Aomori 青森

Aomori

Aomori prefecture is located at the northmost tip of the main island Honshu, and is connected to Hokkaido by the Seikan Tunnel underwater railway. Aomori City is the prefectural capital with a population of close to 290 thousand people. The climate is relatively cool for the most part with an average temperature of 10 °C (50 °F). Aomori is notably also the largest apple-producing prefecture in Japan.

Things to see in Aomori

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Aomori.

  1. Nebuta Matsuri

    Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori

    Nebuta and Neputa is a local summer festival held in towns all around Aomori prefecture. With the largest festival being the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori City, held every year from August 2-7. The highlight of the festival is the parade of enormous lantern floats. Built by local teams with painted washi paper. The floats are also followed by taiko drummers, dancers and musicians. The Nebuta Matsuri is one of the Tohoku Sandai Matsuri, "Three Great Festivals of the Tohoku Region".

    Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori

    How to get there

    The parade route loops three kilometer around the Aomori City central. Located a small 5 minute walk from the JR Aomori Station.

  2. Sannai Maruyama Archaeological Site

    Sannai Maruyama archaeological site in Aomori

    Sannai Maruyama Archaeological Site is the home to the largest and best preserved example of a Jomon Period (13000-300 BC) village yet to be found in Japan. The Sannai Maruyama Village originally included over 700 structures including long houses, storage structures, roads, and trash and burial pits. After the excavation ended, the village was reburied with a number of reconstructed houses and buildings were built on top. Visitors are free to enter the reconstructions and take a look at the original excavation sites.

    Sannai Maruyama archaeological site in Aomori

    How to get there

    Sannai Maruyama Jomon Archaeological Site is close to the Sannai-Maruyama-Iseki-mae bus stop, a twenty minute ride from Aomori Station.