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Cruises to Aomori

Aomori (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com)
Aomori (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.com)

About Aomori

Set in a bay at the north of Japan's main island of Honshu and framed by mountains, Aomori is a city of nearly 300,000. The history of humans in the area goes back thousands of years. The Sannai-Maruyama historic site has reconstructions of settlements dating to at least 2,000 B.C., and the region's famous copper-colored pottery has a 2,000-year history. However, most of Aomori was destroyed in World War II, and has since been rebuilt.

The region is home to several rowdy summer festivals that wheel huge, illuminated floats through the streets. You can see examples of the floats in museums in both Aomori and Hirosaki.

The surrounding area is famous for apples and, as the region produces nearly 50 percent of Japan's apple crop, you'll find lots of goodies made with apples. All the apple orchards are thanks to out-of-work samurai, who started growing apples when the feudal era ended. Aomori is also known for scallop fishing and a soup called keno-jiru, which contains 34 local ingredients.

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Why go to Aomori?

Pros:

Pro: Amazing summer festival floats and stunning cherry blossoms

Cons:

Con: Not a lot to do in the city itself, which was destroyed during World War II

Bottom Line:

Bottom Line: If you time it right for the cherry blossoms or the summer festivals, it's spectacular

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency in Aomori is the Japanese yen. For up-to-date currency conversion figures, visit www.xe.com. The best way to get cash is to use an ATM at a convenience store. Look for a 7-Eleven, Lawson's or Family Mart. You'll find plenty of them in the city center, about 10 minutes from the port.

Language?

Japanese is Aomori's official language. Some younger people and those at tourist attractions will likely know some English, but there are fewer English speakers than in other major Japanese cities.


Aomori Cruise Reviews

Diamond Princess
Caltrotter
Sail Date: Jul 2018
Had a Highlights of Aomori excursion then we went back on our own. The shuttle service for a reasonable fee provided by PCL is priceless and forward-thinking. We were able to go back to the town to watch the... Read More
YoungFemaleSingleCruiser
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Ship organised tour to Hirosaki gardens. Sooo many cherry blossoms near a nice little music museum and market. A little cold, but a great day out!... Read More
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