AOMORI

Nebuta Museum WA RASSE

The Nebuta Museum WA RASSE is a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival.
At the museum you can experience every aspect of the festival.
On displays are 4 full-sized floats that participated in the festival in August, and Nebuta Faces that show the individuality of their respective creators.

 

Address:
〒030-0803 1-1-1 Yasukata, Aomori City, Aomori
Access:
Approxmately 1-minute on foot from Aomori Station

Hakkoda Mountains

The natural splendour of the famous Hakkoda mountain range changes with the seasons. Hiking is popular in spring and summer. The brightly-coloured autumn foliage is also a must-see. In winter the mountains are covered with powder snow, ideal for skiing. The unusual frost-coverd trees are reminiscent of snow-monsters.

 

Address:
〒030-0188 1-12 Kansuizawa, Arakawa, Aomori City, Aomori (Hakkoda Ropeway)
Access:
Approximately 80 minutes by JR Bus from Aomori Station

Aomori Tourist Information

Basic Information

Address 〒030-0801
1-1-25 Shinmachi, Aomori City, Aomori [MAP]
Tel +81-17-723-4670
E-mail -
Hours of Operation 8:30-19:00
Holidays non
Official HP(English)

Service

Multilingual Support English: Full-Time
Wi-Fi Available(Free)
Internet PC Available(Charge)
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Include reservation for sightseeing taxies
Accommodation Include reservation/ticketing for accommodation
(only in Aomori city area)
Other Services 【Free for loan】
Wheelchair
Boots(only in winter)

HIROSAKI

Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle)

The construction of Hirosaki Castle was begun in 1603 by the first Tsugaru lord, Tamenobu, and completed by 1611 by the second lord, Nobuhira. The 49.2 ha site, which is 10 times larger than the Tokyo Dome, is surrounded by triple moats earthworks and consists of 6 quarters.
The current three-storied structure was rebuilt in 1811 and is open to the public as the Hirosaki Castle Museum.
Due to the reconstruction of the stone walls, the castle was moved to the center of Honmaru in 2015 and in order to move the castle back into the original position, it will take at least 5 years.
2,600 cherry trees in bloom Hirosaki Park is full of great places to view cherry blossoms in spring and you would see abundance of beautiful Chrysanthemum at the botanical garden along with colorful foliage in autumn.
Roughly, 300 snow lanterns and snow statues made in the park beckon visitors into this fantasy winter world.

 

Address:
〒036-8356 1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki City

 

Access:
100-yen Dotemachi Loop Bus from Hirosaki Station:about 15 mins
Get off at Shiyakusho-mae (in front of city hall)

Hirosaki Apple Park

Hirosaki is the center of apple production in Japan. Apple Park is located near Mt. Iwaki, and if it is clear you can get a spectacular view of it.
Visitors can enjoy Apple flowers in spring and Apple Picking from summer to autumn. There is a souvenir shop which has 1,200 apple related products and a restaurant which serves dishes related with apple.
This park features 1,500 trees and 80 varieties of apples. You can learn about apple cultivation, marketing and nutrition as well as the history of apple production.
There is Hirosaki Cidre Brewhouse and you can taste Apple Cidre (Apple Sparkling Wine) under the apple tree. Visitors can tour the factory.
Throughout the year, there are various events to enjoy and it has something to offer to every member of the family!

 

Address:
〒036-8262 125 Shimizu-tomita, Terasawa, Hirosaki City

 

Access:

  • ①Tamenobu Bus from Hirosaki Station:about 40 mins get off at Ringo Koen(apple park)
  • ②Get on the bus for「Imori-tai」「Tashiro」「Soma」:about 20 mins
    Get off at Tokiwazaka Iriguchi(entrance of Tokiwazaka) from the bus stop, it’ll take about 7 mins on foot.

