Other Sightseeing Spots in Aomori Area

  • Aomori Tourist Information Center, ASPAM
    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!

  • Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
    125 Reviews
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    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...

  • Seibi-en
    44 Reviews
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    Aomori Pref. Hirakawashi Saruka Ishibayashi 1
    The Seibi-en which was nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty in 1953, is a building blending both Japanese and western styles and was built to look out onto the gardens. The first floor is pure Japanese style and the second floor is designed in a western style. This building has a unique beauty that fuses with the Japanese gardens and shows traces of Japan’s Westernization movement during the Meiji period. The second floor is not currently open to the public. It is approximately a 10 minute walk from Tsugaru Onoe Station on the Konan Railway Konan Line.

    Curious house, being Japanese style on the ground floor and European on the second. The highlight for me though was the lovely, tranquil, formal garden with dry gravel, stones, greenery, water with...

  • Tatehana Ganpeki Morning Market
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    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Shinminato Kanono quay
    Early every Sunday morning, Japan’s largest morning market springs up on the quay along the usually unoccupied Tatehana Fishing Harbor. Stretching 800 meters along the harbor, the market has not only exceptionally fresh seafood and vegetables but also shops selling ready-made food, restaurants, and variety shops, a total of 300 shops in all. About 10,000 people shop there each week, and during the O-Bon period and in holiday periods, it is so crowded that one can hardly walk. At times, people costumed as Ikadon, the unofficial local mascot of Tatehana Ganpeki Morning Market, wander among the crowd, handing out name cards and candy.
  • Tsuru no Mai Bridge
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    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugaruguntsurutamachi Mawarizeki Osawa 81-150
    This is a 300 meter bridge over Lake Tsugarufujimi. The wooden triple-arch bridge is Japan’s longest such structure, and its gentle arches are a lovely sight. The area draws many sightseers to view the bridge lit in the setting sun, with the lake set against Mt. Iwaki in the background.
  • Choukandai Observatory
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    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugarugunnakadomarimachi Kodomari Winter part 5-1
    This observatory is located along the Tatsudomari Line in Kitakodoriyama, Nakadomari Town, Kitatsugaru County. Visitors can enjoy a 360-degree panorama of surrounding mountains such as Mt. Iwaki as well as Cape Tappi. On clear days, you can even see Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait. The observatory is equipped with a parking lot, toilets, and a gazebo, making it a great place to stop for a rest while on a drive.
  • Mt. Kamabuse Observatory
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    Aomori Mutsu-shi Ominato Kamafuseyama 1
    This observatory is located in Ochikagawa,Ominato, Mutsu City. Built on top of Mt. Kamabuse, which is the highest peak on the Shimokita Peninsula, at an altitude of 879m, one can view all the natural surroundings, mountains, Mutsu City, and even as far as Hokkaido on a clear day. Described as a swallowtail butterfly floating in the black of night, this is an ideal spot for viewing the nightscape of Mutsu City.
  • Kaidan Kokudo
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    Aomori Higashitsugaru-gun
    This is a trail comprised of stairs in Mimayatatsuhama, Sotogahama Town, HigashitsugaruCounty. This unusual spot connects the Tappi Fishing Port to the Tappizaki lighthouse with 362 stairs spanning 388.2 meter, and is designated National Route 339, yet no vehicles traverse this pathway. Nearby is the Tsugaru Strait Fuyugeshiki Folk Song Monument.
  • Railroad Arch Bridge Memorial Road
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    Aomori Shimokita-gun Kazamaura Mura Shimofuro
    This tourist attraction reuses the Oma railway, which was being constructed from Ohata to Oma but was discontinued due to various circumstances during World War II. There is a gazebo, looks like a station, where you can enjoy a footbath, which you can see from the arch bridge in the Shimofuro Onsen and the station. Taking strolls at night is perfect because it is lit up then.
  • Hirosaki City Naka-cho Traditional Samurai House Preservation Area
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    Aomori Hirosaki-shi Bakurocho Wakadocho
    Nakamachi, which today still has a unique scenery such as Sawara cypress hedges and fences, was the area where most samurai residences were located in the castle town of Hirosaki castle. It has a land area of about 10.6 hectares, and it has become important as a place that conveys the scenery of the samurai residences of the Edo period (1603-1868).
  • Towada City Kanchogai-dori Street/ Koma-Kaido
