Japan is a country worth checking in many times. I went there many times this year to experience the beauty of the four seasons and check in some destinations in depth.
I have visited Kansai before, and Nagoya, Shoryudo, etc. can be regarded as a successful Kansai trip!
We are still unfinished, this time we plan to experience the first snow in Tohoku in Japan in winter.
The six prefectures in Tohoku include Aomori, Yamagyo, Iwate, Fukushima, Miyagi, and Akita.
I have left the six prefectures in Tohoku, Japan. Every season, there are beautiful scenery that attracts me and I can visit in depth.
The colorful autumn is over, and the snowy winter is full.
The winter scenery in Northeast Japan is no worse than Hokkaido.
However, there are not many tourists, and consumption is more friendly to the people than Hokkaido.
Think about it after the winter, in the spring and summer of the coming year, you can still experience the cherry blossoms flying in the sky, and the best Japanese cuisine in Northeast Japan, and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the six counties in the Northeast.
Japan multiple visa
There is no need to apply for a visa to travel to Japan. The conditions for obtaining a three-year and five-year multiple visa for Japan were troublesome. The new visa policy issued in May last year has not only reduced the difficulty. There are also no destination restrictions, and travel and business visits to relatives and friends bring great convenience. And if you enter the six northeastern prefectures and Okinawa for the first time and stay for one night, multiple visas are better.
Visa benefits are greatly beneficial. For travel enthusiasts like us who like to run around the world, and especially like to be “repeat visitors” with beautiful scenery, it is simply a one-time application, and it will be worry-free for several years.
As the saying goes, time is money. For tourists, time is not only money, but also means that you can go to more places and see more beautiful scenery.
Think about hot springs, cherry blossoms, and the charm of Kyoto everywhere. If your friends also like to be “repeat customers”, you must do one for this multi-year visa, listen to me! The price/performance ratio is beyond imagination!
Meet Aomori and Akita at first sight
This is my third trip to Tohoku, Japan, to visit an interesting hot spring trip in winter.
Yes, Japanese hot spring bathing in winter is the most enjoyable experience.
Then join our travel notes to experience the special hot springs in Aomori and Akita prefectures in Tohoku, Japan.
That’s right! Next, let me briefly introduce the travel locations Aomori and Akita!
Regarding the official statement of Aomori, it is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu Island in Japan. It ranks eighth in Japan in terms of land area and is adjacent to Iwate and Akita prefectures. Let’s see what else in Aomori!
Canola garlic is the best in Japan! Apple Japan is number one! Halibut squid is also number one in Japan! Longevity Prefecture in Japan! Known as the “food treasure house” of the Japanese nation!
Did the foodies hear the words “Food Treasure Treasure”, and feel that there is a small universe of thief in their stomachs? !
Don’t worry! In fact, these are small cases! In Aomori, with a forest coverage of nearly 70%, the most memorable thing about it is its authentic beauty.
Bai Juyi said, “The world will end in April, and the peach blossoms in Sanji will begin to bloom.” If used in Aomori, it should be “April will end in cherry blossoms and Aomori will begin to bloom.”
Because of the climate, the cherry blossoms in Aomori only bloom from April to May every year. Only Aomori is the only cherry blossom in that time period.
That’s why it created the longest cherry blossom avenue in Aomori in Japan, and a pink moat that is “wonderland”.
In addition to cherry blossoms, Aomori also has the World Heritage Shirakami Mountain, the twelve lakes comparable to jewels, the most beautiful Oirase Creek in Japan, etc… Even if you wander around and watch the flowers, there are countless beautiful scenery along the way! I can’t praise it too much!
Just go with me and take a look! There are seven days before and after this journey, regardless of time, but only by location.
of course! Definitely pick the fun ones that are worth talking about, and say more!
Here We Go!
The smirking “Akita”!
There must have been this nasty smiling dog in your emoji pack. The grin of the Mengjian Healing series bears on many people’s smiles.
Like many people, I confuse Shiba Inu and Akita Inu at first, and then I realized that the star of our emoji is Shiba Inu.
The real Akita is much taller than the Shiba Inu. Remember the “Faithful Dog Hachiko”? It is the Akita Inu, and where does the Akita Inu specialize? Of course it is Akita Prefecture. The first place I want to talk about is “Kakunodate” in Akita Prefecture.
How to reach Kakunodate
How to get to Tohoku from the country, the most convenient way to visit Akita and Aomori?
In fact, the most convenient airports in the six prefectures in Northeast Japan are Sendai Airport, Akita Airport, and Aomori Airport. You can choose from.
