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Mt Hakkoda

Mt Hakkoda


Posted By on Jul 9, 2016

  Aomori’s “Snow Monsters” come to life during the infamous Tsugaru winter on Mt. Hakkoda. Although they are concentrated far atop the summit, visitors can gracefully ascend up the mountain on a local gondola lift known as the Hakkoda Ropeway.   The world’s largest gondola lift manufacturer, a division of Austrian-Swiss Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, built the Hakkoda Ropeway in 2003. The main terminal is located at the base of...

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Day 1   Honolulu – Narita Our departure was on Memorial Day so that lines were short both at ANA check-in counter and the security check point.  Our flight took off on time too.  Here we come, Japan! Day 2  Narita – Shinjuku Immigration at Narita Airport was also surprisingly smooth, and we arrived at Keio Plaza Hotel before 7pm. How lucky we were!   Even though we were tired, most of us went out browsing the west side of...

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Aloha! Tour Escort William here to report on our tour to the Tohoku region of Japan to enjoy the blooming Sakura Cherry Blossoms. Our tour began with our arrival in Sendai and transferring to our first destination Matsushima, one of Japan’s great Three scenic points. Our first stop was to the Shiogama Fish Market in neighboring Shiogama city. Shiogama is famous for having the most Sushi Restaurants per capita in Japan. We were...

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Hirosaki Castle is the quintessential jewel of the Tsugaru region. Every spring over 2 million people from all over Japan flock to the castle grounds to witness Aomori prefecture’s famous cherry blossom festival.     The three-storied castle structure (resembling a turret) was originally built in the Edo Period and normally sits on the corner of the inner citadel. However, recently it’s been moved to allow construction...

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Aomori Showa Daibutsu

Aomori Showa Daibutsu


Posted By on May 6, 2016

Although the Daibutsu (lit: Giant Buddha) of Nara is considered the most famous, the distinction of the tallest seated Daibutsu goes to Aomori Prefecture’s bronze Showa Daibutsu. Towering at over 70 feet and weighing 220 tons it’s approximately the height of the White House and the weight of over 100 American sized cars. Isolated on the outskirts of Aomori City, the Showa Daibutsu gracefully overlooks the eastern part of the city....

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