Our journey takes us to the Mutsu Bay, the location of the modern and populous coastal city of Aomori. The climate resembles cruises to Northern Europe: short cool summers, cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Aomori is the terminus of the Tohoku Shinkansen, one of the high-speed railway lines famous for punctuality: the bullet train only takes 3 hours and 23 minutes to travel 674 km to Tokyo! Inhabited since prehistoric times, Aomori has archaeological sites within walking distance from a futuristic skyline. Its cosy oriental charm includes features that range from maritime tourism to shore excursions to the mountains as well as museums and spas (“onsen”). You should also visit the Asamushi Aquarium, which contains 11,000 marine organisms and over 500 species of rare aquatic animals.
Not to be missed:
Asamushi Aquarium Asamushi Onsen
Aomori and Munakata Shiki art museums
Sannai-Maruyama archaeological site and Hakkoda volcanic mountain range