It is most suitable to land in Sendai. You can book a JR PASS East Japan Tohoku region 5-day rail pass in China.
For transportation, you can use the JR PASS East Japan Tohoku Region 5-day Rail Pass to travel to many counties in the Tohoku region.
We chose Air China CA155 to fly from Shanghai to Sendai and arrive at Sendai at 14:25 in the afternoon.
Redeem the JR PASS East Japan Tohoku region 5-day rail pass at the Sendai Airport Visitor Center.
Then take the Shinkansen to Akita Kakunodate.
When transferring at Sendai Station, the famous Date’s beef tongue set meal is set.
Date beef tongue, full of elasticity, tender and delicious, with endless aftertaste.
There are three famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Northeast Japan. Akita Kakunokan is one of them. It is also called “Olu-Kyoto”. There are a large number of Edo-style buildings in the city. The martial arts residence that has flourished since the Edo period is now the label of Kakunodate.
Remarks: The transportation to Kakunodate is very convenient. You can reach Kakunodate Station on the Shinkansen. You can walk to the famous Kakunodate Samurai Street in 10 to 1 minutes.
To talk about what to see here, Kakunodate’s cherry blossom avenue in spring and the maple season in autumn and winter are one of the biggest attractions in Kakunodate.
The two-kilometer-long avenue of weeping cherry blossoms and the two-kilometer-long sakura avenue protruding out of the house is one of the top ten cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. Cherry blossom viewing there is perfect, and Japanese people prefer to visit Kakunodate during the seasons of spring, autumn and winter.
In addition to the natural beauty, Kakunodate also has historic samurai houses, such as the Aoyagi and Ishiguro houses. The remaining samurai will be open to the public for visits, cultural relics, etc. It is just like Kakunodate’s historical and cultural exhibition hall. . You can see old armors, weapons, etc. Of course, every samurai house is a very beautiful Japanese garden.
The Aoyagi House is the largest, and the Ishiguro House is the oldest surviving building in Kakunodate. What is even more surprising is that there are descendants of the Ishiguro family living inside. What is it like to live in a two or three hundred year old house?
Kakunodate, full of natural power, is suitable for viewing all year round. There are also many traditional folklore activities, such as “tuna dance”, mountain decoration festival and so on. This is what I value every time I go to a place: I can see more and have more opportunities to experience the local culture.
Kakunodate does not have much urban hustle and bustle. When the surroundings are changing with each passing day, it still maintains its simple and ancient traditional taste.
PS: Kakunodate is suitable for one-day trips, and the Shinkansen trains are frequent and convenient. If you want to stay in a hotel, you can also choose to live here with a lot of folk customs.
As for the food eaten in Kakunodate, there are many special stalls.
Selling a variety of homemade food snacks, such as red bean paste pastry, Bichini chicken parent-child rice bowl, etc., taste good.
Of course, the most famous ones are the Bhinei chicken parent-child rice bowl and hot pot. There are many Bhinei chicken parent-child restaurants in Kakunodate.
The chicken is very tender. Whether it is a rice bowl or a small hot pot, the gravy is tender and delicious.
I also met a small stall owner who had played hip hop records warmly.
In the cold weather, the proprietress gave us peanut crackers, matcha, sweet potatoes dipped in miso, and oranges from the season.
I really appreciate the warm reception of the boss.
Sakura wood crafting experience
Be a guest master, make a “face” craft!
After seeing the martial arts house and experiencing the cherry blossom and maple leaf season in the quaint and elegant Kojo Kakunodate, you can also experience a craft here-“bark handcraft experience”!
The craftsmanship of bark is called “birch craftsmanship”, “birch” refers to the bark, and craftsmanship refers to the craftsmanship made with precision tools.
This handicraft is complicated and time-consuming. It has appeared in Kakunodate since the Edo period in Japan.
Kakunodate is the place of origin of birch craftsmanship. This technique is the most authentic here. The bark used in it includes mountain cherry, walnut, maple, etc. Generally, cherry bark is used. Therefore, “Hua Seiko” is also called “Cherry Skin Seiko”.
It’s just that with climate change and the impact of the Fukushima nuclear power plant leakage accident, the number of mountain cherry trees has decreased, and it is becoming more and more difficult to produce pure “birch craftsmanship” handmade products!
Alright! having said so much! You must be curious too! Come and experience it with me!
An old artist who specializes in bark crafts teaches us how to make cherry blossom wood handicrafts!
