Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Shimokita Peninsula


This holy shrine at Osore-zan's summit is a moving, mesmerisingly atmospheric and beautiful place honouring Jizō Bosatsu, protector of children and a much-loved deity in Japanese mythology. It's also said to be loca…
Top Choice Park in Hirosaki


Perfect for picnicking, this enormous public park has been shaped over the centuries by three castle moats, and landscaped with overhanging cherry trees (more than 5000 in total!) that bloom in late April or early M…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Aomori

Sannai Maruyama Site

Excavation of this site turned up an astonishing number of intact artefacts from Japan's Jōmon era (10,000–2,000 years ago), which are on display at the museum here. The actual archaeological site, along with some r…
Museum in Aomori

Aomori Museum of Art

Artists from Aomori Prefecture feature heavily in the permanent collection here, including pop icon Yoshitomo Nara, master print maker Munakata Shikō and Tohl Narita, who designed many of the monsters from the iconi…
Ropeway in Hakkōda-san

Hakkōda Ropeway

For anyone who wants a taste of the alpine without having to brave the steep ascent, this scenic ropeway quickly whisks you up to the summit of Tamoyachi-dake (田茂萢岳; 1324m). From there, you can follow an elaborate n…
Castle in Hirosaki


At the heart of Hirosaki-kōen lie the ancient remains of this castle, originally constructed in 1611. Rather tragically, only 16 years after it was built, the castle was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground. …
Buddhist Temple in Hirosaki


A 10-minute walk southwest of Hirosaki-jō ruins brings you to an atmospheric temple district redolent of feudal times. At the top of the hill, Chōshō-ji comprises the oldest wooden building in Aomori-ken and rows of…
Museum in Aomori

Nebuta no Ie Wa Rasse

Even if you missed the festival, you can still gawk at the awesome craftsmanship of the Nebuta floats displayed at this new museum on the waterfront. On weekends there are performances of dancing and drumming as wel…
Notable Building in Hirosaki

Neputa Mura

Come here to see some of Hirosaki's Neputa floats and try your hand at the giant taiko (drums). There are also exhibitions of local crafts. It's a short walk from the Bunka Center stop on the Dote-machi Loop Bus.
Gardens in Hirosaki

Fujita Memorial Garden

The former home and garden of the wealthy Fujita family, this beautiful example of a manicured Japanese garden is the second largest in Tōhoku. It features a wonderful tea-house and Western-styled Meiji-era mansion,…