Aomori, Japan

The capital of the Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, Aomori derives much of its beauty from the apple orchards and cherry blossoms that encompass its landscape and the snow-covered Hakkoda Mountains that look on from a distance. Throughout its history, the city has been stricken with misfortune time and time again - in 1910, a fire destroyed Aomori, and during World War II, the city was left in ruins following an air raid - yet it always prevails.

Aomori is perhaps best known for its renowned Nebuta Festival, an elaborate yearly event in which participants illuminate giant paper representations of samurai warriors, animals, and popular cartoon characters while parading them through the streets.

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Points of Interest

  • Hirosaki Castle
  • Seiryuu-ji Temple (Grand Buddha)
  • Tsugaru-han Neputa-mura (Tsugaru Province Neputa Village)
  • Tachineputa no Yakata
  • Tsugaru Kanayama Kiln
  • Hakkoda Mountains
  • Seibi-en (Japanese Garden)
  • Lake Towada

More about Aomori, Japan Points of Interest

  • Hirosaki Castle

    Sitting atop a stone wall, this 17th-century feudal castle features a tower with three elegant roofs, a moat and five gates, and is framed by over 2,500 enchanting cherry trees that blossom every spring.

  • Seiryuu-ji Temple (Grand Buddha)

    The 'Blue-Green Dragon Temple', Seiryuu-ji was built in 1982, and features Japan's tallest sitting bronze Buddha, which is beautifully illuminated during the yearly Festival of Ten Thousand Lights.

  • Tsugaru-han Neputa-mura (Tsugaru Province Neputa Village)

    Admire the extravagant Nebuta Festival parade floats and drums at this hands-on village, which boasts a charming Japanese garden, a crafts workshop and performances of traditional music.

  • Tachineputa no Yakata

    At 'The Hall of Standing Neputa,' you'll have the chance to view three of the renowned Nebuta floats on display. Each stands about 22 meters tall and weighs around 17 tons.

  • Tsugaru Kanayama Kiln

    Aomori is known for its copper-colored pottery, and here you'll find kilns, galleries and a variety of creations on display. A café and gardens also occupy the site.

  • Hakkoda Mountains

    This beautiful mountain range is made up of stratovolcanoes and lava domes. The scenery is a major draw for hikers, though skiers enjoy the heavy snowfall on the rolling slopes in winter.

  • Seibi-en (Japanese Garden)

    An impressive garden with bridges, waterfalls and ponds, this century-old site also includes a gold-leafed mausoleum dedicated to the Seito family, who commissioned the spectacular garden.

  • Lake Towada

    Tucked inside Towada-Hachimantai National Park, this spectacular massive crater lake is a wonderland of nature surrounded by undulating hills of ancient forest, and water so translucent you can see 32 feet below the surface.

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日本語ガイド付き:ねぶたの家ワ・ラッセと三内丸山遺跡観光

3.25 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 0 9

Behold the sights of Aomori's honored past with a visit to two celebrated sites. Begin with a walk back in time in the 4,000-year-old footsteps of the area's earliest settlers at Sannai-Maruyama ruins, then travel to Nebuta Warasse Museum, which captures the history and excitement of the city's annual festival.

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日本語ガイド付き:津軽金山焼と立倭武多の館

4.75 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 3 4
  • Tachineputa no Yakata
  • Tsugaru Kanayama Kiln

Local experts enrich your exploration of Goshogawara, a region famed for its art and culture. Begin with a visit to the Tsugaru Kanayama to learn the history of its centuries-old pottery traditions. Next, marvel at the spectacular standing floats that are used in one of Japan's most celebrated festivals

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日本語ガイド付き:弘前公園と津軽藩ねぷた村

5.5 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 1 4
  • Hirosaki Castle
  • Tsugaru-han Neputa-mura (Tsugaru Province Neputa Village)

Two of Hirosaki's most beloved attractions dazzle with their sublime mix of history and colorful culture. Visit 400-year-old Hirosaki Castle Park, home of the famous cherry blossom festival and one of the city's most famous landmarks, then learn about the festival floats used during Hirosaki's famous festival, the Neputa Matsuri.

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Local Connections: Tsugaru Kanayama Kiln and Tachineputa no Yakata Floats with Director Tadashi Kikuchi

4.75 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 3 0
  • Tachineputa no Yakata
  • Tsugaru Kanayama Kiln

Local experts enrich your exploration of Goshogawara, a region famed for its art and culture. Begin with a visit to the Tsugaru Kanayama to learn the history of its centuries-old pottery traditions. Next, marvel at the spectacular standing floats that are used in one of Japan's most celebrated festivals

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Highlights of Aomori

3.25 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 0 0
  • Seiryuu-ji Temple (Grand Buddha)

Short and sweet. Behold some of the iconic sights of Aomori's honored past with a visit to two celebrated attractions. First, visit Seiryu-ji, a temple that houses Japan's largest seated image of Buddha, then travel to the Nebuta Warasse Museum, which captures the history and excitement of the city's annual festival.

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Hirosaki Castle Park & Neputa Festival Exhibition Hall

5.5 hours | Aomori | A O J - 2 1 0
  • Hirosaki Castle
  • Tsugaru-han Neputa-mura (Tsugaru Province Neputa Village)

Two of Hirosaki's most beloved attractions dazzle with their sublime mix of history and colorful culture. Visit 400-year-old Hirosaki Castle Park, home of the famous cherry blossom festival and one of the city's most famous landmarks, then learn about the festival floats used during Hirosaki's famous festival, the Nebuta Matsuri.

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