The first step in the normal process is to select materials. Different bark has different colors, and the content suitable for production is also different.
In Kakunodate, someone is responsible for cutting the bark. The unique method will not hinder the growth of the cherry tree. After a period of cultivation, the cherry tree can grow new bark before it blooms.
But we are just experiencing, the work of peeling the bark is PASS!
There are many types of finished products ranging from tea pots, tea trays and saucers to fountain pen cabinets, postcards, and so on, and we make tea coasters.
The hand-experience tools and materials used include cherry wood blocks, cherry tree bark, small gas stove, iron iron, pine juice adhesive, and some wood carving tools.
Then follow the steps and instructions of the master, first moisten the bark (the side with dry glue) with a damp towel to soften it, and then paste the bark and the cherry blossom wood block the size of a tea coaster. This can be regarded as the “initial polishing” stage in the process.
Then use a hot iron to soak in water and iron the surface of the bark to melt the glue between the bark and wood.
After ironing firmly, cut off the excess bark material, and then polish the burrs with a sanding block to make it smooth.
Then iron the reverse side of the tea coaster in the same way. This is a “sticking” process step, said to be an iron, but it looks like a hot red soldering iron in order to stick the bark on it.
Next comes the “pattern stitching” link! When the front and back of the tea coaster are hot, start to choose the pattern you like from the bark pattern pile. There are many types, there must be one you like.
Put together the patterns you like, and then iron out the patterns you like on the cup mat in the same way as before.
The beautiful patterns are hand-carved by the master.
Finally, after spraying the paint and waiting for it to dry, a tea coaster made by yourself will be fresh out of the oven.
To sum up, the hand-made cherry tree bark requires patience, and it must be done step by step. The final tea coaster has the natural bark color, and will change over time, as if it is a mat that will grow. Isn’t it amazing?
Nütou Hot Spring Township
A mysterious hot spring with a fancy name!
Starting from Kakunodate, the traffic to Nyuto Hot Spring Village may seem tossing, but it is actually acceptable.
Transfer to a bus from Kakunodate to Tazawako Station, then transfer to the Nyuto Hot Spring Township Bus at the same station to Nyuto Hot Spring Town.
I won’t sell Guanzi anymore. The place I want to talk about is a hot spring town, which is called “Nutou Hot Spring”.
How is it, is it very graphic? But in fact, its name comes from the foothills of Nutou Mountain on the north side of Lake Tazawa Plateau, because the spring water flows from the foot of Nutou Mountain.
Nyuto Onsen is not only Akita Prefecture, but also one of the most popular hot spring villages in Japan. Nyuto Onsen is surrounded by a large virgin forest. At the same time, it has a strong color of ancient hot springs and modern characteristic hotels.
The most desirable thing is the legend that there is a fairyland here! I left with little doubts, and later found out that it was indeed a fairyland, with the steaming hot spring village and the beautiful native forest.
Regular tourists who want to go to Nyuto Onsen Village usually take the JR Shinkansen to Tazawako Station, and then transfer to the Nyuto Onsen bus to go up the mountain.
At Tazawa Lake Station, there is a green minibus with a hot spring barrel. You can also take this minibus to Nyutou Hot Spring Village. One way is 600 yen, which can be delivered to guests to book hotels in Nyuto Onsen Township. Compared to taking a bus, the ticket will be cheaper.
If you want, you can take a bus, stop at the bank of Tianze Lake halfway, and get off at the Hetianze Lake Observation Deck. You can get off and take a tour.
After an hour, it was not too late to take the next bus and then to the hotel in Nyuto Onsen Township.
Take a look at Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan. Passing here from Kakunodate to the north, the view of the deepest lake (423M) in Japan is also great!
There is a legend of “Tatsuko” in Lake Tazawa.
According to legend, the girl Tatsuko, who prayed to the gods for immortality, fulfilled her wish, became a dragon, and lived in this lake ever since. The statue of Tatsuko is on the opposite side of the lake. If you drive or stay for enough time, you can rent a bicycle to take a closer look.
However, the most beautiful Lake Tazawa Plateau is of course Lake Tazawa! Facing the camera, it feels like a picture can be made in a second!
We have arrived at Nyuto Hot Spring Village! As a well-known hot spring town, it did not disappoint.
Moreover, there are several hotels and hot spring villages here. The difference is that the sources of hot springs are not the same, so the result is “each has its own merits”! I don’t recommend any of them, just mention a few.
For example, Tsurunoyu Onsen is the oldest hot spring hotel in Nyuto Onsen Village, which is recorded in documents over 300 years ago.