Hirosaki Tourist Information Center

Basic Information

Address 〒036-8096
1-1 Omote-machi, Hirosaki City, Aomori [MAP]
Tel +81-172-26-3600
E-mail kanko@machinaka.jp
Hours of Operation 8:45-18:00
Holidays non
Official HP(English)

Service

Multilingual Support English: Full-Time
Wi-Fi Available(Free)
Internet PC -
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Information only
Other Services Bicycle for rent (Charged)
Plastic Umbrella, Wheel Chair for rent
Rubber boots and Non-slipping devices for rent (Winter Season Only)
【Free of charge】
Hands-Free Travel
Deliver luggage to hotels and accommodation facilities in the city (Charged)

HACHINOHE

Tatehana Wharf Morning Market

Tatehana Ganpeki Asaichi (Tatehana Wharf Morning Market) in Hachinohe has been one of the biggest outdoor markets in Japan with over 10,000 visitors every week. It is only opened on early Sunday mornings and is set up across 800 meters, housing over 300 different stores and stalls. This takes place on the Tatehana Wharf in Hachinohe, and is running from the middle of March into the end of December every year. The market rises early around daybreak until 9:00, it is well known for being quite chaotic during the few hours it is open.
Visitors can find everything from fresh seafood, dried seafood, vegetables, and fruits, to sewing machines and knives!!! And they sell seafood which is nice for breakfast served with pastries or noodles.

 

Address:
〒031-0811 Tatehana Wharf, Shin-Minato, Hachinohe City
Access:
By car :25 minutes from JR Hachinohe Station, 10 minutes from downtown Hachinohe
By train:10-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Line Mutsuminato Station
By bus : Isaba Sunday Morning Market Loop Bus – “Tatehana-gyoko-mae” bus stop

Miroku Yokocho

Miroku Yokocho, located in the downtown of Hachinohe City, is one of the most popular back street alleys with around 26 foods stalls. Each shop serves a variety of local cuisines ranging from fresh seafood from the Hachinohe port to Senbei-jiru (a traditional soup with wheat crackers (Senbei) simmered along with vegetables and meats) as well as typical Japanese bar (izakaya) food and ramen. The food stalls give an open atmosphere and are busy with a lot of local residents and tourists.

 

Address:
〒031-0032 Hachinohe downtown
Access:
By car : 20 minutes from Hachinohe Station,
By train: 10-minute walk from JR Hachinohe Line Hon-Hachinohe Station
By bus : Hachinohe City Bus / Nanbu Bus – Hachinohe Chushingai Terminal
“Mikkamachi” or “Muikamachi” bus stop

Hachinohe General Tour Information Plaza

Basic Information

Address 〒039-1101
1-1 Aza Tateda, Oaza Shiriuchi-machi, Hachinohe City, Aomori(JR Hachinohe Sta. 2F) [MAP]
Tel +81-178-27-4243
E-mail info-hachinohe@eagle.ocn.ne.jp
Hours of Operation 9:00-19:00; 9:00-17:00 on 30 Dec., 1 Jan. and 2 Jan.
Holidays Closed on 31 Dec.
Official HP(English)

Service

Multilingual Support English : Full-Time Chinese : Part Time Korean: Part time
Wi-Fi Available (Free)
Internet PC Available (Free)
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Information only
Other Services Luggage storage service 500 yen/pc 09:00 - 19:00
【Rental Tanesashi Coast Audio Guidance Radio】Free
【Coloring corner】Free (Enburi Eboshi hat, Yahata Horse, etc.)
【Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival Happi Wearing Experience】Free

MORIOKA

Morioka History and Culture Museum / Morioka Castle Site Park

Museum:Tourism information and an introduction to the traditional culture of Morioka are on the first floor and documents related to the lord of the Nambu clan of Morioka are on the second floor to immersing visitors in the attractions of Morioka.
Park : It is known as one of Japan’s top 100 Castles.

 

Address:
〒020-0023 1-50 Uchimaru, Morioka City, Iwate
Access:
Take a Morioka City Loop Bus (Dendenmushi).Get off at Moriokajouatokoen (in front of Morioka Castel Site Park)

500 Buddhist Disciples(Hoonji Temple)

These statues appear to have been carved over four years 1731-1735.Nine Kyoto artisans were commissined to create and lacquer these wooden sculptures.499 statues remain,including Marco Polo and Kublai Khan.

