History / 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • Seikan Tunnel Museum
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    4.0
    93 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...

  • Saisho-in Temple Five-Storied Pagoda
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Doyamachi 63
    "A three-minute walk from the ""Hirosakikoko-mae"" Konan Bus stop. The Saisho-in Temple significantly influenced the shrines and temples of Tsugaru; established in 1667, the temple possesses numerous National Important Cultural Properties. The interior of the pagoda is richly decorated with gold and silver leaf as well as ultramarine, and enshrines a statue of Vairocana, the temple's principal object of worship; and, to its sides, statues of an infant Prince Shotoku and the ten rulers of the afterlife. One of the highlights of the temple grounds are its beautiful scenery created by the contrast of seasonal plants such as weeping cherry tree blossoms and fresh verdure in spring. Built to memorialize all those who fell in the battles to unify Tsugaru, the temple's five-storied pagoda and other structures exude an atmosphere of rich history."

    This beautiful medium sized shrine has been overlooked by visitors. There are not that many visitors, which ensures a peaceful environment. The Shrine includes a five storey pagoda, which is elegant...

  • Catholic Hirosaki Church
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Hyakkokumachikouji 20
    Located around five minutes’ walk to the east of Hirosaki Park, Catholic Hirosaki Church was built in 1910. It was constructed in the Romanesque style, with a spire, and with prominent pillars at the left and right corners of the front face. The oak-wood altar that faces the door at the far end of the interior was a gift from the Church of St. Thomas in Amsterdam; the altar was made in 1866, and won an award for its design at an exhibition held in Antwerp, Belgium.

    This is a small Catholic Church, capable of holding no more than 120 people. The architecture is European in style. Inside, the altar is beautiful, so are the stained colour windows. There are no...

  • 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.
  • Tsugaru-jamisen Hall
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 189-3
    A facility located in Kanagi-cho, Goshogawara City, said to be the birthplace of the tsugaru-jamisen, a shamisen instrument and style of music. The facility displays numerous tsugaru-jamisen and other stringed instruments as well as materials relating to tsugaru-jamisen folk songs and local history. Visitors can enjoy live tsugaru-jamisen performances daily in the facility's multipurpose hall.

    ストーブ列車で金木駅に下車、徒歩10分程です。「津軽三味線会館」と「斜陽館」の共通券を購入し、見学しました。一番の目的は津軽三味線のライブです。短い時間でしたが、クオリティーの高い奏者が奏でる三味線の音色と迫力に、大満足のライブでした。

  • Hirosaki Church, United Church of Christ in Japan
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Mototeramachi 48
    A church built by the Hirosaki Methodist Church in 1906. Located close to Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden, the wooden building’s gothic style architecture with two towers is an extremely rare example constructed during the Meiji period. A variety of traditional crafts were used in the decorate of the church as well. The pulpit and communion table are painted Tsugaru-nuri lacquer, and the donation baskets are traditional woven vine work. Visitors are permitted, but not when staff are not present or during church events.

    I had seen the 1/10th scale building and bumped into it in the middle of my walk-about. I did not enter for it isnt my faith and i was heading somewhere else. It is is large enough to see.

  • Takayama Inari-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Tsugarushi Ushigatachou Washinosawa 147-1
    A magical Shinto shrine dedicated to large harvests, maritime safety, and business prosperity which has attracted worshipers since ancient times. In addition to locals, people from far and wide come to visit the shrine. The shrine has a beautiful Japanese garden in which seasonal flowers bloom. The shrine's 1,000 torii, countless red torii gates arranged one after another to form a tunnel, gives the shrine a mystical atmosphere.

    We went during the week and even though the cherry blossoms were out in places like Hirosaki that wasnt the case here so maybe that is why we had the place to ourselves. The gardens by the Torri...

  • Hakkoda Mountains Incident Museum
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Koubata Abeno 163-4
    Mt. Hakkodasan Incident occurred here in Mt. Hakkodasan in January 1902. Said to be the worst mountain climbing disaster in history, the incident resulted in 199 out of 210 men involved in an expedition losing their lives. This museum contains a variety of exhibits created based on the historical facts of the incident, providing visitors with a thorough overview of what happened. The museum is also famous for the beautiful Yoshino cherries which bloom on its grounds in spring.

    当時、日露関係が悪化しており、もしロシア艦隊に青森北部を抑えられたら? 弘前・青森・八戸の各軍が連携するために連絡方法の確認を行う訓練で、冬の八甲田山を通れるか否や?青森の歩兵第5連隊が壮大な実験を行いますが、無残な結果に終わります。 新田次郎の小説「八甲田山死の彷徨」のモデルとなった世界最大級の山岳遭難事故が起こり、命を軽んじる旧軍隊の体質と指揮官の資質が重要なことが認識された事件です。 その克...

  • 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.

  • Korekawa Jomon Kan, Korekawa Archaeological Institution
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    4.0
    40 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...

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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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