Aomori Kokusai Hotel
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... good tour today. We drove outside of the city to Goshogawara City. It was an hour’s drive through rice fields which were heavy with the ripened grain. Some fields were being harvested. Then we came to the apple orchards. Aomori is the apple capital of Japan. They go several varieties of apples, but the most famous is the Fuji apple. Warning, this ...
... on the move taking 3 months to complete. The castle grounds include multiple moats, bridges, and gates. There is an arboretum and they have the oldest Somei Yoshino Cherry tree in Japan, 130 years old.
From there we returned to the boat for a quick dinner and then headed out to Aomori. Tonight was the start of the Aomori Nebuta festival. They had about 20 lighted floats (mostly traditional designs ...
... definitely run in time. This one is not an express so will take a little longer to get back. During this time we decide to get off one stop before Aomori and go to visit the Special National Historical Site, Sannai-Maruyama. It's a famous archeological site which had been known since the Edo period. Excavation which started in 1992 revealed a large settlement of Early and Middle Jomon Period (5500 to 4000 years ago). Pit dwellings, pillar supported ...
... like giant concrete jacks on the open water side. There is space around the "jacks" that allow items to be washed in and become trapped. I've found a number of floats trapped in these areas and Saturday is was another good harvest.
I didn't take any pictures of where I found my floats.....it's pretty nasty and also a bit of a workout ...
Nevertheless we enjoyed a very nice meal, we tried 3 different sake and tasted the fresh sashimi of our seat neighbor from their catch of today a delicious dorade.
Then to the festival itself. Its name is Nebuta Matsuri (link)
Thousands of people along the 4 km long route where the big carts are ...