 

Address:
〒020-0016 31-5 Nasukawacho, Morioka City, Iwate
Access:
Take a Morioka City Loop Bus (Dendenmushi).Get off at Honchodori icchome and walk 10 minutes.

Iwate/Morioka Regional Tourist Information Center

Basic Information

Address 〒020-0034
2nd fl.,JR Morioka Station, 1-48 Morioka Ekimae-dori,
Morioka City, Iwate [MAP]
Tel +81-19-625-2090
E-mail morikan@clock.ocn.ne.jp
Hours of Operation 9:00-17:30
Holidays Closed from 31 Des.to 2 Jan.
Official HP(English) http://www.odette.or.jp/

Service

Multilingual Support English : Full-Time
Wi-Fi Available (Free)
Internet PC -
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Include reservation/ticketing for accommodations
Other Services

MIYAKO

Jodogahama Beach

Jodogahama Beach, a center of Sanriku Reconstruction (Fukko) National Park, is a scenic spot representing Miyako City.
It was designated a national scenic spot in January 2012. The cave, with its sharp-edged white rhyolites, further accentuated by the contrast with the deep-blue ocean and green pines, shows us various seasonal faces.
One theory holds that the name of Jodogahama began when a seventh generation monk of Miyako-san Joanji Temple, Reikyo Ryuko (-1727) visited this remote place, and marveling at the beauty, composed a poem saying the beach seemed like a reappearance of Jodo (Pure Land).

 

Address:
〒027-0001 32 Hitachihama-cho, Miyako, Iwate
Access:
Take a bus for Oku-Jodogahama from Miyako train station.

Todogasaki Lighthouse

On the cape located on the easternmost part of Japan’s main island, at longtitude 142 degrees 4 minutes 21 seconds east, there is a pure-white Todogasaki Lighthouse watching over the safety of ships traveling the ocean. The lighthouse was built in March 1902 and rebuilt in June 1950 after being destroyed during the World War II.

 

Address:
〒027-0111 Ohira, Dai-9 Chiwari, Omoe, Miyako, Iwate
Access:
Go to Aneyoshi Campsite by car (bus service is very limited and not recommended) and walk about 60 minutes from there.

Miyako Tourist Information Center

Basic Information

Address 〒027-0052
1-1-80 Miyacho, Miyako, Iwate [MAP]
Tel +81-193-62-3574
E-mail info@kankou385.jp
Hours of Operation From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Holidays Closed on January 1
Official HP(English) http://www.kankou385.jp

Service

Multilingual Support English, Italian : Full-Time
Wi-Fi Available (Free)
Internet PC Not available
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Information only
Other Services Free rental bicycles and umbrellas available.
Hotel reservation is available only for the customers
who visit our information center (not available on the telephone).

HIRAIZUMI

Chūson-ji Temple

Chūson-ji Temple was founded in 850 by Ennin (Jikaku Daishi), a high-ranking priest of Mount Hiei Enryaku-ji Temple. At the beginning of the 12th century, large-scale temple construction was carried out by Kiyohira, the founder of the Oshu Fujiwara clan.

 

Address:
〒029-4195 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Iwate
Access:
1.6 km (25 minutes on foot) from JR Hiraizumi station

Mōtsū-ji Temple

Mōtsū-ji Temple was founded in 850 by Ennin (Jikaku Daishi), but most of the halls were built in the 12th century, during the period from Motohira, the second generation Fujiwara lord, to Hidehira, the third generation lord. With 40 temple buildings and 500 priests’ quarters, its size and splendor rivaled that of Chūson-ji Temple.

 

Address:
〒029-4102 58 Osawa, Hiraizumi, Iwate
Access:
700m (10 minutes on foot) from JR Hiraizumi Station.

