Apart from your image of Japan as a crowded country with people bumping into each other all the time,
Aomori is a significantly quiet place that may have more apples than people.
However, if you explore the place once, you will know that there are much more than stunning natural beauty here.
Plan your trip ahead as there are attractive tourists spots scattered across the prefecture,
and get to know the rich and distinctive history and customs of Aomori.
Please be aware that information listed here may change without notice.
Please check out information for each place before you make a trip!
Hotels during the Nebuta & Neputa festivals in Aomori are extremely busy.
It is strongly recommended that you book your hotel way in advance of time.
Looking for souvenirs? Go through a wide variety of Made-in-Aomori products here displayed in a green market style. If you are curious, you can taste their original Apple cider too. This stylish building is located right next to Warasse, so spare enough time to visit them both!
On the second floor of the building, there is a vending machine you can buy multiple kinds of Made-in Aomori ciders from. Try out different brands and find your favorite for souvenir.
“Hakkodamaru”, now displayed as museum-on-the water operated as a train ferry servicing between Aomori and Hakodate back in 1960’s through 1980’s until the construction of Seikan Railway was completed. This facility is one of the best-kept secrets in town showing the whole structure of the old ship and offering abundant information on Aomori history in Showa era (1926-1989).
The concept of the ship is “As many voyages, as many stories to tell”. In this nostalgic ship that was once the fundamental method of travel between Aomori and Hokkaido, think about what were the minds of travelers when crossing the vast ocean into the Northern land.
If you are not sure where to go in Aomori, go to ASPAM before anywhere else! Here, you can find Aomori souvenirs from all corners of the prefecture and also get to learn about each cities and towns. On top of that, if you arrive at the right time, you will get to enjoy a live performance of Tsugaru-shamisen too.
A large A-shaped (triangle) building at the heart of the city. Go up to the observatory, and you can see the astonishing view of the whole city and the ocean ahead. Though kept as a secret, also an excellent spot for a magnificent night view.
One of the largest archeological sites (about 5,500-4,000 years ago) of collective dwelling areas from Japan’s Jomon period (about 15,000-2,300 years ago). Further researches have been conducted to find out more about the natural environments and living conditions in the ancient time.
n the “hand-craft studio” in the facility, you get experiment various hands-on activities including amber pendant making, Magatama (Jomon jewelry) making and miniature Dogu (an earthen figure) making that are offered every day. Why not try to make one to take home as a souvenir?
A birth-house of Dazai Osamu (1908-1948), often referred as “Dazai” in Japan. This building, which continues to attract the author’s fans from across the country, used to be used as a ryokan-inn. On the display, you will find large collections of drafts with Dazai’s actual handwriting and things that Dazai loved to use. Even if you are not too familiar with the author, the magnificent house itself is a must-visit spot in the area.
Japanese people who visit the place love to take pictures putting on a long coat that Dazai used to wear. Would you like to try it yourself and pose for a camera?
Gosyogawata Tachi Neputa lantern floats are as tall as 5 stories high (22m!) and this is where you get to see those gigantic pieces of arts. If you want to explore the museum like locals, go up to the top floor in an elevator first, and then come down to the ground floor viewing the floats up close.
In “Kawarahiwa”, the hands-on activity area in the museum, you can try out making crafts such as “Kingyo Neputa” and “Mini Tsugaru Kite”. Under instructions by professionals, why not make some lovely gifts that you can take home?