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Travel / Tourism Spots in Tsugaru Area

  • Tappizaki Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Higashitsugarugunsotogahamamachi Minmayatatsuhama
    Tappizaki Cape is located in the extreme north of the Tsugaru Peninsula—it is a cape which juts out into the Tsugaru Strait. “Tappizaki Lighthouse” located on this cape was also selected as one of the 50 Best Lighthouses in Japan. An esplanade is maintained in the environs of the cape, and when the climate is good, you can command a view of Tsugaru Strait and also of Matsumae Peninsula in Hokkaido. There are monuments such as the “literary monument of Osamu Dazai” which has a sentence from “Tsugaru” by Osamu Dazai carved on it, and there is also the song monument of “Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki” (Waterscape of the Tsugaru Straits) sang by Sayuri Ishikawa.
  • Engaku-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Fukaura Hamamachi 275
    A temple of the Shingon sect’s Daigo school of Buddhism, this was built in 807 as a temple dedicated to Kannon by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, the first Seii Taishogun (literally “great general” who subdues the barbarians). The temple enshrines a statue of the Eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu which is said to be the work of Shotoku Taishi. People believed Maguchi Kannon watched over the entrance to port, and one time when sailors were caught in a storm they chopped off their topknot and offered prayers, and reportedly spotted a light coming from an old cryptomeria on the grounds which saved them. Sights not to be missed include those topknots tablets that were offered and boat-shaped ema (votive pictures), the Engakuji Yakushido-naizushi, a miniature shrine with double doors which is an important cultural property, and temple treasures including the image of Shaka Nyorai in Nirvana embroidered with the hair of 84,000 people and Sanjusan Kannon-zo.
  • Juniko Lakes
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Matsukami National forest
    "This is the name given for the 33 lakes and swamps on the undulating plateau of Fukaura Town. A landslide caused by an earthquake in 1704 is said to have created the lakes from part of a stream becoming filled. The small lakes are hidden by the forest when seen from Okuzure located in the middle of Mt. Kuzure, and the name ""Juniko"" (12 lakes) comes from the fact that only 12 large ones can be seen. Lake Aoike, with its distinctive pure blue water that looks as if ink was spilled, is often given as a lake representing them all. The colors that change according to the season and time is the main attraction. In addition, you can also enjoy strolls while observing animals and plants that inhabit the surrounding forest."
  • Ashino Chishogun Prefectural Natural Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Ashino 84-170
    "Located within easy walking distance of Ashino-Koen Station on the Tsugaru Railway Line, Ashino Chishogun Prefectural NaturalPark is a natural park covering an area of around 612 hectares, adjacent to Osawanai-tameike Pond in Nakadomari Town and Fujieda-tameike Pond (Lake Ashino) in Goshogawara City. Both Ponds are man-made, but they have been managed to support rich communities of riparian and aquatic plant life. The park is also one of the best places on the Tsugaru Peninsula to view cherry blossom, and has been included in the list of ""Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots."" There are around 2,300 cherry trees in the park, including the Yoshino variety, etc.; the ""Kanagi Cherry Blossom Festival"" is held every year in late April. The park is also famous for its association with the author Dazai Osamu, who often visited here when he was a boy."
  • Shayokan, Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall
    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.