Hiraizumi Tourist Information

Basic Information

Address 〒029-4102
61-7 Izumiya, Hiraizumi, Hiraziumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate [MAP]
Tel +81-191-46-2110
E-mail -
Hours of Operation 8:30-17:00
Holidays -
Official HP(English) http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/index.html

Service

Multilingual Support English : Full-Time  Chinese : Part Time
Wi-Fi -
Internet PC -
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation reservation only
Other Services audio-guide rental
(Japanese,English,Chinese,French,Spanish,German)

AKITA

Senshu Park

Senshu Park is the ruins of Kubota Castle, which was home to the Satake family, which ruled Akita.
Now it is a Japanese garden with beautiful nature.
You can enjoy not only the colorful flowers but also beautiful scenery throughout the year.
Cherry blossoms in spring, briliant lotus flowers in summer , changing colors in autumn and the snow landscape in winter.
In addition, Senshu Park has many historic sites such as Front Gate of Kubota Castle, Kubota Castle’s Osumiyagura Turret, Satake Historical Museum, Omonogashira Guard House and a tea ceremony house” Sen-an.”
Please feel for the seasons of Akita!

 

Address:
〒010-0876 Senshu Koen, Akita city
Access:
About 10-minute walk from Akita Station

Akita Folklore and Performing Arts Center (Neburi-Nagashi Kan)

The center presents materials and images of folklore and performing arts, such as Akita Kanto Festival(Pole Lantern Festival) , Tsuchizaki Port Hikiyama Festival registered as one of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Events and Bonden Festival of Taiheizan Miyoshi Shrine, which have been passed down through the generations in Akita City.
In addition to trying Kanto yourself, you can see a Kanto performance every weekends and holidays between 1:30p.m. and 2:10p.m. from April to October. Next to the center is a traditional machiya house, the former residence of the Kaneko family, which exhibits the construction style of the Edo period.

 

Address:
〒010-0921 3-30, Omachi 1, Akita City
Access:
About 15-minute walk from Akita Station.

Akita Tourist Information Center

Basic Information

Address 〒010-0001
1-2,Nakadori 7, Akita City, Akita(Located inside Akita Station) [MAP]
Tel +81-18-832-7941
E-mail info@acvb.or.jp
Hours of Operation 9:00-19:00 Apr. - Oct 9:00-18:00 Nov. - Mar.
Holidays Closed from 31 Dec. to 2 Jan.
Official HP(English) https://www.akita-yulala.jp/en/

Service

Multilingual Support English : Full-Time
Wi-Fi Available (Free)
Internet PC (2 Tablets)
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Information only
Other Services rent-a-bicycle (no charge)

SEMBOKU [TAZAWAKO]

Lake Tazawa (Tazawa-ko)

Lake Tazawa (Tazawa-ko), a crater lake situated almost in the center of the eastern part of Akita. Almost perfectly circular shaped, it is the deepest lake in Japan with the depth of 423 meters. The lake exudes a mysterious atmosphere, being filled with sapphire-blue water. The lake surface shines in a charming variety of colors depending on conditions, ranging from a bright jade green to a deep indigo color. It is a sure attraction for visitors at any time of the year.
Take a scenic bus trip around the lake and enjoy views of the lake from different angles. At the western end of the lake, there is a golden statue of a woman named Tatsuko, a legendary Tatsuko was a beautiful girl who prayed to retain her beauty and youth forever but was instead cursed and turned into a dragon and eventually sunk to the bottom of Lake Tazawa. On the northern shore, there is Goza-no-ishi Shrine, known for the strikingly beautiful red gate and the spiritual atmosphere. At the lake`s eastern and surrounding the bus stop area, visitors will find a few shops, restaurants, rental bicycles and the sightseeing boat pier. Sightseeing boats operate from late April to early November and travel to the Tatsuko Statue and back. The round trip takes 40 minutes and costs 1200 yen.
The lakeside is dotted with hotels and rest houses. In summer, the lake attracts swimmers and sunbathers to its beach area. It is filled with people who enjoy water sports, such as sail boarding. In the vicinity are many other leisure spots, including a ski resort and a camping site.

 

Address:
Sako, Kata-aza, Tazawako, Senboku city, Akita, 014-1204, Japan
Access:
Take a bus from Tazawako Station to Tazawa-kohan bus stop on the lake`s eastern shore(12 minutes, 360 yen one way), including buses in direction of Tazawako Isshu and Nyuto Onsen.

