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Tourist Point <Points of Interest within a Stroll from the New Central Pier>
map Points of Interest within a Stroll from the New Central Pier Seikan Channel Steamer Memorial Ship Hakkōda-maru A-FACTORY Festival City Auga Furukawa market Aoi Umi Kōen (Blue Ocean Park) Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center Utō Shrine Aomori Prefectural Museum
Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center
写真 A triangular building fashioned into the “A” of “Aomori”. An information center is available during hours, and there are shops and restaurants selling Aomori’s signature agricultural products and specialty goods. The 13th floor observatory has a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Aomori city, Mt. Hakkōda, and Mutsu Bay.
Aoi Umi Kōen (Blue Ocean Park)
写真 This park is in the best location for gazing at the sea, just behind ASPAM and right on the bay. The park has many terraces and benches for looking out over the bay, so visitors can enjoy a relaxing walk by the water while the sea breeze gently blows by.
問合せ先:青森県東青地域県民局地域整備部 青森港管理所
Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkōda-maru
写真 The first of its kind in Japan, the Seikan Channel Steam museum, housed in the ferry Hakkōda-maru, is a tribute to the railway ferries which traversed the Tsugaru Strait. You can see the ship’s original engine room and bridge from 1964.
A-FACTORY
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http://www.jre-abc.co.jp/
(JR East Co., Ltd., Aomori Commercial Development)
The place to go to enjoy Aomori’s finest in cuisine and buy local produce and processed goods. Next door is the Aomori apple cider factory, and visitors can appreciate the allure of Aomori’s foods on the bustling promenade.
Nebuta House Wa-Rasse
写真 A facility where visitors can enjoy the Aomori Nebuta festival all year long. The 5 award-winning lantern floats from Nebuta are on display, and the “Touch Nebuta” corner allows visitors to see and participate in the inner workings and processes involved in building a Nebuta lantern float.
Festival City Auga (Lower Level: Fresh Market)
写真 A comprehensive facility consisting of a fresh market, shopping mall, and community plaza. The undisturbed vitality of the lower level market is where you can try some of Aomori’s flavors that are just too good to miss; in-season seafood line the shops, restaurants, cafeterias, and sushi bars.
Furukawa market
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http://www.acci.or.jp/nokkedon/index.html
(Furukawa Market “Nokke” Rice Bowl)
Furukawa market is Aomori city residents’ kitchen and is comprised of three shopping centers: Aomori Gyosai (Fish & Vegetable) center, Aomori Kōeki (Public interest) center, and the Aomori Fresh Foods center. Aomori’s most famous products—tuna, scallops, and apples—are just the beginning of these centers’ lineup. They offer a bounty of foods at a reasonable price. The Gyosai center has invented the “Nokke” Rice Bowl, a rice bowl on which you pile on only the freshest seafood of your choice and the shops of your choice.
Aomori Prefectural Museum
写真 There are substantial archaeological exhibits, beginning with a collection of artifacts excavated from the Sannai-Maruyama archaeological site. Not only are there informational materials about Aomori’s history and folk culture, but also fine arts in the special planning exhibit. The stately exterior of the old headquarters of Aomori Bank is now used to house the museum, which is a recognized as a national tangible cultural asset.
Utō Shrine
写真 The humble birthplace of Aomori city is here, around Utō Shrine. Aomori was formerly called Utō, and a feudal Counselor named Yasukata is said to have conquered the land and built this shrine. The shrine was the final stop of the Ōshū Kaidō, the northernmost of the historical “Five Routes of Edo.” It spanned from Nihonbashi in Tokyo to Utō Shrine. There is a monument to commemorate it on the pathway to the shrine.

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