Tachineputa no Yakata (Tachineputa Museum)
Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival is one of the four largest summer festivals held between August 4th and 8th. At the Tachineputa no Yakata, three real tachineputa are exhibited. The three neputa begin their parade from the museum.
The exhibition hall is an atrium with an incline around the 23-meter (75 feet) tachineputa so visitors can see it from top to down. Footage from the festival is shown at the exhibition hall. Additionally, visitors can see the making of the tachineputa at the production studio.
The gallery of the museum holds paintings from artists with connection to Aomori. The museum also has a souvenir shop, a restaurant, an observation lounge, and an experiencing room where visitors can make kingyo neputa (goldfish neputa).
Experiencing the Making of Tachineputa
At the Tachineputa production studio, visitors can experience making the tachineputa, including pasting the paper and coloring. Applications can be made on the day of the visit.
*Available for a limited time (Mid-April to Mid-June)
*Advance reservation required for groups larger than 10 people.
- Telephone Number
- Opening Times
[Tachineputa Exhibition Hall/Art Gallery]
(April~September) 9:00~19:00, (October~March) 9:00~17:00
August 4th ~ 8th 9:00~17:00, August 13th 9:00~19:00, December 31st 9:00~15:00
- January 1st (May be open. Contact us for details)
Shayokan: Dazai Osamu Memorial Museum
This is a roof purline building built by Gen-emon Tsushima (Osamu Dazai’s father), who was a large landowner during the Meiji Era. Work was completed in June 1907. Cypress wood was used for all structures, including the rice storehouse. It has 11 rooms with an approximate area of 917 square meters on the first floor, and 8 rooms with an approximate area of 383 square meter on the 2nd floor. It is a grand mansion extending over an area of approximately 2244 square meters, with attached buildings and a Japanese garden with ponds.
Tsuru-no-Mai Bridge passes over the Tsugaru Fujimi Lake with a reflection of Mt. Iwaki. The bridge, with total length of the bridge is 300 meters, is the Japan’s longest triple arch wooden bridge. It was built using more than 700 Aomori Hiba, especially those of over 150-year old, for bridge girder by Japan’s architectural technique from old days.
The bridge view looks like as if crane is flying with background of Mt Iwaki. Also it is said that visitors who walks across the bridge will have a long life.
World Heritage Site, Shirakami Sanchi
Shirakami Sanchi is a general term used to refer to the massive 130,000ha (501 square miles) mountainous land extended over Aomori and Akita prefecture. In December 1993, it became the first Japanese World Heritage Site along Yakushima in Kagoshima prefecture. There are only four natural heritage sites in Japan: Shirakami Sanchi of Aomori and Akita; Yakushima of Kagoshima; Shiretoko of Hokkaido; and Ogasawara Islands of Tokyo.
Shirakami Sanchi has been sheltered from human influence, maintaining its original shape with massive primeval beech trees. The forests of Shirakami Sanchi are home to precious rare animals and plants such as black woodpeckers and golden eagles.
Enjoying the Nature of Grand Shirakami Sanchi
In the towns of Fukaura or Ajigasawa, and the village of Nishimeya there are a few of the entrances to the forests of Shirakami Sanchi in Aomori. Visitors can climb mountains, trek through the beech forest, or meet locals around Shirakami Sanchi. This type of green tourism where visitors meet with nature and people is gaining popularity.
Some popular locations for visiting the Shirakami Sanchi are the Anmon Waterfall in Nishimeya-mura, the mother tree of Tsugaru Toge (Tsugaru pass), the Kurokuma Waterfall in Ajigasawa, and Lake Juniko in Fukaura.
Shirakami Sanchi Visitor Center
Visitors can learn about the natural environment of Shirakami Sanchi and its relation with people.
|Address||61-1 Kanda Tashiro Nishimeya-mura Nakatsugaru-gun Aomori-ken 036-1411|
|Dates Closed||April through December – Every second Monday (the following day when it falls on a holiday)|
December 29th to January 3rd
|Admission Fee||Free(There is a charge for viewing large screen films)|
This facility has a general information center, onsen (hot spring), cottages, camp sites, and large play areas.
|Address||417 Okawazoe Kawaratai Nishimeya Aomori-ken 036-1424|
|Dates Closed||Closed from mid-January to April|
|Admission Fee||Free(There is a fee for onsen, restaurants, and lodging)|
Senjojiki Coast, facing to the Sea of Japan, is a bedrock beach formed with the uplifting of land due to an earthquake in 1792. The rock shelf of approximately 12 kilometers, on which the lord of the area had 1,000 tatami mats laid out for a party, sweeps along the coast.
Visitors can enjoy the view from JR’s resort train “Resort Shirakami”, which will slow down when it comes to close the coast.
The view at sunset time is magnificent and is selected as one of the “100 best sunsets in Japan”.
Koganezaki Furofushi Onsen Hotel
Furofushi Onsen Hotel is an onsen (hot spring) hotel, famous for its outdoor bath on the Kogane peninsula which protrudes into the Sea of Japan. The name, Furofushi, comes from a saying “if I take care of myself here, I would never age or grow weaker.” It has received great amounts of media attention and is a popular tourist spot.
Though various lodging plans are available, the most recommended is the Cooking Up Plan where guests can select the main course of either grilled abalone or Aomori grown beef steak.
Day trips are available, however sunset bathing is limited to overnight guests. There is a mixed bath and a female-only bath to accommodate female guests not comfortable with mixed baths. Every Saturday from 20:00, guests can enjoy a live Tsugaru shamisen performance. A local gourmet dish, Fukaura tuna steak bowl can be savored at our hotel restaurant.
Hot Spring Water Composition / Sodium, calcium, magnesium
Hot Spring Benefits / Nerve pain, back pain, rheumatism, cuts, and skin diseases
A Spectacular Feeling of Freedom
The seashore outdoor bath “Umibeno Rotenburo” offers a magnificent view and feeling of becoming one with the beach. There are no night lights, thus bathing is limited from sunrise to sunset. Sunset is the most popular time for visitors to enjoy this bath. Looking out to the horizon and listening to the ocean waves never fails to be a relaxing experience. The hot spring contains plenty of sodium and iron, which makes the water brown and effectively warms our bodies.
- Telephone Number
- Opening Times
- [One Day Onsen]
Main Building 8:00~21:00(Final Admission 20:00)
New Building 10:30~14:00(Final Admission 13:30)
(Umibeno Rotenburo, Seashore outdoor bath)8:00~16:00(Final Admission 15:30)
[Main Building Restaurant]
10:30~19:00(Last Order 18:30)