Introduction of Japan’s 47 Prefectures =vol.2/47 Aomori=

Aomori Prefecture is located at the north end of the main land. Its appealing character consists of rich nature, fresh foods and traditional culture. Out of them, the author highlights places where you can’t see such a thing except Aomori. Fortunately, now you can go to Aomori just for about 3 hours by Shinkansen (Tokyo Station to Shin-Aomori Station.)

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Hirosaki Park (弘前公園)

Hirosaki Park is mainly famous for 2 things: Hirosaki Castle and Cherry blossom (Sakura). The Sakura season is between the end of April and the beginning of May. The park has been continually in the news partly because the Hirosaki Castle has been moved temporarily. It is uncommon to move castles but it was found its base kept a little unstable. It will take about 10 years to reinforce it. But in a mean, it is valuable to see the place it had been at and it will be back.

Copyright, t-mizo, Hirosaki-jo in the sky (Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan)
Copyright, yari hotaka, 弘前城

Check the process of moving via this video↓↓↓

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Search this word “Hirosaki Park”on Google Map
Nearest Station: Hirosaki Station
Direction: Take bus named Dotemachijunkann Bus (土手町循環バス) or Tamenobu-go (ためのぶ号) on the circular route and get off at Shiyakusyomae (市役所前), and then walk for 4 min.
How long: 15 min and 4 min
How much: JPY100

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Nebuta Festival & Museum

Nebuta Festival (ねぶた祭り)

One of the biggest Japanese festivals which attracts over 2 million people every year in Aomori Prefecture. Illuminated NEBUTA floats are carried thorough the city with carriers & dancers in traditional costumes. You can actually join the local people dancing around the Nebuta floats, who are called Haneto, and you are very welcomed to participate to the festival without any pre-registrations.

NEBUTA floats Copyright, 陳 ポーハン, ねぶた
NEBUTA floats Copyright, Photocon Japan, 青森ねぶた祭り

Dates from 2nd to 7th August (Mainly 19:10–21:00 on 4th to 6th)

More details about Japanese Festivals↓↓↓

Nebuta Museum WA RASSE (ねぶたの家 ワラッセ)

Firstly, you must be surprised at an appearance of the building. More surprisingly, on display are 4 full-sized floats which has actually participated in the Nebuta Festival, and each of them has an individual face. You can learn what is the Nebuta and the history.

Copyright, ja.wikipedia.org
Nebuta floats

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Nebuta Museum Warasse (ねぶたの家 ワ・ラッセ)
Business hour: 9:00 am — 7:00 pm (May to August)
 9:00 am — 6:00 pm (September to April)
Address: Bunka Kankou Kouryuu Shisetsu 1–1–1 Yasukata Aomori-shi Aomori Prefecture 030–0803 (〒030–0803青森市安方1–1–1 青森市文化観光交流施設)

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Sannai-Maruyama Site (三内丸山遺跡)

The Sannai-Maruyama historical site is the remains of the settlement in Jomon Period (approx. 5,500–4,000 years ago.) Excavation started in 1992 to discover the remains and ancient items like pit-dwellings, burials, Jomen wares, accessories and so on. Why don’t you touch the life in the far distant past?

Copyright, commons.wikimedia.org
Copyright, commons.wikimedia.org

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Search this word “Sannai-Maruyama site” on Google Map
Nearest Station: 1. Aomori Station
 or 2. Shin Aomori Station
Direction: 1. Take the Aomori municipal bus (Platform No.6) for Unten Menkyo Center and get off at Sannai-Maruyama Site.
 2. Take the sightseeing bus (Platform No. 3) called Shuttle de Route Bus Nebutan-go that runs counterclockwise on the circular route and get off at Sannai-Maruyama Site.
How long: 1. 20 min
 2. 10 min
How much: 1. JPY310
 2. JPY200

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Oirase Keiryu (奥入瀬渓流)

Oirase Keiryu is one of the special places of scenic beauty in Japan where a mountain stream runs through a forest from Mt.Yakeyama to Towada Lake, which has the length of 8.7 miles (14 km.) It is located at the south end of Aomori Prefecture and is the most appropriate place to trek and take a bike ride. You can enjoy there in all seasons especially spring and autumn since thanks to new green leaves and autumn leaves.

Oirase Keiryu Copyright, C.K. Tse, 奥入瀬渓流, nhayashida, DSC00302
Towada Lake Copyright, ja.wikipedia.org

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How to get the ticket and go to the place?

Take a bus at Aomori Station or Shin Aomori Station. You can get the tickets at the ticket counter (Midori no Madoguchi) which each major JR station has, or you can also pay in the bus. So all you need is waiting for the bus at the Aomori station’s bus terminal (Platform No.11) or at the Shin Aomori station’s bus terminal (Platform No.1.) These buses bound for Towada Lake (十和田湖), and the entrance of Oirase Keiryu is at the Yakeyama (焼山) bus stop on the way.

How much does it cost?

I recommend you to purchase the 2-day-unlimited-ride ticket, which costs JPY5,000 (for adults.)

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