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  • 1. Osore-zan

    Scenic Drive

    If you have a car, a day trip to the uppermost "hook" of the Mutsu/Shimokita Peninsula is highly recommended. A 30-minute drive north of Mutsu...Read More

  • 2. Risshaku-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Yamadera is like something conjured out of the ethereal mists of an ancient Japanese charcoal painting. Built in the year AD 860, Yamadera's...Read More

  • 3. Ando House

    Notable Building

    A visit to this miso and soy sauce business, still located in the historic home of the Ando merchant family, is a treat for both the eyes and...Read More

  • 4. Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

    Araya-omotemachi | Notable Building

    Several well-preserved samurai houses date from the founding of Kakunodate. The most renowned is Aoyagi-ke, which functions as a museum and...Read More

  • 5. Auga

    Market/Bazaar

    Fish, shellfish, preserved seaweed, and fish eggs—in short, all manner of marine organisms—are hawked by hundreds of vendors in this seafood...Read More

  • 6. Fuku-ura Jima

    Beach

    From the Godaido Temple it's a short walk across a pedestrian bridge to the islet of Fuku-ura Jima. For the ¥200 toll you can break away from...Read More

  • 7. Geibikei Funa-kudari

    Higashiyama-cho | Other Attraction

    The surreal Geibikei Gorge is a slightly decrepit, definitely kitschy tourist attraction. You board a gondola at the local river, and your gondolier...Read More

  • 8. Nebuta House Wa-Rasse

    Museum/Gallery

    If you can't visit during the Nebuta Festival, you can see the glowing papier-mâché sculptures painted with the fierce countenances of warriors...Read More

  • 9. Sannai Maruyama Iseki

    Ruins

    Want to know what it was like to live in this area 5,500 years ago? One of the country's largest archaeological sites, this features a reconstruction...Read More

  • 10. Sukayu Onsen

    Hot Spring

    Milky, highly acidic water floods into the large cedar bathhouse known as a sennin-buro, a 1,000-person bath. Designated as a national health...Read More

  • 11. Tsugaru-han Neputa Mura

    Museum/Gallery

    On the northeast corner of the castle grounds, this museum exhibits the giant drums and floats used in the annual Neputa Festival. If you miss...Read More

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