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Aomori city is the northernmost harbor of Japan's main island Honshu. It's an important transportation hub and the home of the famous Nebuta summer festival which attracts thousands of visitors every August. See the highlights of Aomori in this tour!
- See places related to Aomori's pride, the Nebuta festival
- Explore a giant museum ship at Aomori port
- Visit an important archaeological site and a unique art museum
- Make your own seafood bowl of rice at the local fish market!
Aomori city, the capital of Aomori prefecture, is a pleasant harbor city located at the northernmost bay of Japan's main island Honshu. It used to be the main transportation hub to Hokkaido before the undersea tunnel was opened. Aomori still preserves a charming seaside town atmosphere. This otherwise quiet place becomes extremely popular in the beginning of August when thousands of people from all over Japan and abroad arrive to watch the famous Nebuta festival. Giant paper-made floats parade the streets accompanied by dancers and musicians. The evenings in Aomori are not too hot even in the summer which makes this festival a top destination in August. Regardless of when you plan to visit Aomori, there are plenty of things you can see and do.
In this guided tour you will visit the following places of interest:
- Sannai Maruyama Iseki, a large archaeological site with well-preserved buildings and structures from the Jomon period (the first historical period of Japan, which ended around year 300 BC). Here you can also see many exhibited items from the daily lives of the Jomon era people. You can try hands-on experiences and eat their typical food.
- The Prefectural Art Museum, a unique museum in which the exhibits are placed in giant underground trenches resembling excavation sites. The most famous piece of art is the giant dog statue, which is one of the symbols of Aomori city.
- Nebuta Warasse, a spectacular museum about the Nebuta festival, where you can some of the actually used giant floats and learn more about the traditions of the event.
- Hakkodamaru museum ship, a former ferry which is now open to visitors to explore. You'll get to enter rare to see places such as the engine room and the vehicle decks which accommodates whole train cars!
- Furukawa Fish Market, a local fish market known for the service called "nokkedon", where you can buy a set of tickets and exchange them for various seafood items in order to make a seafood bowl of rice according to your own taste and choice.
You will find Aomori city a truly exciting place which has both a countryside spirit and unique facilities.
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