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Top Choice Market in Aomori

Shinsen Ichiba

Aomori is famous for seafood and produce including scallops, codfish, apples, pickled vegetables and many other foods that are all laid out at this bustling market. There's also a handful of counter restaurants wher…
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…
Parades in Aomori

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

The Nebuta Matsuri has parades of spectacular illuminated floats, accompanied by thousands of rowdy, chanting dancers. The parades start at sunset and last for hours; on the final day, the action starts at about noo…
Food Court in Aomori


Part of the city's new waterfront development, A-Factory is a bright, airy food court serving everything from sushi to galettes. Apple cider is brewed on the premises and available by the glass or bottle.
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…
Chinese in Aomori


Walking down Shinmachi-dōri from the station, turn left on Zeimusho-dōri (before the Alpha Hotel). Walk towards the water and on your left, you'll find this refreshingly down-to-earth Chinese diner: rāmen, gyōza, mā…
Seafood in Aomori


At the start of Shinmachi-dōri, this popular haunt specialises in hotate (scallops) – fried, steamed, in noodles – you name it. Of the more interesting menu items, marucchi tsumire soba features dumplings made from …
Steak in Aomori


We love the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere inside this little steakhouse on the corner: nothing's changed much in 30 years. Steak and katsu (crumbed cutlets) in all forms are on the menu. Pork katsu teishoku star…