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  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
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    4.5
    231 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Shayokan, Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    風も強く雪も舞い上がるような寒い日に訪問しました。3時過ぎの訪問です。他に参観する人もいなくて、係の方の説明をじっくり聞くことができました。

  • Tsugaru Railway
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    4.5
    108 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.

  • Seikan Tunnel Museum
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Shokuji-dokoro KAIKYO
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Higashitsugaru-gun
    A 30-minute drive from Okutsugaru-Imabetsu Station. This Japanese seafood restaurant is located inside Hotel Tappi. Offering warm and inviting Japanese-style dining rooms and casual table seating, the restaurant is suitable for small groups and also offers a hall perfect for banquets. Customers can choose their seating based on the nature of their dining engagement and enjoy the fresh-caught delicacies of the sea off of Tsugaru to their heart's content. All the fish caught in the Tsugaru Strait is considered first class, with fat, firm meat. Particularly recommended is the hearty seafood rice bowl piled high with fresh seafood delights. The restaurant also offers an abundance of other a la carte dishes, such as sashimi and piping hot tobanyaki seafood roasted on a ceramic plate.

    Our first experience of Japan- it was a baptism of fire! Sleeping on tatami mats, bento boxes of sushi and sashimi for breakfast as well as dinner, a lot of green tea and almost no coffee! The staff...

  • Tsugaru-jamisen Hall
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    時間が合えば、津軽三味線の生演奏を聞くことができ、一人ではなく、ペアの演奏を聞くことができる。三味線の音の力強さに驚くが、目を閉じると不思議と雪景色が浮かぶ。

  • Awone Shirakami Juniko
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Matsukami Shimohamamatsu 14
    A hotel and nature activity resort located at the foot of the mountainous Shirakami-Sanchi and lake-filled Juniko areas. The facility is a convenient base for trekking Shirakami-Sanchi and touring Juniko. The facility has authentic Finland-style log cottages made with Scandinavian red pine as well as simple and modern Japanese-style rooms; both varieties are comfortable and relaxing. There's also a hot spring bath facility available for use from the end of April to the start of November and this can also be used by non-guests during this period from 15:00.

    On my first night during the trip in Tohoku, I stayed in Awone Shirakami Jyuniko. I learnt about this hotel when I was reading a travel blog. I was attracted to it at first sight. There were about 20...

  • Takayama Inari-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kyororo
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Matsukami Matsunami mountain 1-56
    A souvenir shop located a 10 minute walk from Ao-ike Pond which sells local specialty products. The establishment also has a light meal corner, paid parking, and a scheduled bus stop. Serving as a base for tourism in the Juniko area, the establishment also has coin lockers, offers free wheelchair rentals, and accepts packages for express delivery.

    駐車場に車を止めて階段で下ると駐車代金を払います。(500円)向かいにキョロロはあります。色々なお土産があり おトイレもありますから ここから出発です。

  • Roadside Station Jusankokogen Tosam Green Park
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Aiuchi Mitori 287-1058
    Lake Jusanko has been designated a National Historic Site and is also said to produce the most delicious Japanese basket clams in the country. This roadside station, located on the grounds of a highland farm on the shore of the lake, is a scenic and soothing space; the station's terrace has a sweeping view of Lake Jusanko and a park on the station's grounds called Mobayashi Park is outfitted with a forest walking path. You can also buy souvenirs and farm-fresh products here as well.

    This Michi No Eki is unusual for the observatory tower on the grounds. You can climb up to the top and have a magnificent view of the surrounding farmland and area, which looks similar to Hokkaido...

  • "Tappi Cape Tourist Information Center ""Tappikan"""
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Higashitsugarugunsotogahamamachi Minmayatatsuhama 59-12
    A tourist information center operating out of the remodeled former Okutani Ryokan, in situated on the northern tip of the Tsugaru Peninsula which once accommodated literary master Osamu Dazai, world-renowned woodblock print artist Shiko Munakata, and numerous other prominent figures. Kept largely in the state it appeared during its heyday, the facility includes displays of priceless historical materials such as artwork by renowned personages from Aomori Prefecture.

    太宰治が著名な文学人と滞在した宿を保存した歴史館と資料館を兼ねる観光案内所。当時、彼らが使用した部屋や配膳の様子がそのまま展示されている。2階部分は立ち入り禁止で上がることはできないが玄関のたたきに錦石を散りばめているなど地方色も見られる。 私は真冬のストリートビュー撮影も兼ねて頻繁に龍飛を訪れた時期もあり、何度かここにお邪魔して、撮ったストリートビューをWi-Fiからアップロードさせてもらっ...

  • Dazai Osamu Evacuation House (Old Tsushima Residence)
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 317-9
    The house that Osamu Dazai evacuated to was built in 1922, and was originally a building on the grounds of his family home, and was opened as a private museum in 2007. As he wrote 23 of his works here visitors can almost feel his presence. It is a three minute walk from “Kanagi Station” on the Tsugaru Railway Line.