  • Stove Train
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Omachi 39
    The Stove Train is a Tsugaru Railway train that runs from Tsugaru-Goshogawara Station to Tsugaru-Nakasato Station. It is equipped with coal-burning stoves in the carriages so passengers can keep warm while looking out at the passing picturesque winter scenery. Three round trips run every day from December through to the end of March (two round trips on weekdays in December only). The train has been running since the railway company first operated in 1930 and the current carriages are the fourth such carriages in operation.
  • Senjojiki Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Kitakanegasawa Sakakibara
    Senjojiki is a coast just outside of Senjojiki Station on the JR Gono line. The bulging rocks appeared in the 1792 earthquake, The name of “senjojiki” is originated from a banquet held by a lord of the Tsugaru Domain who carpeted thousand tatami mats on the rocks. The area is filled with unusual rock formations with evocative names such as Buddha Rock or Helmet Rock. The scenery has led to the area being named one of Japan’s top 55 beaches and top 100 sunsets, and the beaches and campground get crowded with tourists in season.
  • General Information Rest Place Kuromori-Kan
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunajigasawamachi Fukayamachi Yakurayama 1-26
    An information office located at the entrance to the Shirakami Forest Walking Trail in Yagurayama Fukayamachi, Ajigasawa Town. As well as being the start point for the mountain paths and guided walks Kuromori-Kan also has photo displays on wild birds and plants in the area. It’s a convenient place to take a rest however meals are not provided here.
  • Shirakami Promenade
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunajigasawamachi Fukayamachi Yakurayama 1-26
    This is a hiking trail close to the Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage site, and offers of vegetation and beech forests similar to the heritage. There are two well-maintained hiking courses, the 2.2 kilometer outside course and 1.1 kilometer inside course. There are stations where you can try listening to the beech trees with stethoscopes, and other sights and activities along the trails. The trails are closed from late October to early April due to snow.
  • Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
    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...

  • Unshoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 433
    Unshoji Temple, built in 1596, is famous as a temple connected to Osamu Dazai. The fact that he was brought to Unshoji Temple as a child by his baby-sitter is depicted in his works, and after that he also visited when he evacuated to his family home to escape the air raids. The Osamu Dazai Historical Monument was also built in 2008. It is a seven minute walk from Kanagi Station on the Tsugaru Railway Line.
  • Dazai Osamu Evacuation House (Old Tsushima Residence)
    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.


  • 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.
  • JR Kizukuri Station Building
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Tsugarushi Kidukuri Kamisuke
    The front facade of this memorable station building is decorated with a giant Dogu figure affectionately known locally as Shako-chan. Dogu are ancient clay figurines unearthed at the Kamegaoka Stone Age Site in the area; the Shako Dogu variety are humanoid in shape and notable for their distinctive goggle eyes. Visitors to the station can catch sight of Shako-chan themed decorations everywhere throughout the wood building-lined streets in the area.
  • Seikan Tunnel Museum
    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...

  • Madeny
    4 Reviews
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Kanagichou Asahiyama 195-2
    A restaurant and souvenir shop which provides sightseeing information on the Kanagi Town area, sells local specialty products, and serves regional cuisine. Kanagi Town is also the hometown of renowned author Osamu Dazai, and events relating to the writer are also held here. In the Hana restaurant inside the specialty products hall, you can enjoy a rice bowl, a favorite of Dazai's.

    太宰治記念館「斜陽館」の向かい側にあります。土産物、海鮮もの中心のレストランなどがあります。 リンゴを使ったお菓子ももちろん置いてありまして、私が嬉しく思ったのは個包装のお菓子を一個単位で買えるということ。もちろん、そんなに種類は多くありませんが....。 誰かへのお土産を選びたくても、近頃は試食できない店が多いので、一個ずつ買えると、自分で美味しい!と思えるものを選べるのでありがたいです。

  • Roadside Station Jusankokogen Tosam Green Park
    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...

  • Takayama Inari-jinja Shrine
    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...

  • Tsugaru-jamisen Hall
    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.


  • Lake Jusanko
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Goshogawarashi Jusan Tsukoudou
    Seven kilometers long north to south, five east to west, and 31.4 kilometers in circumference, this is one of the largest lakes in the prefecture. Jusanko means thirteen lake, and it is believed the lake got its name due to the Iwaki River, Yamada River, Miyanosawa River, and 10 other rivers which flow into it. Located on the west coast of the Tsugaru Peninsula, the lake's waters are brackish-a mixture of fresh and salt water-and, together with Lake Shinji and Lake Ogawara, this lake is known as one of the top areas in the country for producing basket clams. Rare wild birds such as Steller's sea eagles, a designated Natural Monument; and marsh grassbirds, known as the phantom bird, live or make stops here, and the lake is also renowned as a paradise for birdwatchers.

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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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