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Nebuta Matsuri, Aomori

It's all about the bells for the author at the Nebuta Matsuri, held in Aomori the first week of August. It's said that they bring happiness, and who wouldn't want that?

Seiryu-ji Temple, Aomori

Near Aomori City in Japan's Tohoku region, Seiryu-ji is a recently founded Buddhist temple in a tranquil natural setting, home to the country's largest seated bronze Buddha statue.


Oma, the most northern point of Honshu, offers travelers a glimpse into the lives of what life is like at the edge of the world. 

Memorial Ship Hakkoda-Maru

Built in 1964, the Hakkoda-Maru was a transport ship that carried trains from Aomori, in the north of Honshu Island, to Hakodate, in the south of Hokkaido. Hakkoda-Maru provided services from 1966 until 1988, when the opening of the underwater Seikan Tunnel rendered sea transport less desirable and redundant. Today, the vessel has been transformed into a memorial ship permanently docked at Matsu Bay in Aomori City.