Nyuto Onsen-kyo

Nyuto Onsen-kyo is a collection of onsen ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn) in the mountains of eastern Akita. The area is known as one of the best hot spring villages of Japan.
Unlike typical onsen-Kyo in Japan where the hotels are sharing one headspring, Nyuto Onsen-kyo is blessed with countless headsprings throughout the area. This is why each Nyuto inn owns its own individual headsprings, which allows you to experience different healing properties in one location!
Nyuto`s attraction is not only the water: it is situated in an unspoiled deep forest of beech and birch trees that has been designated as Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The tradition of toji, a hot-spring sojourn for therapeutic benefit, had been practiced particularly by farmers. Still, many toji guests from all over Japan seeking for a get-away experience choose Nyuto for the first choice. Nyuto, being in the remote location and preserving secluded atmosphere, played a significant role in inspiring the recent boom of hitou.
All the hot spring baths in Nyuto Onsen belong to ryokan, and are not only available to staying guests, but also to day trippers during certain hours and have a smaller admission fee, 520 yen to 800 yen. Most of the ryokan feature mixed gender outdoor baths, and all have various gender segregated bathing as well.
For overnight guests in Nyuto, can purchase the “Yumeguri-cho” pass (Hot Spring Hopping pass) for 1800 yen at their ryokan that provides them with admission to the baths of all seven ryokans in Nyuto Onsen and free transportation provided to shuttle between the facilities (in a mini-van called Yumeguri-go). A Yumeguri Map (“light” version of the pass) is available for 600 yen and access to one bath of your choice.

 

Address:
Komagatake, Tazawako, Senboku City, Akita, 014-1201, Japan
Access:
Take a bus from Tazawako Station to Nyuto Onsen (47 minutes, 820 yen one way), which makes stops near most ryokan except for Tsurunoyu, Kuroyu and Magoroku Onsen.

Tazawako Tourist Information Center

Basic Information

Address 〒014-1201
68 Osaka Obonai, Semboku, Akita [MAP]
Tel +81-187-43-2111
E-mail folake@tazawako.org
Hours of Operation 8:30-17:30
Holidays -
Official HP(English) http://ohtazawako.blogspot.jp/

Service

Multilingual Support English : Full-Time Korean :Full-Time
Wi-Fi Available (Free)
Internet PC Available (Free)
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Include reservation/ticketing for accommodations
Other Services

SEMBOKU [KAKUNODATE]

Bukeyashiki (Samurai House)

In the 390-odd years since it was established, this town layout has remained essentially unchanged. In the Inner Town a district of samurai mansions remains side-by-side, their black fences draped with weeping cherry trees. The street with these mansions has been designated as a Historically Significant Traditional Buildings Preservation Area, and they are protected as cultural artifacts.

 

Address:
Omotemachi~Higashikatsurakucho, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City, Akita
Access:
About 15 minutes from Kakunodate Station on foot.

Tomachi (Merchant House District)

The town layout we know today was established in 1620 by the Ashina family. With a plaza known as “the firebreak” at its center, the town was divided into northern and southern sections. To the north, named the Uchimachi or Inner Town, the samurai built their houses. The Outer Town(Tomachi), in stark contrast to the stately elegance of the Inner Town, is a bustling merchant house district, but the sense of history remains. Many old buildings and storehouses remain to this day, and the townsfolk treasure these spaces even as they used them as shops and restaurants.

 

Address:
Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City, Akita
Access:
About 10 minutes from Kakunodate Station on foot.

Kakunodate Tourist Information Center

Basic Information

Address 〒014-0369
394-2 Kami-sugazawa, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City, Akita [MAP]
Tel +81-187-54-2700
E-mail info@kakunodate-kanko.jp
Hours of Operation 9:00-18:00 late Apr. - Sep.9:00-17:30 Oct. - mid-Apr
Holidays Closed on 31 Dec.
Official HP(English) http://kakunodate-kanko.jp/languages/en/

Service

Multilingual Support English : Part Time Korean :Part Time
Wi-Fi Available (Free)
Internet PC Available (Free)
General Tourist Information Information only
Transportation Information only
Accommodation Information only
Other Services Temporary Baggage Storage【(300 yen per piece)】
(from 2018 April 1 - 500 yen per piece)
※Free Rental
【Umbrella,Wheelchair,Snow boots(Winter season only)】