Let's explore the area around Aomori station to learn some of the history of this interesting city. See the ferry that used to carry trains and passengers to Hokkaido. Visit the oldest shrine in Aomori city. Shop for local delicacies. Try some of the local sake.
We'll meet in the lobby.
Learn about the Aomori - Hakodate ferry and Nebuta, the largest summer festival in Aomori city. Wander through A Factory to see local goods. This is a great place to do some souvenir shopping. Afterwards, we'll stroll along the seaside boardwalk to our next stop.
This shrine has a 1200 year old history and is the oldest in Aomori city. There is a lovely garden and huge pond stocked with koi, turtles and visiting ducks. Feel free to buy some food for the koi and turtles. You may also see some of the local cats lurking around. Tucked away in a corner is the resident dragon.
Here you can enjoy a plate of local delicacies and four tasting glasses of sake or wine. A vegetarian (but NOT vegan) plate can be provided on request. Please note, this shop is closed on Sundays. Instead, we will have a light lunch at a 'kisaten'; an old Japanese coffee shop. These are not so common anymore.
I can take you back to your hotel or give advice on where to go next!
Your hotel or another place, on request.
On this tour, you will see places of interest in the area around Aomori station. I will talk about the history and culture of Aomori. You will have the opportunity to try Japanese sake and local Aomori delicacies. And you will have time to do some souvenir shopping if you like.
Hotel pick up
I can't work every Monday or Saturday; twice a month I have other commitments. Also, I'm not available during winter - December to March.
This is a walking tour so please wear comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for the season. It can get quite hot and humid in summer so a hat might be useful. Don't forget your water bottle!
Most Japanese shops are cash only, so please make sure you have Japanese yen on hand.