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    Aomori Towada-shi Inaoicho 15-3 Art Station Nai
    Towada City's Symbol Road is remarkably beautiful in the townscape that is neatly partitioned in an orderly grid pattern. 165 pine trees and 156 cherry trees form four rows of trees on a road with a length of 1.1 kilometers and a width of 36 meters. Also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms, in the winter you can enjoy illuminations. It was selected as one of 100 the Best Roads in Japan, and the second 100 Most Beautiful Japanese Historical Landscapes.
  • Hakkoda-Towada Gold Line
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    Aomori Aomori-shi Arakawa-Aomori Towada-shi Okuse
  • Top Mast
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    Aomori Higashitsugaru-gun Sotogahamamachi
    A 15-minute walk from JR Kanita Station. This landmark tower was erected in 1996. The glass-walled tower faces Kanranzan Park Beach and, after climbing 108 spiral steps, visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of Mutsu Bay from the tower's observation deck. On the first floor, visitors will wind a local specialty products corner where they can buy local products and specialties from the Tsugaru-Shimokita area; as well as an embarkation platform for a ferry crossing Mutsu Bay. A mini restaurant on the second floor serves Chinese cuisine, and here visitors can enjoy a relaxing meal along with a view of Mutsu Bay and the Shimokita Peninsula.
  • Tairadate Lighthouse
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    Aomori Higashitsugaru-gun Sotogahamamachi
    This rare white-washed lighthouse is located along National Route 280. This 23-meter lighthouse has dutifully watched over boats navigating the Tairadate Straits since 1899. There are many sights to see here, including Matsumae Highway, which the Daimyo of Matsumae-han traveled before the Edo period, and Tairadate Daiba ruins, which kept foreign ships from invading. There is also a beach area, auto camping area, road stations, and plenty of popular places to enjoy nature.
  • Harmonica Alley
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    Aomori Hachinohe-shi Iwaizumicho
    "Located an approximately 15-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Station, along one of the eight alleys that spread out from the center of Hachinohe, this place gets its name from the businesses lined up that resemble the reed of a harmonica. This old restaurant area has continued since late 1945, and the wooden arch with the name ""Harmonica Alley"" is a landmark in the area. Along the street, there are small restaurants, izakaya bars, and ethnic restaurants with a multinational mood and nostalgia from the 20th century that is popular with a wide clientele."
  • Shiriyasaki Lighthouse
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    Aomori Shimokita-gun Higashidorimura Shiriya Shiriyazaki 1-1
  • Ohanabeyama Observatory
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Shirabezan National Forest 68 Forest Team
    Located at an elevation of 1,011 meters, the Ohanabeyama Observatory is the highest observation deck in Lake Towada. The observatory overlooks the whole of Lake Towada and, if the weather conditions are right, the skylines of Mt. Iwate and Hachimantai City can also be seen from this vantage point.
  • Kanko-dai deck
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Unit bar national forest 64 Forest group
    This is an observation platform along the National Route offering a view of the Lake Towada banks. The 583 meter elevation offers a lovely, one-of-a-kind view of both the Mikura and Nakayama Peninsulas embracing Lake Towada.
  • Nakamachi Komise-dori Street
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    Kuroishi-shi Aomori
    Nakamachi Komise-dori Street is a shipping district on the east side of Konan Kuroishi Station, Konan Railway. This arcade, called a “komise,” is lined with wooden structures built to keep snow and direct sunlight off the shops. The area retains its Edo period atmosphere and Cultural Properties, and the rare Group of Traditional Buildings has made it one of Japan’s Top 100 City Streets. There are volunteer guides available to show visitors through Nakamachi Komise-dori Street. The Komise Festival held every September features Tsugaru Shamisen Performances and Tsugaru folksongs, as well as wind instrument music performances by local high school students.
  • Nagayokocho Rensagai
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    Aomori Hachinohe-shi Nagayokocho
    "A restaurant street which has existed since the early 1950s. Adjoining the Kuchiiccho Rensagai, the street forms a U-shape facing Nagayokocho. ""Rensagai"" literally means ""chain street,"" and it is said the name is derived from the fact that the numerous restaurants here stood side by side like a chain next to a movie theater which once stood here. From Japanese izakaya pubs to bars, so-called ""snack"" bars, yakiniku Japanese-style grill-it-yourself barbecue restaurants, and ramen shops, the street is filled with an abundant variety of long-standing establishments."

Aomori Areas


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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