AOMORI

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), [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

8 Nov

A US military fighter jet accidentally dropped an inert bomb on private land outside training grounds in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, on Wednesday evening.
(NHK)

29 Aug

The Defense Ministry presented a detailed plan on Wednesday for new surveys at candidate sites for deploying the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system. (Japan Times)

10 Aug

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force concludes that a fighter pilot who crashed off northern Japan in April failed to detect the jet’s rapid descent because he was disoriented.
(NHK)

1 Aug

A government panel identified on Tuesday a set of Jomon Period archaeological sites in northern Japan as a potential candidate for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage designation in 2021. (Japan Times)

11 Jun

A 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were killed after the car they were in went off a cliff while they were being pursued by police in Fukaura, Aomori Prefecture, on Sunday. (Japan Today)

11 Jun

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)

5 Jun

NHK has learned that the Defense Ministry plans to end a major search operation for an F-35 fighter jet that crashed off northern Japan, and prepare to resume flights of the same model.
(NHK)

26 May

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)

24 May

Many parts of Japan saw the mercury top 30 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Weather officials are warning of unseasonal high temperatures over the weekend.
(NHK)

10 May

The newest shinkansen bullet train from Japanese rail operator JR East begins test operation Friday, with its top speed expected to exceed the fastest now in service by at least 40 kph. (Nikkei)

8 May

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.
(Japan Times)

17 Apr

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.”
(Japan Today)

11 Apr

The pilot of a Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean called an end to his training exercise just before the plane went down, it was learned Wednesday. (Nikkei)

10 Apr

Japanese defense officials are searching for a fighter jet off the coast of Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. They lost contact while it was on a training mission.
(NHK)

27 Feb

A Japanese government panel says the maximum probability of a magnitude-seven earthquake occurring along the Japan Trench in the next 30 years is more than 90 percent.
(NHK)

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)