Aomori (青森), the capital of Aomori prefecture, Japan, is located on Mutsu Bay, at the northern tip of Honshu. …WikiTravel
Nebuta Festival (ねぷた祭り). Aug 2-7. Said to be Japan’s biggest fire festival. This festival includes an abundance of street vendors. Each day culminates in a huge parade featuring lit up lantern floats and costumed dancers.
Nebutanosato (ねぶたの里), . This museum houses exhibits about the Nebuta if you’re unable to make it during festival season. 12/01 to 03/31: ¥420; 04/01 to 11/30: ¥560.
Aomori Bay Bridge. A symbol of Aomori city that incorporates many “A” shapes into its design. It is lit up at night with colorful lights. There is a stairwell accessible from the waterfront area that provides nice free views of the bay.
Aspam Center. A large triangular building that can be easily spotted from the train station or the bridge, this is the tourism center for all of Aomori prefecture. It includes a movie about the prefecture (Japanese only) and an observation deck with views of the harbor and city (extra charge).
Aomori Prefectural Museum. Houses exhibits about the history of Aomori prefecture.
Asamushi Aquarium. A nice aquarium that features a dolphin show and a transparent underwater tunnel.
Asamushi Onsen. A hot springs resort on Mutsu bay with a rather large number of inns.
Sannai Maruyama. A historical site dedicated to the Jomon people, as many Jomon artifacts have been uncovered here.
Hakkoda-maru Ferry. The ferry which connected Hokkaido and Aomori prior to the building of the Seikan Submarine Tunnel, is now a somewhat run down museum, a short walk from the train station. The rear part of the deck of the ferry serves as a beer garden on summer nights.
Aomori Museum of Art, 185 Chikano, Yasuta, Aomori City, Aomori Pref. 038-0021 (From the JR Aomori train station 10-15 minutes by car or taxi, 20-30 minutes by bus), ☎ 017-783-3000, . 6/1 – 9/30 9:00 – 18:00 10/1 – 5/31 9:30 – 17:00. A well maintained museum that has a surprisingly big collection. 500 yen.…WikiTravel
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Monday the crash of an Air Self-Defense Force F-35A stealth fighter into the Pacific Ocean two months ago was likely caused by “spatial disorientation” of the pilot, rather than technical problems with the aircraft. (Kyodo)
Temperatures rose across Japan on Saturday to highs usually not seen until the height of summer, causing hundreds of people to be taken to hospitals and prompting the weather agency to issue heatstroke warnings. (Japan Today)
The Defense Ministry has retrieved part of the flight data recorder from a F-35A stealth fighter that went missing last month, but it was heavily damaged and also did not include a storage device to record speed and altitude data, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters Tuesday.
One week after an F-35A stealth fighter jet crashed off the northeastern coast of Japan, U.S. and Japanese military vessels are struggling to find the wreckage and protect its valuable “secrets.”
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