It has a country atmosphere, with a gentle and northern style everywhere. It can be mixed for men and women, or separate.
“Miaonoyu” is a hot spring hotel in Nyuto Hot Spring Village that is loved by women. The spring quality is excellent, and the service and food are good. The hot springs are divided into two sources, “Kana no Yu” and “Gin no Yu”. Both open-air baths and indoor hot springs can be enjoyed.
Crab Field Hot Spring is another slightly old hot spring hotel with a history of more than 160 years. There is also “Kuroyu Onsen”, which has a wide variety of hot spring baths, including 3 indoor baths, 2 open-air baths, and 2 waterfall baths.
We stayed in the “Ogama Hot Spring”, which is located in the middle, and the colors of the building, the natural environment and even the hot springs are blended together, which looks good. It is said that Ogama Onsen used to be a closed elementary school, but after it was relocated, it was converted into the present Ogama Onsen.
It’s a 2-minute walk from the bus stop “Myono Yumae”, and the transportation is convenient.
Just want to say that if there is enough time, live in a family for one day!
In the early winter, there is no thick snow in the forests of the plateau, but there will still be light snow in the evening. Surrounded by the virgin forest of Lake Tazawa, strolling in the light snow feels a little feel, you can try it! If you put on a colorful umbrella and put on a kimono, you can instantly enter the scene and follow the customs. However, I didn’t find a place to rent a kimono for shooting. I can only imagine the scenes of local people walking in the snow in kimonos to participate in various festivals!
Our hotel provides a dinner and breakfast. After dinner, enjoy the beautiful scenery of falling snow in the open-air hot spring.
Watching the snow falling in the hot spring heat, let them stroke their foreheads and cheeks. The whole body and mind were softened, exhaustion and impetuosity disappeared, and I just wanted to be in this mist for ten thousand years.
While blushing, while breathing in the heat, the open-air hot springs in the snow scene, friends must try!
Hachinohe is the best stopover from Akita to Aomori’s Souryu Onsen.
Hachinohe is located in the southeast of Aomori Prefecture, Japan. It is a special city facing the Pacific Ocean, second only to Aomori City in Aomori Prefecture.
There is not only a direct bus to Hoshino Aomoriya, Hachinohe also has a direct bus to Suyu Hot Springs at the foot of Hakkoda Mountain.
After entering the winter, the shuttle bus from Hachinohe to and from Suyuyu Onsen is suspended. Therefore, tourists who want to go to Suyuyu Onsen in winter usually choose to go to Aomori and take the direct bus.
Akita moved to Aomori. If you don’t want the journey to be too tiring, you can stay in Hachinohe for one night like us. The most popular place in Hachinohe is Hon-Hachinohe Station, which is two stops away by train.
Hachinohe Paving Village “Mitreya Alley”, commonly known as Sanliu Alley, is the largest paving village (simple paving market) in Japan.
The fresh sushi, local dishes, and home cooking here are all good.
Especially the summer night market will be very lively. If you are lucky enough to experience the night market in summer, don’t miss it.
Hacchi (Tourism Museum in Hachinohe City) and the festivals of the Hachinohe Sanja Festival are all points to see. They are all related to culture, especially the festivals. The floats travel with the shrine team and are decorated with historical and mythological themes. The float will parade in Hachinohe City.
I like souvenirs with cultural elements, especially in the six counties of Northeast China. There are also many in Hachinohe.
The lively harbor morning market Mutsuko morning market. This morning market has a long history in the Hachinohe area, and locals like to eat fresh seafood for breakfast. There is also a characteristic 200-year-old local flavor Hachinohe shortbread juice. There are more than 170 stores in Hachinohe. Remember to try it when you come to Hachinohe!
Of course, what surprised us the most was the water square opposite Hacchi (Hachinohe City Tourism Museum).
The square is dominated by water and nature, and the sculpture in the center of the square is also very interesting.
Every hour on the hour, there will be music and light performances.
Sour Soup “Thousands of People”
Japan’s hot spring culture has always been popular with everyone. I myself also like hot springs. We who have just experienced Ogama hot springs are not repulsive to reenter the hot springs. Especially in winter, the hot springs are the best and highest quality in early winter. One of the ways to fight cold + health.
As long as you use a proper and correct bathing method, you can promote blood circulation, increase body temperature, increase immunity, activate cells, etc., these are powerful effects that are already familiar.
and many more! Of course, there is no need to continue to emphasize the efficacy of hot springs! What I am going to talk about next is the “Thousand People Bath”, literally I can guess one or two, which means a large bath that can accommodate up to 1,000 men and women at once!
