Take a walk on old streets full of Tohoku’s nature
Enjoy the local tastes!

Chose your favorite fresh seafood and side dishes to create your own fresh seafood rice bowl!

Aomori Gyosai Center

A popular market serving as the “kitchen” to local people. This market sells seafood of nearby sea, seafood from all around Japan, various local food and local dishes, etc. Popular among visitors is “Nokke seafood rice bowl” where you can chose your favorite seafood and side dishes to create your own rice bowl. First, purchase food tickets at the office and buy a bowl of rice with the tickets. Then, visit different stores and chose what you want to put on your bowl of rice, use the food tickets to purchase seafood and side dishes and have them put on your bowl of rice. You will have your own delicious original seafood rice bowl. You can enjoy your original seafood rice bowl at the free rest area in the market.

Aomori Gyosai Center

Address: Aomori Prefecture Aomori-shi Furukawa 1-11-16
Telephone: 017-763-0085 (Nokke fresh seafood rice bowl office)
Open hours: 7:00am to 4:00pm (closes when rice is sold out)
Closed: Tuesdays (January 1/2, 2016 is irregularly closed)
Fee: Types of tickets: 10 tickets for 1,080 yen, 5 tickets for 540 yen (*remained tickets cannot be cashed)
Rice: regular size=1 ticket, large size=2 tickets
Fresh seafood=1 to 3 tickets, ex. Salmon (2 pieces)=1 ticket, sea urchin=3 tickets, medium fatty tuna (1 piece)=2 tickets
Access: about 5 min. walk from JR Aomori Station
URL: http://www.aomori-ichiba.com/nokkedon/index.html (Chinese)

  99 553 862

About a 7-minute walk
Distance of about 550m

Attractive large scale Nebuta exhibit

Aomori City culture and tourism exchange facility “Nebuta House – Wa・Rasse”

Here exhibits the history and charm of Nebuta Festival, the famous summer festival of Aomori. In addition to five large Nebutas which were actually used in the festival in the past, also exhibits parts of Nebuta which you can touch and introduces unique Nebuta face masks. In the shop, Nebuta suvenears and original handcrafts of Aomori are sold. The facility also has a restaurant which serves various local Aomori dishes.

Aomori City culture and tourism exchange facility “Nebuta House – Wa・Rasse”

Address: Aomori Prefecture Aomori-shi Yasukata 1-1-1
Telephone: 017-752-1311
Open hours: Nebuta Museum, Nebuta Center: 9:00am to 6:00pm (open till 7:00pm from May to August)
Shop Aomori: 9:00am to 6:30pm (open till 7:30pm from May to August)
Restaurant “Sakana Kui No Ta”: 11:00am to 7:00pm (open till 8:00pm from May to August)
Closed: December 31, January 1 (all area closed)
August 9 and 10 are closed to change the Nebuta exhibition, Nebuta Center and Nebuta Museum are also closed accordingly, Shop Aomori and Restaurant “Sakana Kui No Ta” are opened as usual
Admission Fee: Nebuta Museum and Nebuta Center: 600 yean (adult) (group discount is applied to groups of 10 or more than 10)
Access: about 1 min. walk from JR Aomori Station
URL: http://www.nebuta.or.jp/warasse/ (Japanese)

  99 583 352

About 1 hour and 36 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 72.1km

Clear surface of the lake attracts visitor

Lake Towada

Reflecting the blue sky and mountains, the beautiful Lake Towada is a famous volcano lake in northern Japan. Laying at 401 meters above sea level, the lake’s circumference is about 46.2km and the deepest site is 326.8m deep. Lake Towada is the third deepest lake in Japan. Zelcova and laurel trees grow and various wild animals live around the lake. You can follow a pedestrian path to Ryogoku bridge and Omaegahama from the rest house, suitable for a relaxing walk.

Lake Towada

Address: Aomori Prefecture Towada-shi, Akita Prefecture Kazuno-gun Kosaka-machi
Telephone: 0176-75-2425 (Lake Towada National Park Association, Lake Towada General Office)
Fee: Free
Access: about 33km from Tohoku Expressway Towada Interchange
URL: http://towadako.or.jp/towadako-oirase/ (Japanese)

  612 302 825

About a 18-minute walk
Distance of about 9.7km

Go in to the lake on a boat and experience the beauty of the lake

Lake Towada Sightseeing Cruise

If you wish to really enjoy the lake, going on the sightneeing cruise is the best way. You can see the blue water, and if you turn your head around, you can see pine trees, Goshikiiwa (rocks of five colors) and the 220m high Senjomaku cliff. All the attractions and charms of the lake are included in this 50-minute sightseeing cruise. You can enjoy incomparable beautiful scenes of the lake remained as much as you wish.

