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

22 Oct

A man prosecuted last year in connection with the death of a Japanese woman in Vancouver was found guilty of murder on Friday, a Canadian court said. (Japan Today)

17 Jul

Each year, a pair of the Aomori Prefecture town’s fields are used to create amazing rice paddy art (or “tambo art,” as it’s called in Japanese). (soranews24.com)

14 Jun

Japan’s nuclear watchdog on Wednesday approved a plan to scrap a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant northeast of Tokyo over a 70-year period with the cost projected at 1 trillion yen ( billion). (Kyodo)

27 Apr

Local governments are agonizing over how to deal with a series of cases in which foreigners have flown drones in tourist spots. (the-japan-news.com)

23 Apr

Visitors to a park in the city of Hirosaki in northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture have been enjoying the breathtaking sight of about 2,600 blossoming cherry trees. (NHK)

14 Apr

A Japanese government survey shows the country’s population continues to shrink and age. (NHK)

2 Apr

Fans of the Akita dog Wasao will be in for a treat for another year as the canine, who has gained nationwide fame with his unique looks, was reappointed Sunday as “tourism stationmaster” in a town in northeastern Japan. (Japan Times)

31 Mar

Workers stand on the Hakkoda-Towada Gold Line road with snow walls up to 8 meters high. (Japan Today)

23 Feb

Aomori Prefectural Police have arrested an 18-year-old girl for allegedly killing her 2-year-old son at a residence in Mutsu City on Tuesday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

23 Feb

Japan’s Self-Defense Force has begun surveying a lake in the northern prefecture of Aomori where a US fighter jet offloaded 2 external fuel tanks. (NHK)

20 Feb

A fighter jet from the US Misawa Airbase in northern Japan developed an engine fire on Tuesday morning and offloaded fuel tanks into a lake. (NHK)

27 Jan

An F-35 stealth fighter has arrived at an airbase in Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It is the first of 10 F-35s that will be deployed at the base. (NHK)

10 Dec

Kanagawa Prefectural Police have arrested a 38-year-old man from Hiratsuka City for allegedly abducting a middle school student in Aomori Prefecture and confining her at his residence for two months, reports Jiji Press (Dec. 8). (tokyoreporter.com)

30 Nov

Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a 70-year-old man for allegedly assaulting two female cabin attendants on a Japan Airlines (JAL) flight earlier this year, reports NHK (tokyoreporter.com)

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)

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)

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’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)