What does it look like when a thousand people take a bath at the same time? ! The imagination is really limited, so you must be as curious as we are.
Here We Go!
In fact, there is a direct bus from Hachinohe to Suanyu Onsen, but unfortunately the mountain road is closed in winter, so there are two ways to go to Suanyu Onsen. One is to take a bus from Aomori. The second is to stay at Aomori House in Misawa or Hoshino Resort Oirase Stream Resort. There will be a one-day trip to Hakkoda Mountain, Souryu Hot Spring, and Towada Lake, and you can briefly experience the famous mountain forest secret hot Souryu Hot Spring.
Arrive at Aomori Station, at the gate of the bus stop at platform 11, take the bus to Souryu Onsen, there is a timetable, almost every hour. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive at Suantang Hot Spring in a snow day. There will be one or two hot spring resort hotels on the way, as well as Hakkoda Mountain Ski Resort and sightseeing ropeway.
If you have a little understanding of Japanese mixed bathing culture, you will know that mixed bathing is very special in Japanese hot spring culture.
Moreover, a set of unique brief history and etiquette has been formed. Those friends who have a whimsical idea about mixed bathing with men and women must be accepted!
Japan’s mixed bathing for men and women is actually very strict. There are various protection measures for the privacy of men and women, as well as spontaneous organizations to protect women. Well, it is better to enjoy the charm of mixed bathing in hot springs.
After finishing the digression, let’s take a look at where this hot spring is called “Japan’s No. 1 National Health Center”! ?
Its name is Souryu Onsen, and it is located at the foot of Hakkoda Mountain in Aomori Prefecture in the northeastern region of Japan. It is said that the soup has been opened in 1684 on the eve of the Edo period, and it has a history of more than 300 years.
And despite its location in the deep mountains, the guests who come here to recuperate have never stopped. Very powerful, isn’t it? !
The houses and baths in the hot spring are all built with cypress wood, which looks simple and nostalgic. There is not a single pillar in the spacious house of 300 square meters.
The spring quality of the acid sulfur spring, the temperature is 48-64 degrees, will appear milky white, it is “standard” for many diseases!
The largest bath in Suantang Hot Spring can accommodate thousands of men and women at one time, so it is also called the “thousand people bath”.
So when you talk about Suantang Hot Spring, the first thing you think of is the word “thousand people”. These two words alone can make people imagine its momentum and scale, even if it has not been here.
Now you know the origins of the Thousand People Bath. Of course not every time there will be a thousand people, but that it can hold so many at most.
Although mixed bathing for men and women is an unusual custom here, but also because of the large number of people, the etiquette of hot springs did not develop smoothly at the beginning, and it also experienced many ups and downs before it finally reached what it is today.
Finish the preparations: familiarize yourself with the environment and move in. Basically, you can go to the soup. The opening hours are very full every day. You can have a dip before three meals a day, and then go to the dining experience is very good. Friends who have not stayed at Suantang Hot Spring Hotel need to purchase admission tickets every time they take a bath.
The hot spring baths are not only mixed for men and women, but there are also separate baths for men and women. There are four baths with different sources: “hot hot spring”, “cold hot spring”, “four-sixth hot spring”, and “Yutaki”.
For some guests who are not too relaxed, separate baths for men and women can be used.
For most tourists, since the sour soup is here, there is no reason not to experience mixed bathing with men and women! Haha!
PS: How to get in the bath
The first step is to soak in the “hot soup” for 5 minutes; the second step is to soak in the “four-sixth of the soup” for 5 minutes; the third step is to scoop the toppings in the “cold soup”; the fourth step is to soak in the “soup” “Taki” is rinsed for about 3 minutes; in the fifth step, return to the “hot soup” and soak for 3 minutes.
Separate baths for men and women are called “Jade no Yu”, which is specially prepared for tourists who cannot accept mixed bathing for men and women to avoid embarrassment.
The source of “Yuzhitang” is different from the “Thousands of People”, it is an acidic sulfur spring with a cloudy appearance. Moreover, there are wooden partitions with the Thousand People Bath, men cannot cross in, while the women can walk out of it, enter the Thousand People Bath, and participate in mixed bathing. This can be considered a setting for women.
There are many works by Japanese artists in the hotel of Suantang Hot Spring. There are many photos of Mount Hakkō, which are beautiful.
