Travel / Tourism Spots in Aomori Area

  • Oirase Stream
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    4.5
    1056 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
    847 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.

    I can’t recommend this enough! It was $12 for two adults, but wow those floats are incredible! Apparently the actual festival is in august, but I recommend going to this museum as well. You can learn...

  • Sannai Maruyama Site Center
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    4.0
    561 Reviews
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    Aomori Aomori-shi Sannai Maruyama 305

    Sannai Maruyama Jomon site is one of the four Jomon sites designated as a national special historic site alongside the Togariishi Neolithic site (Nagano Prefecture), Oyu Stone Circles(Akita...

  • Hakkoda Ropeway
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    4.0
    312 Reviews
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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.

    I took the ropeway up the mountain at the beginning of March, and the snow monsters were still very monster-like (completely covered in snow), even though the rest of the prefecture is lacking in...

  • Aomori Museum of Art
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    4.0
    394 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...

  • Aomori Tourist Information Center, ASPAM
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    3.5
    499 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!

  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    263 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...

  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
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    4.5
    243 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
    110 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
    214 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...

  • Kabushima-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    141 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.

    I went because I thought the shrine looked picturesque and it was a nice day. I actually didnt know about the seagulls and was pretty stunned by the sight. The pictures Ive seen and taken dont...

  • Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Aomori
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    4.5
    175 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.

    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.

  • Shayokan, Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    177 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.

    五所川原に来たなら、大体の人が訪れるのではないでしょうか。五所川原で津軽鉄道に乗り換えないといけませんが、電車もノスタルジーな雰囲気なので、楽しく行けると思います。 金木駅より10分弱。見事な豪邸。あの文豪、太宰治が育ったところです。中も有料ですが見学することができます。襖、階段にお仏壇…。豪華でした。 太宰治の資料館というわけではないので、太宰を感じることはあんまりできませんが、ちょっとは楽しめ...

  • Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
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    4.5
    131 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...

  • Seikan Tunnel Museum
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    4.0
    95 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Higashitsugarugunsotogahamamachi Minmayatatsuhama 99
    A museum which uses physical models, informational panels, and videos to document the Seikan Tunnel, the world's longest undersea tunnel at 53.85 kilometers. Visitors can get a taste of what the massive tunnel construction site once felt like in an exhibition space which consists of an actual portion of the original work pit.

    There are two ways to get here, one is to drive but the best way of all is to get the train either from Aomori or Hakodate. One train stops in each direction to let you off at Tappi-kaitei...

  • 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 Inakadate Yayoi no Sato
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Minamitsugaruguninakadatemura Takahi Yahata 10
    A roadside station standing along National Route 102 and located in Inakadate Village, Aomori Prefecture, a village famous for its rice paddy art which uses rice paddies like a giant canvas to create artistic works. The station's spacious, 7.5 hectare grounds are home to a farm-fresh center selling local specialty products and a restaurant where you can enjoy Yayoi udon noodles and other local dishes. There are also a variety of leisure facilities such as a park, playground, miniature golf course, and a petting zoo, and the station is a popular destination for families with children and people of all ages.

    Inakadate is a small rice farming village. In 1993 the village people came up with ideas of designing mural size of rice fields, which have been growing rice for over 2000 years, to boost the local...

  • Tsugaru Railway
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    4.5
    119 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.

  • Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 2-1
    Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center provides tourist information by a tourist concierge, and various guide maps according to your destination. The displays of the decorated floats of the “Neputa Festival” on the first floor, and traditional crafts of Tsugaru on the second floor are also an attraction. There is also a local produce shop, restaurant, and bicycle rental service, so drop in before you begin exploring Hirosaki.

    Once you get into the building after being distracted by a clever statue in front there is a complete display of local crafts, Limited sales as I could tell

  • Lake Towada
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    A lake which straddles Towada City, Aomori Prefecture and Kosaka Town, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. 46 kilometers in diameter, this caldera lake was formed through volcanic activity. With a maximum depth of 327 meters, it is the third deepest lake in Japan. On its east side, the lake drains into the Oirase River and the area has been designated a Natural Monument as well as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty under the title “Lake Towada and Oirase Stream.” Here visitors can enjoy seasonal natural scenery, including fresh verdure in summer and fall foliage in autumn. Kokanee salmon are also raised in the lake and during fishing season many people come here to fish.

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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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