Things to do in Aomori/Higashitsugaru
- Age 5～
Retro shopping street walking tour & dinner at 100-year-old restaurant Tour Highlights： ✔ Explore sake breweries, traditional storehouses and scenic streets ✔ Enjoy a delicious meal of Japanese cuisine ✔ Visit traditional fine-dining restaurant with over 100 years of history Kuroshi City is the heart of old Tsugaru! Your guide will take you on a trip through time as you explore sake breweries, traditional storehouses and scenic streets retaining the nostalgic atmoshere of a time gone by. For dinner, enjoy a delicious meal of Japanese cuisine as you look out over an illuminated Japanese garden at ‘Fujimikan’, a traditional fine-dining restaurant with over 100 years of history. 15：00 Pick-up from hotel (in central Aomori City) by private taxi（around 60 mins） 16：00 Walking tour of ‘Komise’ street in Kuroishi（Explore sake brewery, storehouses etc. with your guide)（60 mins） 17：00 Dinner at ‘Fujimikan’ 18：30 Depart Fujimikan by private taxi 19：30 Arrive back at Aomori hotel（60 mins） == Fee per person (including taxi) by number of guests: 2 pax: 34,000JPY 3-4 pax: 25,000JPY 5-8 pax: 20,000JPY
- Age 5～
Level-up your shrine game with a blessing and etiquette lesson at local shrine with 'Nebuta' lanterns Tour Highlights： ✔ Learn the proper etiquette to make a prayer ✔ Occasion to see the light of paper lanterns designed by 'Nebuta' creators ✔ Receiving a cup of 'omiki' (ceremonial sake) ✔ Receive an original wooden amulet At Hirota Shrine in Nagashima, Aomori City, learn the proper etiquette to make a prayer before receiving a blessing from the chief priest under the light of paper lanterns designed by ‘Nebuta’ creators. Finish by receiving a cup of ‘omiki’ (ceremonial sake). As a momento of your spiritual experience, you will also receive an original wooden amulet from Hirota Shrine, as well as a book for collecting ‘Goshuin’ (temple stamps). 17：00 Meet at Hirota Shrine 17：30 Practice etiquette of visiting a shrine （15 mins） 17：50 Prayer and blessing experience （40 mins） 18：40 Receive ‘Omiki’ (ceremonial sake) （20 mins） 19：00 Program ends at Hirota Shrine == ★ 28,000 JPY per pax (minimum 2 persons) **Tour is available between Jan.10～Dec.20, except Wednesdays
- Age 5～
Dress as a priest or 'Miko' (maiden) and experience the routine of a Shinto Shrine Tour Highlights： ✔ Change into traditional clothing ✔ Practice etiquette of visiting a shrine ✔ Join the Shinto morning cleaning activities Experience dressing as a Shinto Priest or 'Miko' (Shrine Maiden) at Hirota Shrine in Aomori City. After paying a visit to the shrine, join the Shinto morning cleaning activities that take place at shrines everyday! Capture the experience by taking some photos at the shrine before changing back into your clothes. 8:30 Meet at Hirota Shrine 8:40 Change into traditional clothing (Shinto Priest or Shrine Mainden) (30 mins) 9:10 Practice etiquette of visiting a shrine (explanation from priest) （15 mins） 9:30 Cleaning of shrine grounds （30 mins） 10:00 Take pictures and change. End of program. == ★ 9,000 JPY per pax (minimum 2 persons) **Tour is available between Jan.10～Dec.20, except Wednesdays
- Age 5～
Experience the music and dance of Aomori's largest festival at a local restaurant! Tour Highlights： ✔ Enjoy entertainment includes Aomori folksong, Shamisen and 'Haneto' dance ✔ Experience Nebuta festival ✔ Taste a meal of local cuisine and drinks! ✔ This is a convenient taxi plan 18:30 Your guide will meet you at your hotel. （Move to restaurant by taxi/walk） 18:45 Arrive at restaurant. Enjoy a meal of local cuisine and drinks! 19:00 Special entertainment begins!! Join in the fun! Entertainment includes Aomori folksong, Shamisen and ‘Haneto’ dance from the Nebuta festival. 20:00 Return to hotel by taxi / walk. End of program. == 16,000 JPY per pax (min. 2 persons)
- Age 20～
Choose your favorite sake from specialty store and go drinking with the owner! Tour Highlights： ✔ Enjoy a tasting session of local sake ✔ Walk to a local yakitori place with Mr. Garman, store owner as your guide ✔ Enjoy some delicious yakitori with your chosen sake 16：00 Enjoy a tasting session of local sake at a sake specialty store. Store owner, Mr. Garman, will give you some tips and advice about which varieties pair well with 'yakitori' (grilled skewers). Choose a bottle of your favouirite to take with you to dinner! Walk to a local yakitori place with Mr. Garman as your guide. 17：00 'Kampai!' (Cheers!) Enjoy some delicious yakitori with your chosen sake - how do they pair? Learn more about sake and Aomori from fun conversation with Mr. Garman! 18：00 Program ends at yakitori restaurant (don't drink too much!!) == 7,000 JPY per pax (min. 2 persons) **Tour is available between Jan.10～Dec.25.
- Age 5～Age 90
Experience Four of Japan’s Largest Summer Festivals Tour Highlights： ✔ Experience FOUR of Japan’s largest and most exciting Summer festivals ✔ Join the parade at Aomori's 'Nebuta Matsuri' ✔ Private transport and English speaking guide ✔ Local Japanese cuisine (Vegetarian catering upon request) August in Tohoku is hot and the Summer festivals even hotter! Tohoku is home to some of Japan’s most dynamic and exciting Summer events and traditions. Prepare to dance, chant and get lost in the hypnotic rhythm of taiko drums… Your adventure starts with the colourful ornate festival floats of Hachinohe City’s ‘Sansha Tasai’ festival, the perfect warm-up for the next night of celebrations at Tohoku’s most famous summer festival, Aomori City’s Nebuta Matsuri! Forget watching from the sidelines, here you will transform into a local Haneto dancer and JOIN the parade with the Aomori locals. Next up is the incredible spectacle of Akita’s Kanto Matsuri (Pole lantern festival) where festival performers balance 12 metre high poles adorned with close to 50 lanterns on their foreheads, shoulders, hands…you name it! Your summer festival journey will wrap up in Tohoku’s capital city, Sendai, during ‘Tanabata’ (Star Festival).
- Age 5～Age 90
Experience two of Japan's biggest summer festivals! Tour Highlights： ✔ See the colourful and vibrant floats of Hachinohe's 'Sansha Taisai' festival! ✔ Don't just watch, JOIN the incredible Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori City! ✔ Visit Japan's largest morning market! ✔ Enjoy local Japanese cuisine and sake tasting along the way! Forget whatever you’ve heard about the Tohoku locals being quiet and shy…grab your dancing shoes and get ready to party at two of Japan’s most exciting summer festivals! The tour will kick-off in Eastern Aomori Prefecture, Hachinohe City, known for the vibrant colourful floats of its ‘Sansha Taisai’ festival. But don’t party too hard, as the next morning you’ll be up with the sparrows to explore the 400+ stalls of local food and novelties at Japan’s largest morning market, Tatehana Wharf Morning Market (as seen on ‘Abroad in Japan’). Next you’ll move to the prefectural capital, Aomori City, for the tour highlight: the world-famous Nebuta Matsuri! Here you won’t just watch from the sidelines…you’ll dress in traditional costume and join the hundreds of ‘Haneto’ dancers, dancing behind the incredible 3D lantern floats.