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AOMORI, JAPAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Today we are in Aomori which is on the northern coast of Honshu, the main island of Japan. The harbor is beautiful. It is large with several large breakwaters. There is a large beautiful suspension bridge crossing the bay and a large triangle building right on the shoreline which houses up scale shopping.
We took ...
... 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 ...
First time that we travelled with the high speed shinkansen from Tokyo to Aomori in the north of the main island. The Japan Rail Pass is a beautiful invention for tourists, as it allows to use almost all trains of JR (Japan Railway company). At every station you can make seat reservations free of charge. This is very recommended as the ...
... look as the water started and stopped as I was taking pictures.
I have to admit.....I really liked the cute little statues of the kid Buddhas.
This was a nice side trip and definitely a "must see" for those of us in northern Japan.
Not many Japanese adventures left!