The hot springs of Suanyu, hidden under Hakkoda Mountain, are like a quiet wonderland. Since its birth hundreds of years ago, it has become a jewel of Hakkoda Mountain and attracts countless people.
The dinner set meal at the hot spring hotel is very hearty, and the ingredients are fresh, very recommended.
Thousands of people bath, sour hot spring, friends must come and see!
Nebuta House Nebuta Festival Exhibition
Return to Aomori from Souryu Onsen. Don’t miss a great check-in point, the Nebuta House Nebuta Festival Exhibition at the Aomori Museum of Art.
Nebuta Festival is a large-scale paper lantern exhibition in northeastern Japan. The Nebuta Festival is held in Aomori every year from August 2 to August 7 on the 6th day of the festival. There is a fixed route, from the streets of downtown Aomori to the waterway.
During this period, visitors to Aomori can have the privilege of seeing the lively scene of the memorial ceremony. The Nebuta’s Nebuta Festival at the Museum of Art in Aomori Prefecture is on display throughout the year. If you are visiting here in other seasons, you can go here to see Nebuta’s lantern exhibition.
Nebu is accustomed to traditional Japanese patterns and colors. The patterns are generally based on legendary ghosts, gods, heroes, samurai, and beasts and monsters, with strong and bright colors. After the lantern is made, the shape is huge, the colors and shapes are projected by the light, it looks gorgeous and dazzling, the three-dimensional sense is very strong, and it is a piece of art with a festive atmosphere for the New Year.
Among them, the works of elementary and middle school students in the exhibition should be the most amazed to me. If you don’t read the introduction, it is not clear which is the work of elementary school students and which is the work of middle school students. Every year, the Nebuta Festival selects outstanding paintings from the works of local primary and middle school students and makes Nebuta lanterns, which are displayed in the Nebuta Festival parade. After the parade, they are stored in the Aomori Art Museum for permanent preservation, great!
Aomoriya: See Hoshino again
The first good impression of Hoshino came from before, when I went to the Hokkaido TOMAMU Hoshino Resort, which was a very impressive play experience. Therefore, I have a particularly good impression of the word “Hoshino”. Whenever these two words flash in my mind, there will be a kind of Hoshino product, always the inner “OS” of the boutique.
The Aomoriya I met this time is indeed another Hoshino boutique!
The most common thing in Aomoriya is that you can fully experience the culture of Aomori festivals, dialects, etc., and Aomoriya also has an Aomori cultural theme park. About 220,000 square meters of land are used up. While experiencing the culture, you can also participate in the cuisine and wonderful outdoor activities in the park!
Speaking of Aomoriya, its predecessor is a very famous Komaki Onsen, which has been ranked first in Japan for 10 consecutive years and has become one of the most popular hot spring hotels.
It’s just that afterwards, I was in debt and couldn’t sustain it. At this time, a new story began.
Hoshino and Goldman Sachs took over Gumu Hot Springs, and the Aomori House operated by Hoshino was born.
Visitors staying in Aomori House in winter can choose a variety of ways. The nearest one is to Misawa Station. There is a shuttle bus that runs every 5 minutes to Aomori House (every hour). There are also buses at Hachinohe Station, and reservations are required to board the bus.
Like Tomamu, Hoshino also defines Aomoriya as a personalized accommodation, which is unique among Hoshino’s many series. The purpose is to highlight the local culture and natural charm. And these are the fundamentals that attract all those who come here!
Come and see with me! Aomoriya has a new action from December 1, 2018!
When we arrived at the Aomori House, the staff welcomed us dressed in local clothes and handed over hot towels and hot apple juice. When we checked in, we felt very warm. It’s like when I went to Inner Mongolia and received warm Mongolian friends’ Hada and highland barley wine.
The guest rooms of the Aomori Hotel are divided into two parts, the east and the west, and the underground is connected by a passage. This is the Jubilant Plaza.
Jubilee Plaza brings together restaurants, bars and shops, and is also a place where many events take place.
Aomori House has three parts: main building, west building and east building, with a total of 238 rooms.
The guest rooms are Japanese-style, and there is a wonderful snow scene outside the floor-to-ceiling windows. It is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, and important things are said three times.
Many places in the room are also very detailed, such as Aomori local Hachinohe ware tea cups, Hachiman horse crafts and so on. Sure enough, it is Hoshino’s approach. The details of local cultural elements are hidden everywhere. As long as you are careful enough, you can find many.
Now let’s talk about the highlight, the three major hot springs in Aomori Hotel!
Many activities need to be completed in the hot springs, let’s take a look at the exciting activities! ?
