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Aomori (青森県; -ken) is the prefecture directly to the north of Akita. It is in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Festivals

Aomori is most famous for its Nebuta, Neputa and Tachi Neputa festivals. They are held in Aomori city, Hirosaki city and Goshogawara city respectively. The Neputa festival is held every year from August 2nd-7th, Neputa from August 1st-7th, and Tachi Neputa from August 4th-8th.

Onsen

  • Furofushi Onsen (不老不死温泉)
〒038-2327 青森県西津軽郡深浦町大字舮作字下清滝15
A natural onsen resort built right into the west coast of Aomori. All of their baths face the Sea of Japan, and their outdoor mixed bath offers a great view of the sunset. If you stay overnight here, you can also explore the Shirakami Mountains and many of the other attractions in the area during the day.
☎ 0173-74-3500
Website (English)
  • Sukayu Onsen (酸ヶ湯)
It is known for its sen nin buro (千人風呂) or "1,000-person bath", a large mixed gender public bath.
〒030-0111 青森県青森市荒川南荒川山国有林酸湯沢50番地
☎ 0177-38-6400
Website (Japanese)

Hachinohe City

Hachinohe (八戸) is a pretty lively city on the Pacific coast just above Iwate. There are plenty of things to do, things to eat, and places to see.

Accommodations

  • Super Hotel Hachinohe (スーパーホテル八戸)
    青森県八戸市長横町12-22
    ☎ 0178-24-9000
    This is probably the cheapest game in town. Average cost of just about ¥3,000 per person. Rooms are kind of small, but there is a shower and breakfast is included.

Eat/drink

  • Jazz bar Flat (フラット) is a great little bar with live music and reasonably priced drinks. The bonus here is one of the owners is named "Japanese Nick" due to his resemblance to Nicholas Cage. They also have a pretty decent food menu.
    青森県八戸市三日町27中央ビルB1F フラット
    ☎ 0178-44-3898
    Bar Flat Website(Japanese)
  • Hasshoku Centre (八食センター) is a famous fish market.

Do/See

  • Cross Space shelter. A decent club in the city. Check ahead of time for DJ events. 八戸市十三町16 cino B1F
  • Kabyshima shrine (蕪島神社) - Home to 40,000 sea gulls located on the bay-side. There is a festival there on the 3rd Sunday of every April.

Hirosaki

Accommodation

  • Hirosaki Youth Hostel (ひろさきユースホステル)
    11 Mori-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori-ken
    青森県弘前市森町11
    Cost: ¥ 3,045
    ☎ 0172-33-7066
    Homepage (English)

Inakadate village

Tambo Art in Inakadate

Do/See

  • Rice paddy art (田舎館村の田んぼアート)
    Every year a different picture is planted into rice fields by using 4 different coloured rice plants. Make sure you get there before City Hall (which looks like a castle) closes and view the fields for free. Best viewing time is from late August to September.
    Homepage

Goshogawara

See also

Akita JET Travel Guide
Hokkaido Hokkaido
Tohoku Aomori • Akita • Fukushima • Iwate • Miyagi • Yamagata
Kanto Chiba • Gunma • Ibaraki • Kanagawa • Saitama • Tochigi • Tokyo
Chubu Aichi • Fukui • Gifu • Ishikawa • Mie • Nagano • Niigata • Shizuoka • Toyama • Yamanashi
Kansai Hyogo • Kyoto • Nara • Osaka • Shiga • Wakayama
Chugoku Hiroshima • Okayama • Shimane • Tottori • Yamaguchi
Shikoku Ehime • Kagawa • Kōchi • Tokushima
Kyushu Fukuoka • Kagoshima • Kumamoto • Miyazaki • Nagasaki • Ōita • Saga • Okinawa