We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Aomori Excursion?

Knoxville, Tennessee
Destination Expert
for Pigeon Forge
Level Contributor
1,087 posts
61 reviews
Save Topic
Aomori Excursion?

We're arriving at the port near Aomori in early October for about 10 hours and are looking for info or recommendations on local guides or tour companies. The ship doesnt offer much. Can we walk off the ship and see the area or city on foot or using local transportation? What are the best places to visit?

Thanks

Vancouver, Canada
Destination Expert
for Tohoku, Hokkaido
Level Contributor
6,589 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: Aomori Excursion?

Some general introduction on Aomori:

www.atca.info/atca_language/index_en.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3750.html

…aomori.jp/contents/english/index.html

The following are some Aomori city sights:

ASPAM: http://www.aomori-kanko.or.jp/

Hakkouda-maru: http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~hakkouda/index.html

Aomori Bay Bridge: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Bay_Bridge

Auga seafood market: http://www.auga.co.jp/shinsen.html

Aomori Yatai-mura: http://www.aomori-yataimura.com/

Shinmachi shopping street: http://www.jomon.ne.jp/~sinmati1/

Places that require a bus or train ride from Aomori:

Aomori Museum of Art: http://www.aomori-museum.jp/en/index.html

Sannai-Maruyama Iseki: …aomori.jp/english/index.html

Nebuta-no-sata Museum: http://www.nebutanosato.co.jp/toppage.html

Showa Daibutu: http://www.showa-daibutu.com/

Asamushi Onsen: http://www.asamushi.com/

Hirosaki:

hirosaki.co.jp/htcb/…index.html

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3701.html

Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
24,342 posts
123 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Aomori Excursion?

Aomori is a relatively quiet port town and a bit minor city compared to Hakodate on the other side of the Tsugaru Straights, although it does have pleasant attractions cited above. Historically, Hirosaki about 30 minutes from Aomori has been a bit more important city with a castle, so you might think of visiting there.

Knoxville, Tennessee
Destination Expert
for Pigeon Forge
Level Contributor
1,087 posts
61 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Aomori Excursion?

Wow. That's a lot of information. Thanks.

Would you say there is plenty to see on your own either on foot or public transportation or best to take a ship tour? Local guides?

Thanks again

Vancouver, Canada
Destination Expert
for Tohoku, Hokkaido
Level Contributor
6,589 posts
Save Reply
4. Re: Aomori Excursion?

Most of the city sights are “walk-able”.

apic-aomori.jp/english/port/spot_walk.html

From the bus terminal next to the JR station there are buses going to those suburban sites. Aomori Museum of Art is about 20-30 min by bus. Sannai-Maruyama Iseki is near the Museum of Art requiring less than 10 min walk and there is a free shuttle service between the two places. Nebuta-no-sata Museum is about 40 min by bus and Showa Daibutsu is about 45 min.

By train Asamushi Onsen is less than 15 min from Aomori whereas Hirosaki is about 30-40 min away.

We spent a night in Aomori and had almost 2 days to tour the area on our own, yet we could not cover all. For a short stay pick those sites that appeal to you and use public transport as we did. An organized tour may not necessarily include all those places that you prefer. If money is not a concern, perhaps you can hire a taxi to drive you around.

Knoxville, Tennessee
Destination Expert
for Pigeon Forge
Level Contributor
1,087 posts
61 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Aomori Excursion?

I think you just saved our group of four the cost of shore excursions on the ship. This last site gives a good feel about the layout of the city in relation to the port and helps a lot.

Thanks so much

Marlboro, New Jersey
Level Contributor
209 posts
108 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Aomori Excursion?

So, my question is...how does one get from the cruise port in Aomari to Hirosaki park? I see that there is bus that circles the park, but how do we connect to that?

Thanks,

Karen

Edited: 14 August 2012, 19:49
Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
24,342 posts
123 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Aomori Excursion?

I don't know where your cruise port berth is in Aomori City, but probably you'd be able to get transportation to JR Aomori Station (if not, take a taxi and pay by the meter). Aomori station to Hirosaki station is 40-50 min on local train (650 yen, 3-4 runs per hour), 30 min on ltd exp Tsugaru (1,860 yen, reserved seat, ordinary class).

Walk westwards from Hirosaki station. Ask people around for bus if you don't understand, but I thinks basic information are also written in English as well.

Edited: 14 August 2012, 20:37
Tokyo and California
Destination Expert
for Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Shinjuku, Japan
Level Contributor
24,595 posts
68 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Aomori Excursion?

JR Aomori Station is less than a 2 minute walk from the cruise ship terminal. Take the train to Hirosaki as directed by Yobeekool and take a taxi to the castle. Taxi fare is around 700yen. I wouldn't bother with the bus.

Marlboro, New Jersey
Level Contributor
209 posts
108 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Aomori Excursion?

Thank you, Thank You! I have another annoying question... are the samurai houses within the park as well?

Tokyo, Japan
Level Contributor
24,342 posts
123 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Aomori Excursion?

The preserved Samurai houses quarter called Nakamachi (仲町) is just outside the castle park at the northern end. After seeing the Tenshu (main tower), proceed to the North Gate (北門 or Kikkomon 亀甲門 perhaps pronounced Kamenokomon locally). Cross the moat by bridge and go into the preserved quarter. The other area worthy of note is Zenringai (禅林街) and Shin-Teramachi (新寺町 I think it's called so) in the southern district of the castle, with dozens of temples in one district.

hirosaki.co.jp/htcb/…joukamachi.html

hirosaki.co.jp/images/…2011guidemap01.pdf

Edited: 14 August 2012, 23:05
Get answers to your questions about Aomori