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Tour D – Aomori City Sightseeing Tour

This trip lets you slowly take in Aomori City, with excursions to its suburbs included as well. This itinerary allows you to fully experience Aomori over the course of two days, from the wide variety of interesting sights all located close to Aomori Station, to those farther out, including one of the most important historical sites in Japan, the Jomon historical site at Sannai-Maruyama, and the Aoyama Museum of Art, where there is an exhibit of the works of Yoshitomo Nara, a Japanese artist who painted abroad as well.

Trip Details

Day One

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Shin-Aomori Station

Trunk Lines

approximately 10 minutes on the Ou Main Line

The Newly Renovated Shin-Aomori Station

Shin-Aomori Station, which was just renovated in December 2010, is the Shinkansen gateway to Aomori City. As the final stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, it is currently the northernmost Shinkansen station in Japan (as of April 2011).

Shin-Aomori Station
Shin-Aomori Station

Aomori Station

Non-JR Lines

approximately 25 minutes on the Aoimori Railway

Asamushi Hot Springs
(day trip hot
springs experience)

Non-JR Lines

approximately 25 minutes on the Aoimori Railway

Hot springs

Asamushi Hot Springs has been a Favorite of the People of Aomori since the Olden Days

Aomori's Asamushi Hot Springs have been known throughout Japan since ages long past as a famous hot springs location. You can sense the different appeal these hot springs have as the seasons change. The Asamushi Hot Springs resort allows you to enjoy swimming in the ocean, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, walking through the woods, and hot springs treatments. Also try the delicious seafood dishes and mountain and sea delicacies in this hot springs town.

Asamushi Hot Springs
Asamushi Hot Springs

Aomori Station

On Foot

Walking Around Aomori City

Dining

It is a unique experience to be able to make your own nokke-don in Furukawa Market!

Nokke-don is when you buy a bowl full of rice and then visit the stalls at the market, purchasing various food items to place atop your rice and, in so doing, creating your own unique rice bowl dish. Since you are able to buy only the foods you like in the quantities you like, it can be great fun when you are on your own, with friends, with a loved one, or with your whole family.

Getting there:
Five minutes on foot from Aomori Station

Nokke-don
Nokke-don

ShoppingDining

Aspam, the Aomori Prefectural Tourism and Trade Building, Aomori City's Landmark Tower

This is Aomori City's landmark tower, with a triangular exterior designed to look like the ‘A’ in Aomori. Having an observation deck, restaurant, and multi-purpose facilities, the building is host to various events such as Tsugaru shamisen concerts.

Getting there:
Eight minutes on foot from Aomori Station

Aspam
Aspam

History&Traditions

Wa Rasse, Nebuta House, Where You Can See Nebuta Year-Round

Wa Rasse, Nebuta House, which just opened in January of 2011, introduces the history and charm of the Nebuta Festival, celebrated in Aomori since ages past, and lets you experience everything about nebuta all year long.

Getting there:
One minute on foot from Aomori Station

Wa Rasse, Nebuta House
Wa Rasse, Nebuta House

ShoppingDining

A-Factory, Where You'll Find All Aomori Prefecture's Delicious Foods in One Place

This facility includes a souvenir market where you'll find all the delicious foods produced throughout Aomori Prefecture, a hard cider brewery, and a restaurant that serves food made with ingredients produced within the prefecture. Within the facility there is a brewery that produces hard cider made from apples produced in Aomori, and you can watch the production from behind walls of glass.

Getting there:
One minute on foot from Aomori Station

A-Factory
A-Factory

Accommodations:
within Aomori City

Day Two

within Aomori City

Bus

Local bus, approximately 25 minutes

Get off the bus

Aomori Museum of Art

Foot or Bus

Shuttle Bus or On foot

The Aomori Museum of Art, a Modern and Futuristic Museum of Art

The works of many artists are on display here, including those of Aomori natives, pop artist Yoshitomo Nara and woodblock print artist Shiko Munakata. Located next to the Sannai-Maruyama Site, with two basement levels and two above-ground levels, it is designed to appear as a great white convex and concave structure around a mound of earth that surrounds the historical dig site, so that it appears to be of one piece with the Sannai-Maruyama Site, offering viewers an impression of a strange space.

Getting there:
Those wishing to return to Shin-Aomori Station from the Aomori Museum of Art and Sannai-Maruyama Site will find the Nebutan bus to be convenient.

Click here for the Nebutan bus timetable (in Japanese only) [PDF/335KB]

Click here for the official Aomori Museum of Art website

Aomori Museum of Art
Aomori Museum of Art

Get off the bus

Sannai-Maruyama Site

Bus

Local bus, approximately 25 minutes

History&Traditions

The Sannai-Maruyama Site, One of the Largest Historical Sites in Japan

The Sannai-Maruyama Site is of special historical significance and is one of the largest sets of ruins of a Jomon village in Japan.. People lived continuously in this area for a long time, from approximately 5,500 to 4,000 years ago (part of the Jomon Period). Surveys of the site have unearthed multiple artifacts, and the site was declared a Special Historical National Site in November 2000. The site is open to the public year-round, and you are free to visit it as you like.

Getting there:
Those wishing to return to Shin-Aomori Station from the Aomori Museum of Art and Sannai-Maruyama Site will find the Nebutan bus to be convenient.

Click here for the Nebutan bus timetable (in Japanese only) [PDF/335KB]

Sannai-Maruyama Site
Sannai-Maruyama Site

Get off the bus

Aomori Station

Trunk Lines

approximately 10 minutes on the Ou Main Line

Shin-Aomori Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

ShoppingDining

Aomori Shunmi-kan, Where You'll Find a Large Selection of the Special Products of Aomori Prefecture

Fresh agricultural products, represented by Aomori's apples, seasonal fruits and delicious Japanese sakes are all available here.

Getting there:
Within the Shin-Aomori Station building

Aomori Shunmi-kan
Aomori Shunmi-kan

Click here for more on Aomori tourism information

Aptinet, the Aomori tourism information website

Tokyo Station

As of May 2011

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