AOMORI

Aomori (青森), the capital of Aomori prefecture, Japan, is located on Mutsu Bay, at the northern tip of Honshu.
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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), [4]. 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]. 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

AOMORI NEWS

9 Nov

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel in Geneva, Switzerland has ruled in Japan’s favor in a dispute over South Korean restrictions on imports of Japanese seafood imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The panel notified the two sides of the result on 18 October. (seafoodsource.com)

8 Nov

Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected on a glove of a worker at an nuclear facility in Aomori Prefecture last month, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Thursday. (Japan Times)

19 Oct

Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested an organized crime member suspected in the trafficking in stimulant drugs who used a special delivery service to send the contraband to customers, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

20 Sep

The Defense Ministry deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, missile interceptors in the city of Hakodate, Hokkaido, on Tuesday after North Korea recently fired two missiles over the southern part of the northernmost prefecture. (the-japan-news.com)

8 Sep

Aomori Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in the stabbing death of his mother at a unit of a municipally managed housing block they shared in Goshogawara City on Wednesday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Sept. 6). (tokyoreporter.com)

29 Aug

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency issued missile warnings in 12 prefectures via the J-Alert system in response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan early Tuesday morning. (Jiji)

24 Aug

Japan is the largest consumer of uni, or sea urchin, a popular and expensive ingredient in sushi and kaisen-don seafood rice bowls. Japanese are fond of the sea fruit’s rich, sweet taste that comes with a faint scent of the sea. (Nikkei)

22 Aug

The U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft made its first night flights in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Monday as part of an ongoing joint military exercise. (Jiji)

18 Jul

Japan Coast Guard officials say 2 Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters off the country’s northeast. (NHK)

27 Jun

The government is considering equipping cutting-edge F-35 stealth fighters with air-to-surface missiles, which are capable of striking remote targets on land, and plans to deploy these fighters to the Air Self-Defense Force, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (the-japan-news.com)

10 Jun

Seven-Eleven Japan Co’s president said Friday that Japan’s largest convenience store operator will start opening up outlets around fiscal 2019 in Okinawa, the only area in the country without Seven-Eleven stores. (Japan Today)

6 Jun

Japan predicts that its second satellite aimed at establishing the country’s version of the Global Positioning System will generate markets of more than 2 trillion yen across a wide range of fields, such as engineering, construction, surveying and farming. (Jiji)

6 Jun

Japan’s next-generation mainstay fighter aircraft, the F35 stealth jet, has been shown to the public. (NHK)

28 May

Police in Senboku, Akita Prefecture, said a 61-year-old woman was apparently killed by a bear while picking bamboo shoots in the mountains. (Japan Today)

19 May

Residents in mountainous areas of Aomori and Akita prefectures are being warned by authorities to be on the lookout for bears. (Japan Today)

7 May

The Aomori prefectural government is gearing up to capture all Japanese deer inside the prefecture. The prefecture had not been the animal’s habitat for a long time, but it has reappeared in recent years. (the-japan-news.com)

22 Apr

Cherry blossoms are now in full bloom in Aomori City in the northernmost prefecture of Japan’s main island of Honshu. (NHK)

20 Apr

The first batch of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel withdrawing from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan have returned to Japan. (NHK)

7 Apr

Aomori Prefectural Police have arrested a 16-year-old for allegedly not paying the driver of taxi after journey of hundreds of kilometers that began in Fukushima Prefecture earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

10 Mar

Aomori Airport has gone to the EXTREME when it comes to snow removal. They’re so good at it that this airport has NEVER HAD A SNOW CANCELATION. Not once despite having the most snow on Japan’s main island. (ONLY in JAPAN )

9 Mar

A new open-source intelligence analysis of North Korean state-run media by missile experts has shown what appears to be the hypothetical target of the country’s test-launches earlier this week: U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Japan Times)

19 Feb

An 18-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing a road bicycle and riding it about 900 kilometers from Osaka Prefecture to Aomori Prefecture in the north, police said Saturday. (Japan Today)

11 Feb

A 49-year-old Canadian male arrested last year after the discovery of the body of a missing Japanese woman has been prosecuted for murder, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

17 Dec

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed at a chicken farm in the town of Shimizu, Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, the prefectural government said Friday. (Jiji)

1 Dec

UNESCO has decided to add 33 Japanese traditional festivals featuring parades and floats to its list of intangible cultural heritages. (NHK)