There is no need to mention the connection between the hot springs and the Japanese. The predecessor of the Aomori House was originally the Komaki hot spring. Therefore, Hoshino Aomori House is even more inseparable from the hot spring culture.
The experience of living in Aomori House is simply “soaking” + eating, drinking and having fun!
First, let’s take a look at one of the hot springs in Aomoriya, the footbath. It is at the entrance to the park of Aomoriya. I feel tired from walking, so I just take off my shoes and soak in it, which is very warm.
This foot bath not only makes people feel convenient and the scenery is good, but it can also be used by men and women. Haha, it is not the same as the one mentioned above.
At night, bring the lantern to the foot bath, and enjoy the foot bath while watching the swaying light of the bamboo lantern.
Then there is another hot spring-“Floating Hot Spring”, located in the open-air bath, in the semi-circular hot spring pond, there is also a huge sandman lantern floating. There are countless small lanterns floating on the water, which are full of guests’ wishes.
The Nebuta Festival lanterns are exiled in the pool surrounding the open-air bath “floating bath” in order to reproduce the custom of “luomen”.
The event time for opening this Nebuta Festival lantern is: December 1, 2018 ~ April 1, 2019
All visitors staying in Aomori House can participate in this Nebuta Drifting Lantern.
Japan’s well-known fire festival “Aomori Nebuta Festival” is said to have its origins in a custom called “Rimian”, where people will exile lanterns in rivers or the sea to drive away filth.
The original custom of the Aomori Nebuta Festival is reproduced in the open-air hot springs: the custom of expelling the Nebuta Festival and exiled filthy into the river or the sea is called “Limian” in the Tohoku region and is said to be the origin of the Aomori Nebuta Festival.
Aomoriya also has an exclusive festival lantern “Taman Tenno”: The lantern floating on the pool especially invites the Nebuta lantern master “Takenami Hiroyo” to show off his skills to bestow wisdom and good luck with the northern guardian deity “Taman Tenno” “For the theme creation.
The lanterns show Duowentian Wang holding a spear in his right hand and a pagoda in his left, with an expression glaring at evil spirits on his face. Vivid!
The author of the lanterns here is the master Takenami Hiro, the Nebuta lantern master who won the highest honor of the Aomori Nebuta Festival in 2016, the Nebuta Award. The Taman Tenno lanterns used in the Nebuta Drifting Lanterns at Aomoriya are made in the same process as the lanterns that are officially presented at the festival. It is very dynamic! also very beautiful!
There are many other activities besides the “Sandman Drifting Lantern” in the snow-view outdoor hot spring.
For example, a brand-new project-“Snow Boy Apple Vending Machine” selling frozen apples, to experience the nostalgia of the snow country.
In Aomori Prefecture, there is a folk story about the “Melting Snow Boy”. In the story, Xuetong hates hot food. Whether it is rice or miso soup, Xuetong will never eat it as long as it is not let cool.
Based on this folk tale, Aomoriya specially launched the “Snowboy Apple Vending Machine” in the shape of a snow boy to sell frozen apples. After getting out of the bath, you can buy some crunchy frozen apples at the apple vending machine.
The staff at the Aomori House will wear the image of a snow boy. Dresses such as straw towels are actually Aomori’s traditional winter clothing for women in the past, so you can see many “snow boys”.
There is also Xuetong’s room: low tables, paper sliding doors and straw sandals worn by Xuetong. You can make origami with Snow Boy, or take a commemorative photo in Snow Boy costume.
In addition, the hotel has a scallop fishing experience at a fixed time every day from 19:00 to 22:00. As much as 1,000 yen can catch in 3 minutes, the hotel’s izakaya can grill as many scallops for the winner for free. Very interesting experience.
You can also taste the face made of snow boy oden with eggs; straw sandals made of white radish; shovel made of kelp. In Aomori, to warm the body in winter, ginger miso is eaten when eating Kanto.
In addition, many “Sandman Snow Lanterns” will be set up in the park at night.
The works created by four Nebuta masters are displayed. They are very cool. The dynamics of the lanterns are particularly vivid in the background of the night and night, as if you can feel the courage of the summer fire festival “Aomori Nebuta Festival”.
There are many Neptune lanterns all over the park, and lanterns that can only be seen in summer are also displayed in the pure white snow scene of the park.
Watch and understand the behind of each Nebuta lantern, such as the meaning of different themes and the profoundness of making lanterns.
