Lake Towada from Hachinohe. We didnt actually look at the gift shops, but the kids loved the fact there was a...

  • Hakkoda Ropeway
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    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.
  • Hirosaki Castle Tower
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    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.
  • Roadside Station Hirosaki, San Festa Ishikawa
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Ishikawa Izumita 62-1
    A roadside station located near the Owanihirosaki Interchange in Hirosaki City's Ishikawa area, one of the greatest apples producing districts in the city. There's a light meal restaurant where you can enjoy oyaki baked dumplings, apple sweets, and other local favorites; and an interactive museum where you can learn about the history of apples and apple logistics. There's also a farm fresh shop and adjoining agricultural products factory where you can by apples and other fresh, local fruits and vegetables as well as jams, apple pies, apple bread, and other goods made with apples.

    i like MICHI NO EKI it means the station of the way as there are much variety of its local food, souvenirs and sometimes an event is thrown. i bought some apples which caltivated near around. those...

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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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