Behind the Scenes of Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori: All About the Nebuta Masters

The Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori Prefecture is probably one of the many festivals in Japan that is not associated with any religious ceremony or temple; and the brain behind the creation of each float—the nebuta-shi—is responsible in overseeing the production of the festival floats from the beginning to the end. He comes up with the…

5 Tasty Aomori Dishes To Warm You Up in the Winter!

Winter months in Japan can get quite cold and the same goes for Aomori Prefecture! But don’t worry because Aomori has some of the best food to warm you up in this cold winter season. The prefecture is a bounty place for marine resources which makes a good match for its local dishes. Read on…

Experience the Nebuta Festival at the Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum, Aomori

Rasse, rasse, rasse ra! That’s what you hear when the street performers of Aomori are inviting everyone to join the Nebuta Matsuri (Nebuta festival) every August. But, for people who cannot afford to take part in the festivities, there’s still a chance to experience the Nebuta Matsuri throughout the year at the Nebutaya Wa Rasse…

Get a Taste of Aomori at These 3 Restaurants

The Prefecture of Aomori is defined not only by the beauty of its landscapes and mountains that give anyone who visits the area a sense of tranquility, but also by its colorful festivals and unique flavors. Just about 3.5 hours from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train), visitors of this northern province have a chance to…

Want to Go Hiking in Aomori? Follow the Trail of the Oirase River!

Just a two-hour car drive away from Aomori City, and you’re on your way to a relaxing getaway in the upstream region of the Oirase River. Past the farmland are green thickets of forest that protects the river from bank erosion. The Oirase River channels the water of Lake Towada into the Pacific Ocean, and…

Take a Step into the Afterlife at Eerie Mount Osore

There are three most sacred places in Japan: Mount Osore (Osorezan), Koyasan and Hieizan. Among the three, Osorezan, translated to “Fear Mountain,” is considered as the “gateway to hell.”   The place has a peculiar and strange feeling making tourists uneasy and wanting to leave the place as soon as they get there. This is…

Fabulous Rice Paddy Art in Aomori

Rice is synonymous with Japan, people cannot think of Japan or Japanese food without thinking of rice. However you may not think of rice, and then think of works of art. But in Japan, rice can be art. The Rice Art Village The village of Inakadate in Aomori is a small area, with a population…

Iwaki-san, Jewel of the Tsugaru Peninsula

Iwaki-san, Tsugaru Author’s photo When most people think of Japan, Mount Fuji is immediately brought to mind. While Fuji-san is a beautiful and iconic place to visit, it is not Japan’s only picturesque mountain. Mount Iwaki, which is located near the Tsugaru Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, is a fantastic location to see if you plan…