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Tour F – Touring the Hachinohe Area with its Abundant Seafood

This trip takes visitors through the Hachinohe area, which is well known for its seafood. Since Hachinohe is a prosperous fishing port, you can eat cuisine that uses fresh, delicious seafood anywhere and at any time here. We were also able to put together a full itinerary that allows you to fully enjoy the Hachinohe area because the adjacent city of Towada has lots of interesting locations for travelers, who can also soothe the stress of their travels by staying at hot springs resorts.

Trip Details

Day One

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Hachinohe Station

Bus

Bus, approximately 10 minutes

Get off the bus

Hasshoku Center

Bus

Bus, approximately 10 minutes

DiningShopping

Hasshoku Center, the Largest Fish Market in Hachinohe

This large market features a full range of freshly caught seafood, dried seafood and other delicacies, gifts and souvenirs, as well as products Hachinohe is famous for. It is the largest market in Hachinohe, with roughly sixty shops lined up along a big street that is 170 meters in total length. For buying souvenirs or gifts in bulk, or if you are looking for the fresh ingredients that only Hachinohe can offer, this market is both convenient and fun.

Hasshoku Center
Hasshoku Center

Get off the bus

Hachinohe Station

Non-JR Lines

approximately 20 minutes on the Aoimori Railway

Misawa Station

Bus

Courtesy Bus (reservations required), approximately 5 minutes

Accommodations:
Komaki Hot Springs
Aomoriya

Hot springs

Komaki Hot Springs Aomoriya, Baths of Relaxation

Komaki Hot Springs takes pride in their open-air baths, which float on ponds. You can enjoy the changing views of the four seasons. The bath tub hangs out broadly over the wide pond, which gives the fresh sensation that you are actually floating on the pond's water as you sit in the bath. Let the hot springs that warm you, body and soul, take away the stress of your travels.

Click here for the official Komaki Hot Springs Aomoriya website (in Japanese only)

Komaki Hot Springs Aomoriya
Komaki Hot Springs Aomoriya

Day Two

Komaki Hot Springs
Aomoriya

Bus

Courtesy Bus (reservations required), approximately 5 minutes

Misawa Station

Non-JR Lines

Towada Kankou Dentetsu, approximately 30 minutes

Towada Station

On Foot

20 minutes on foot

Nature

Kanchogai-dori in Towada, Famous for its Rows of Cherry Trees

Rows of pine and cherry trees continue at a breadth of 36 meters for a total length of 1.1 kilometers, with roughly 160 cherry trees and 170 pine trees planted. In 1986 this received the designation of One of Japan's Top One Hundred Roads, and then in 1992 it was designated as one of the New One Hundred Views of Japan. When the cherry trees are in bloom and at Christmastime, the rows are all lit up, making them very pretty.

Note: The cherry blossoms bloom between late April and early May.

Kanchogai-dori in Towada
Kanchogai-dori in Towada

Dining

Towada bara-yaki

Towada bara-yaki, much loved by Towada locals, is a famous dish that has long been served here. It combines marinated beef rib meat with large amounts of onions on a grill pan and cooks them until the grilled aroma is enough to awaken anyone's appetite. Currently, there are more than sixty restaurants in Towada that offer bara-yaki.

Towada bara-yaki
Towada bara-yaki

Towada Art Center

Bus

approximately 50 minutes on the JR Bus Tohoku (Oirase)

History&Traditions

Towada Art Center, where You Can Experience New Art

With each single work of art having its own dedicated room to be displayed in, which is then connected to other rooms by glass corridors, the museum from the outside gives the appearance of being its own little town. Visitors to the museum wander about its streets as they visit the rooms, enabling them to view the works on display in a completely unique way here.

Click here for the JR Bus Tohoku website (in Japanese only)

Towada Art Center
Towada Art Center

Get off the bus

Hachinohe Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Click here for more on Aomori tourism information

Aptinet, the Aomori tourism information website

Tokyo Station

As of March 2014.

Key

Note:

  • The Mizuumi and Oirase buses require reservations. The Mizuumi runs between Aomori/Shin-Aomori and Lake Towada, while the Oirase runs between Hachinohe and Lake Towada.
  • Reservations must therefore be made in advance at such locations as JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) and Travel Service Centers (View Plazas). Buses may fill up and be unavailable to those without advance bookings. There is no cost to make a reservation. Individual seats cannot be reserved.

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