Lake Towada Sightseeing Cruise

Address: Aomori Prefecture Towada-shi Okuse Towada-kohan Yasuimi-ya
Telephone: 0176-75-2201/0176-75-2909 (group reservation center)
Open hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Open period: open every day during the business period
(operation may temporarily stop due to fog, strong wind and other bad weather condition)
Cruise Time: B line, Ogura・Nakayama Peninsula tour cruise (yasumi-ya⇔yasumi-ya): leave Yasumi-ya at 8:45am, 10:10am, 11:40am, 1:10pm, 2:40pm, 4:00pm (6 lines a day) (subject to change according to business periods and cruise lines)
Fee: adults: 1,400 yen
children: 700 yen
(group discount applied to groups of 11 or more)
Access: about 33km from Tohoku Expressway Towada Interchange
URL: http://www.toutetsu.co.jp/ship.html (Japanese)

  612 332 287

About 22 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 15.4km

Beauty of clear water streams and deep green forest

Oirase Mountain Streams

From Nenokuchi by Lake Towada to Yakeyama, there continues a stream that is about 14km long. This is designated as National special scenic beauty and natural monument. Being covered with deep natural forest, the views on both sides of the stream are full of energy. Don’t miss to observe the water falls, clear water streams and various rocks. Roads for cars and paths for pedestrians follow along the streams, can be easily followed even by first time visitors.

Oirase Mountain Streams

Address: Aomori Prefecture Towada-shi oaza Okuse Towada-kohan Yasumi-ya 486 (Lake Towada General Office)
Telephone: 0176-75-2425 (Lake Towada National Park Association, Lake Towada General Office)
Fee: free
Access: about 42km from Tohoku Expressway Towada Interchange
URL: http://towadako.or.jp/towadako-oirase/ (Japanese)

  612 852 866

About 3 hour and 18 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 193km

The deepest lake in Japan where the legend of Princess Tatsuko originated

Lake Tazawa

A round shape lake, it’s circumference being about 20km and 423.4m deep, Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan. In the legend, Princess Tatsuko prayed for beauty and when her prayer became true, she drank water from a spring in the mountain. Then, her body changed into a dragon and she became the lord of the lake. Statues of Tatsuko Kannon and Princess Tatsuko were built after the legend. Further, various scenic spots such as Hime Kannon, Ukiki Shrine, Gizanoishi Shrine, etc. are built and various attractions such as a sightseeing cruise were established after the legend.

Lake Tazawa

Address: Akita Prefecture Senboku-shi Tazawakokata aza Sako
Telephone: 0187-43-2111 (Senboku City Lake Tazawa Tourist Information Center “FoLake”)
Access: about 47km from Tohoku Expressway Morioka Interchange
URL: http://www.tazawako.org/ (Japanese)

  280 766 407

About 28 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 20.4km

The oldest samurai residence that can be seen today in Kakunodate

Ishiguro Family Residence – Old Samurai Residence

Ishiguro family was subordinate to Satakehoku family, the family used to be in charge of financial management. Main residence, gates, walls, storehouses from the Edo period remain in the residence and they are kept well. This residence has two entrances, one in the front and one in the side. This indicates that the family was Samurai of high status. You can enter the residence and tour inside as you listen to a guide. Today, the offsprings of Ishiguro family still live in this house.

Ishiguro Family Residence – Old Samurai Residence

Address: Akita Prefecture Kakunodate-machi Omote-machi Shimocho 1
Telephone: 0187-55-1496
Open hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Admission Fee: adults (high school students and older): 300 yen
junior high and elementary school students: 150 yen
(group discount applied to groups of 20 or more)
Access: about 27 min. walk from JR Kakunodate Station
URL: http://www.hana.or.jp/~bukeishi/ (Japanese)
https://www.facebook.com/ishiguroke (Japanese)

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About 5 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 2.5km

Symbol of samurai residence in Kakunodate

Aoyagi Family Residence – Kakunodate Historical Village

Aoyagi family mainly was was in charge of treasury duty, and was a proud family of high status having 104 koku or rice. The roof of the main residence is the thatched roof in the hipped roof style. The main residence is formed in Kagiya style and the rooms are the most glamorous among the samurai residences we can see today. In the 3,000 tsubo property, there is a garden where 600 kinds of flowers and trees grow. This garden is a must see!

Aoyagi Family Residence – Kakunodate Historical Village

Address: Akita Prefecture Kakunodate-machi Higashikatsuraku cho 26
Telephone: 0187-54-3257
Open hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (closed at 4:00pm from December to March)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Admission Fee: adults: 500 yen
junior high and high school students: 300 yen
elementary school students: 200 yen
(group discount applied to groups of 20 or more)
Access: about 26 min. walk from JR Kakunodate Station
URL: http://www.samuraiworld.com/ (Japanese)

  280 337 327

About 6 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 2.2km

Experience the traditional cherry blossom tree bark handcraft

Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Tree Bark Handcraft Center 2 (Bukeyashiki-dori)

This is a shop of traditional cherry blossom tree bark handcraft arts using mountain cherry blossoms. You can watch the making process and also can purchase handmade artifacts. Artifacts include various items which you can use in daily lives and as ornaments. The craftsmen can give you advice as to what might be suitable to you. The shop is on the Bukeyashiki Dori street and you are welcome to come in. On the Yubinkyoku Dori street, you can find the historical museum “Tatetsu House”.

Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Tree Bark Handcraft Center 2 (Bukeyashiki-dori)

Address: Akita Prefecture Senboku-shi Kakunodate-machi Omote-machi Shimocho 18
Telephone: 0187-55-5631
Open hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (closes at 6:00pm in July and August, subject to change according to seasons), Cherry blossom tree bark handcraft demonstration: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year (demonstration is not shown during the winter)
Access: about 27 min. walk from JR Kakunodate Station
URL: http://www12.plala.or.jp/kabasen/ (Japanese)

  280 337 833

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