Japan Travel Guide
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Edited by: Declan Murphy
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What Aomori lacks in economic rigour, is more than made up for with beauty and tranquility, and a curious reputation for preserving "authentic" Japanese culture, whatever that might actually mean, in such forms as folk music (the Tsugaru Jamisen for example) and dance, and its fascinating matsuri. Aomori is particularly well known throughout Japan for its festivals, especially those of early August - the Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori City and Neputa Matsuri in the nearby castle town of Hirosaki, which was the political and cultural capital of this region until the early Meiji Period. Although the population of each city is tiny when compared to those of the south and west, the festivals feature in travel brochures and covered in news bulletins throughout Japan, especially the Nebuta.
Aomori City is the largest town and a useful port for transferring to or from Hokkaido using the ferries. Although very heavily damaged during B-29 bombing raids at the end of the war, it has some points of interest nearby including the historic Sannai Maruyama site and the Hakkoda Maru floating museum. Apart from these and the Nebuta festival, Aomori City is also a very useful transport hub for exploring the area as there are quite a few affordable ryokan and hotels in Aomori, although early bookings are advised during peak seasons.
The historic town of Hirosaki is worth an overnight visit or longer stay. The attractions include the castle, historic buildings (including a samurai quarter) and temples. Famous nationwide for its cherry blossoms (1 million plus visitors each year) and the Neputa festival, the town also has numerous western style buildings from the Meiji period including the former library, the interesting Aomori bank building, the local Catholic and Anglican churches and other structures. The main drawcard though is Hirosaki Castle, an early 17th century fortification built from 1611 by the feudal lords of the Tsugaru clan. Lacking the defences of many of the more powerful fortifications built in southern and western Japan prior to and during the Edo period, and with little in the way of metal to be sold for scrap, much of the castle was left intact by the Meiji government and has since been preserved or reconstructed.
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Tours - The Japan Discovery Tours visit Aomori.
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