Hachiman Horse Lantern Corridor
The Hachiman Horse is a traditional craft handed down from the southern region of Aomori Prefecture. The horse body is painted with gorgeous patterns such as chrysanthemums and family patterns that are deeply related to the southern region. Lanterns painted with Hachiman horses decorate the space in Aomoriya. There are lanterns shaped like Hachiman horses and spherical lanterns painted with Hachiman horses.
There is also a huge Hachimanma lantern
Since ancient times, Hachiman horses have been paired in black and red, and a pair of huge Hachiman horse lanterns of different colors have been set up in accordance with the tradition.
These huge Hachimanma lanterns, which are about 3m high and exclusively made by Aomoriya, will appear in the center of Jubilation Plaza.
Painted Hachiman Horse Experience
After watching the Yawama Lantern, Aomori House also has an experience suitable for all ages.
For more than 2,000 yen, one experiencer can use the paint stickers provided by the staff, and the experiencer can paint a Hachiman horse.
It is very suitable to bring children to experience together.
It does not matter if the experiencer does not know how to paint. The painted horse package includes colored stickers, which are affixed to the Yawata horse, and then the head of the matchstick is stained with paint to paint the Yawata horse. It is not difficult.
Of course, if you are good at painting, you have to experience it again.
Dinner at Mutsu Festival House Show Restaurant
Combined with hot springs, there are many seasonal festivals in Aomoriya. The Aomori festival and cultural theme park are mainly for tourists. I think the effect is good. The festivals with different themes set according to the seasons are quite distinctive.
The four major festivals in Aomori include “Aomori Nebuta Festival”, “Hirosaki Nebuta Festival”, and “Hachinohe Sansha Festival”
The Nebuta Festival is one of them. It is one of the largest carnival celebrations in the Tohoku region of Japan.
A week-long Nebuta Festival is held in Aomori every August.
When night fell, the colorful staff danced and walked slowly in the huge sandman lantern parade to the music.
There are a lot of people watching every year, and you can only see the Nebuta Lantern if you miss it. But the Nebuta lantern is also good.
Of course, if you missed the Nebuta Festival in August, don’t feel too pity. Aomoriya “simulated” a similar one in the restaurant Mutsu Matsuriya.
The Nebuta Memorial has become a daily show that can be seen every day!
Anyone who eats at Mutsu Matsuriya can enjoy Aomori’s products in the evening while watching the local shamisen, folk songs and Nebuta Matsuri. It is full of flavor!
The performers include hotel staff and some professional performers. The waiter turns into an artist in seconds. Isn’t it like magic?
The food is also great. Beef, smoked salmon, classic five-stage steamer, and finally the local cuisine of Hachinohe—pancake soup.
Although it is not as grand as the Nebuta Festival in August, you can also experience the atmosphere of Japan’s three major Nebuta Festivals. The atmosphere of the whole performance is very full, performers and tourists will sing and dance together, as if they really entered the August scene of the Nebuta Festival. The stage performance and interaction are very effective.
For some ordinary residents, there is no opportunity for dinner at Mutsu Festival Show Restaurant in the accommodation package, so don’t worry.
There is a performance to the public at 8pm in Jubilation Square, which is also very lively. The performers use simple tools to play sonorous and powerful music.
After the lively performance, if you want to feel the quietness of Aomori House, you can visit the park at night, take a bubble foot bath, or sit in the fireplace pavilion and enjoy the night scenery.
Activities in the park also include the stove-heating carriage, and walking around the park in the carriage is one of the most popular activities in Aomoriya.
The appearance of the carriage changes with the four seasons. At this time, it is Japan’s first stove carriage. Starting in the morning, once every half an hour, 6 people can sit on a trip.
The whole experience time is 15-20 minutes. There will be a snow boy on the way to deliver small snacks, and the groom will bring tea and grilled squid on the way for the passengers to enjoy together.
The route of the horse-drawn carriage cruise is around Aomoriya Park, with a short stop in the middle, and the coachman will explain the sights.
For example, Pony House, Animal Farm and Foot Bath are all attractions designed by Hoshino.
Although Hoshino Aomori House is located in Misawa, it is a bit remote, but it was originally a quiet place, with its own park and hotel, unique in the complex world, and self-sustaining. Family trips, family trips, couple trips, etc., for Hoshino Aomoriya. There is no unsuitable reason. Here, you can always find the perfect experience feel you want.
When I left Aomori and returned, my friend asked me where I had been, and I answered “Aomori”.
My friend asked me again, where do you want to go next? My answer is Aomori.
Aomori is undoubtedly a city that is still in the northeast of Japan.