    斜陽館を見た後、戦争中疎開して故郷に帰ってきたときに住んでいたようで、ここでも作品を作っています。中に入ってゆっくり見たかったが残念でした。

  • Aomori Spring Ski Resort
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akegawa-machi Plateau, Akemizawa Town, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture
    A ski resort where you can enjoy fluffy powder snow. The resort has a variety of courses and is renowned for the long, vertical skiing you can enjoy here. In the Kids Snow Land area, children can enjoy a bouncy house, inner tube snow slide, and an abundance of other fun activities.

    First time skiing at Northeast part of Japan. Normally we go Niseko in Hokkaido or Nagano area, so going to Northeast region is a brand new experience for us. We took domestic flight from Tokyo to...

  • Mutsumiya Ichiba Naka Shokudo
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Omachi 504-13
    A restaurant in the Mutsumiya Ichiba market known for the Yattemare-don, a seafood rice bowl which lets you choose your toppings from among fresh seafood prepared by the shops in the market. Each shop offers an array of recommended seafood stocked fresh that day, and you'll struggle to choose. The restaurant also offers ramen and other dishes.

    We visited the float museum (Tachineputa No Yakata) and enjoyed it immensely. Fortunately, our guide suggested we stop at the fish market next to the entrance to the museum prior to getting back on...

  • Aoike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Matsukami Mountain National Forest
    One of the 12 lakes in the Shirakami-Sanchi area; ao means blue in Japanese, and as its name implies, the waters of this beautiful pond are a clear cobalt blue. Struck by rays of sunlight filtering through the surrounding trees, the sparkling blue surface of the pond is magical to behold. There is also a walking path, making it easy to visit the pond.
  • Top Mast
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    蟹田港のシンボル的な建物です。一階はお土産屋やフェリーきっぷうりば、2階は中華レストラン。網の隙間から下が見える階段を上っていきます。下から見るとそれほど高くは見えないのですが、一番上まで上がるとちょっと足がすくみました。高所恐怖症にひとはダメかも??

  • Roadside Station Kodomari
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugarugunnakadomarimachi Kodomari Inside of the waist 45
    Closed in winter, this roadside station has a restaurant called Tatsudomari which serves dishes made with seafood from the waters off of Nakadomari Town's Kodomari neighborhood, a farm-fresh shop selling local marine products, and a touch tank where visitors can touch live sea creatures. The station's Kaikyo Dog, only available for a limited time and made with deep-fried spear squid and marinated cabbage and onions, is particularly popular. The station is open from mid-April to early November.

    食事処を探して道の駅こどまりを訪問。レストラン竜泊があり、メニューを見ると中泊町全体でメバルを推しているとのことで、メバル膳がお勧めのようでした。メバルの刺身、煮付け、お吸い物いずれも美味しい。あちこちレストランを探すくらいなら、ここでメバル膳が良いと思います。

  • Akaiyane no Kissaten Ekisha
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Ashino 84-171
    The Akaiyane no Kissaten (red roofed café) Ekisha was designated as a Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 2014 and is a coffee shop utilizing the old Ashino Park station building of the Tsugaru Railway. In the coffee shop there is a gallery space available for loan and guests are always entertained with the works of various artists. In addition, Tsugaru railway tickets are on sale inside the shop and can be bought as a commemoration. Ashino Koen Station, Tsugaru Railway.

    馬肉カレーはオーダーしました。自分には辛いのが 苦手なので完食は出来ませんでしたが風味はよいと 思いました。 金木町や太宰治関連のパンフレットも置いてありました。 特に桜の季節に行かれることをおすすめします。

  • Tsugaru Kanayamayaki
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Shopping
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kaneyama Chiyoduru 5-79
    A pottery studio in Chiyozuru, Kanayama, Goshogawara City. Here they make Tsugaru Kanayamayaki pottery made from high quality clay, which accumulates in Kanayama's Otame Pond and is fired without glazing. Pottery works are displayed and sold in the gallery. In the attached restaurant pizza cooked in a wood kiln is served on Kanayamayaki crockery and pizza-making classes are held.

    This is a very good tour of the kilns as they were used 100s of years ago. The old firing area is very interesting and has a lot to see. The briefing is better than most we have had on this trip...

  • Shijimitei Naraya
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Kitatsugarugunnakadomarimachi Imaizumi Karasaki 255
    This restaurant located on Kodomari-dori Street in Karasaki, Imaizumi, Nakadomari Town, Kitatsugaru County specializes in cuisine made with shijimi clams from Lake Jusan. They feature in dishes like kamameshi rice pots, ramen, and spaghetti. The restaurant also has grilled onigiri rice balls prepared with shijimi miso. Their popular Shijimi Zanmai set includes shijimi kamameshi, chowder, and other items made with the clams.

    十三湖にたたずむ飲食店です。 しじみ料理の専門店で獲れたてのしじみを使ってるそうです。 しじみの釜飯をはじめていただきました。 美味しかったてす。わざわざ行った甲斐がありました。

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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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