Top things to do in Aomori

Top Choice Museum in Aomori

Aomori Museum of Art

Looking like a modernist sculpture, the geometric white facade of the Aomori Museum of Art was designed to blend in with the landscape when blanketed with snow. The permanent collection features works by Aomori icon…
Top Choice Market in Aomori

Shinsen Ichiba

Cut out the middle man and head straight for the famed Aomori seafood market, where piles of fresh catch – as well as apples, pickled vegetables and a variety of other produce – are laid out for restaurateurs to han…
Parade in Aomori

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

Aomori's 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…
Archaeological Site in Aomori

Sannai Maruyama

Excavation of this site turned up an astonishing number of intact artefacts from Japan's Jōmon era (10,000 to 2000 years ago), which are on display at the museum here. Clay figures, jade beads and large chestnut pil…
Seafood in Aomori


In a town that knows how to handle a bivalve, Osanai has a stellar reputation among locals for its simple and cheap hotate (scallops). The menu includes marucchi tsumire soba (dumplings made from apple and scallops …
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 serving ramen, gy…
Brewery in Aomori


This rather hip complex features a cider brewery and food hall (meals from ¥600) alongside a lovely market space selling high-quality Aomori souvenirs. Sup sparkling cider made from Aomori-grown apples while downing…
Japanese in Aomori


This brightly lit basement restaurant stars musicians wielding shamisen (three-stringed instruments resembling a lute or a banjo) entertaining seafood lovers with their high-pitched twang. It's a nice place to enjoy…
Steak in Aomori


In business for over 30 years for good reason, and a perennial favourite among the meat-eating fraternity, Aki's signature dish is katsu teishoku (crumbed pork cutlets), but it also grills a delicious thin steak. Th…
Museum in Aomori

Nebuta no Ie Wa Rasse

Even if you miss the Nebuta festival, you can still gawk at the awesome artisanship of the floats at this well-curated museum on the waterfront. On weekends there are dancing and drumming performances.