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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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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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This was a most memorable trip… We had the best seats in the house to view Japan’s premier fireworks festival. Nagaoka, Honolulu’s sister city, assisted us in getting the best seats to view “The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival”. There are no words to describe this fabulous festival with 20,000 fireworks munitions. Over 520,000 people came to see this festival from all over Japan including us from Hawaii! We...

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Located in Hachinohe, the southeastern area of Aomori Prefecture, Ne Castle is certainly not well known by tourists. Right outside the JR station, you’ll find a bus that will take your directly to the castle within 15 minutes. Ne Castle is unique and unlike any other, so I really recommend a visit if you’re already out that way. Built in 1334 by Moroyuki Nanbu, Ne Castle was established as the center of imperial government in the...

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Grown out of the Tanabata festival tradition of lantern lighting are the hugely popular nebuta/neputa festivals.   The two biggest festivals of this type are located in Aomori and Hirosaki in Northern Honshu Japan and they both take place in early August. Happening rain or shine, the Aomori Nebuta festival attracts over 3 million visitors each year, making it the biggest Nebuta festival in the world. Watch large brightly lit Nebutas...

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Mount Osore (恐山), or Osorezan, is one of the most sacred places in Japan along with Mount Koya and Mount Hiei. It was established as such in 862 AD by Jikakutaishi a Buddhist monk. Located in a center of the remote Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, it is not an actual mountain, but rather a caldera volcano. At 879 meters high, its last eruption was recorded in 1787. However, there has been slight volcanic activity throughout...

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