A simple girl who lives in Aomori Prefecture, in the northernmost part of Honshu says ”My sister is always being unfair!” every time she sees her stylish older sister.
While the younger sister is having a break in the apple field with old men, the older sister is eating a waffle at a fancy café.
The older sister is stopping a taxi, but the younger sister is riding a mini truck on a road surrounded by rice fields.
In the evening, while the younger sister is covering her ears because the frogs are crying loudly, the older sister is spending her night at a glamorous club.
It would seem like the older sister moved to Tokyo from the countryside of Aomori … but in fact, they both live in the same house.
This video tells a tale of a younger sister who spends her days in the countryside of Aomori, and an older sister who also lives in Aomori, but spends her days in the downtown area.
You might start doubting “Is there really an urban place like that in Aomori?” when you watch the video.
Aomori does actually have fancy cafés
Starbucks can be found in just about any city, but the Starbucks in Hirosaki City in Aomori Prefecture is something different.
The modern store is in a building that was built in the Taisho period in 1917. It was registered as a place that has historical, artistic, and scientific value to Japan, and it has also been designated as a Tangible Cultural Property. In winter when it is covered in snow in a snowy landscape, it looks so beautiful you have to take a photo of it!
We also recommend Taisho Roman Tea Room, which makes you feel like you have travelled back in time to the Taisho period (1912 – 1926). This shop, which was also used as a model in an anime, sells several types of apple pies from a popular cake shop.
At Café Strauss in Aomori, a certified pastry artisan who has acquired a national certificate in Austria is baking Viennese traditional sweets. The menu includes Sachertorte, a sweet loved by the emperor, cake using fruits from Aomori, special coffee, and so on. Enjoy an elegant coffee time inside this relaxing cafe.
Tourist spots in the urban areas of Aomori
You can sightsee Aomori, without having to go all the way to the countryside.
Aomori is known for the famous Aomori Nebuta Matsuri that is held in the summer, and just one minute by foot from the station there is the Nebuta Museum WARASSE, which is a place where you can experience the charm of Nebuta. There is a popular workshop experience where you can create your own mini Nebuta float.
Around seven minutes by foot from WARASSE there is Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center, which is a characteristic building that is shaped like a triangle. There is an observation deck 51 meters above the ground level, which has a 360-degree panoramic view of the city.
Towada Art Center, located in Towada City, is an excellent place to take photos! There are permanent exhibitions that can only be seen at this museum, as well as exhibitions and such where you can experience latest works of art.
Recommendations for souvenirs to buy from Aomori
Once you are done with sightseeing Aomori, you should buy some delicious souvenirs to take home. We found some stylish souvenirs for young people.
Soft Japanese soufflé cheesecake Asa no Hakkoda, which has even been featured on television, is sold at Arpajo. It is a super popular product that sold 350,000 units in just four days.
For those who are travelling by Shinkansen bullet train, there is a shop even at Shin-Aomori Station, which is the nearest station, so you can easily buy one on your way back home.
The crispy and fun Apple Snack is a sweet that is only available in Aomori. It is a bag full of thin apple slices, that once you start eating you can’t stop!
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