Highlight of Aomori with Sannai-Maruyama JOMON Archeological Site
What we'll do
This is the recommended tour if you have half a day to spend in Aomori. A nationally-licensed English speaking tour guide will guide you to great sightseeing spots.
"Sannai Maruyama Archeological Site" is the JOMON village excavation site. It's a large and long term settlement from about 5,500 to 4,000 years ago. You can see reconstructed pit dwellings and pillar-supported buildings, and also a 1,000 year long cross-section of the soil.
After witnessing the Archeological site, we will enjoy fresh seafood from Aomori. "Nokke-Don" is the bowl of rice topped with various kinds of sliced row fish from the fish market. You can customize those toppings (some meats and vegetables are also available) while talking with store clerks there.
After you fill your stomachs, we will head to "Nebuta house Warasse", the museum of one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan. The latest prize-winning big lantern floats are displayed there. You can listen to the festival music live performance played on traditional Japanese instruments if the timing is right.
The guide will meet you at the ticket gate of Aomori Station.
- Price per person
- 8,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 8 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
The tour fee does not include transport expenses, admission fees and meals/drinks.
The starting time of the tour and the itinerary can be customized.
Recommend comfortable shoes.
1Sannai Maruyama Archeological Site
Jomon era dates back about 15,000 years and lasted more than 10,000 years. Aomori, together with Hokkaido, Akita and Iwate aim for the designation of 17 Jomon sites in northern Japan as a World Cultural Heritage. Among these, Sannai Maruyama is the largest site consisting of 2 areas, an outdoor excavation site and an indoor exhibition area. First, we go outside. You can see pit dwellings and pillar supported buildings restored at their original sites based on the precise research, and also a 1,000 year long cross-section of the soil. In the indoor exhibition area, you'll see lots of Jomon potteries, figurines, stone wares and so on. If you have time, why don't you experience making a Jomon pendant scraping and polishing a stone at the craft workshop?
2Aomori fish-vegetable market
You can enjoy Aomori specialty, Nokke-Don, a rice bowl dish of toppings on hot steamed rice. Stroll around the market (there are over 30 shops) and choose as many toppings as you like from a wide range of fresh seafood such as scallops and tuna only Aomori can provide. There are also traditionally prepared deli food and authentic local food. You are also allowed to negotiate with the store clerk to add extra toppings.
3Nebuta house Warasse
Nebuta house Warrase is the museum that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. At the museum you can experience every aspect of the festival. 4 full-sized (5x9x7m) floats that participated in the festival in August are displayed. Staffs offer a "Haneto" experience, where you can try dancing to the festival music. And also you can try your hand at playing the taiko drums used in the festival. Footage of the exhibited Nebuta floats participating in the parade is projected onto a large screen. The shop sells Nebuta goods and souvenirs of Aomori.
Hi! I’m Kazuko Kurihashi, a nationally-licensed, English-speaking tour guide. I especially work based in Aomori Prefecture (I’ve been living in Aomori for more than 20 years), and I’m also a wife and mother. Aomori is full of great traditional culture and nature’s blessings, so I would like to guide you to many sightseeing spots such as temples, castles, museums, mountain streams, and so on, and show you how wonderful Japan is! The spot I recommend the most among these is an archaeological site from the Jomon period, dating back about 15,000~2,300 years. You can see many kinds of remains of an ancient village while strolling around the site, and you can learn about how our ancestors lived in harmony with nature and had spirituality based on rituals. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon in Aomori!