The dock is only a 10-minute walk to town from The Shin-Chuo Wharf which is used just for passenger ships
Map of Aomori
As with most outlying prefectural capitals, there isn't much to see in the city itself.
Aspam Center. A large triangular building that can be easily spotted from the train station or the bridge, this is the tourism center for all of Aomori prefecture. It includes a movie about the prefecture (Japanese only) and an observation deck with views of the harbor and city (extra charge).
Anywhere on or around the downtown main street is easily accessible by foot.
The train station is a 15-minute walk from the dock.
A short train ride from Aomori is a place called Asamushi Onsen (Asamushi Spa). It is a hot spring resort on the coast that has some interesting rock formations nearby. The scenery there is significantly better than in the city center. There is about one train every hour from Aomori Station (be careful NOT to take an express by the way - many of expresses do not stop at Asamushi Onsen).
The route from Aomori city to Hachinohe via Sukayu Onsen and Lake Towada is accessible via an infrequent Japan Rail bus (leaving e.g. 10:10am, noon) which leaves from the terminal (stop 8) outside Aomori Station. This is a picturesque route in a 45-person-capacity bus with a recorded tour commentary in Japan and English, and which also allows day trips to the Hakkoda Mountains. This area is an hour away by bus from Aomori, and can be hiked via Sukaya Onsen or from the local cable car, which the bus also stops at. The last bus for Aomori leaves from the onsen at 16:58 (cable car 17:08). Lake Towada is also a worthwhile stopping point on the road to or from Aomori
The city of Hirosaki in order to visit the ancient Hirosaki Castle and the temples of that inland city.
The currency in Japan is the yen. It comes in denominations of ¥10,000, ¥5,000 and ¥1,000 notes, as well as ¥500, ¥100, ¥50, ¥10, ¥5 and ¥1 coins.
ATMs in Japan are becoming more useful, and most can be used to withdraw funds from overseas accounts. Post offices also offer ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted at a majority of stores and restaurants in large urban areas, but if you plan on spending any time in rural areas, be sure to carry sufficient cash. Japan is still very much a cash society and some stores, hotels and restaurants-regardless of location-refuse credit cards.
Don't tip, as it's considered rude!
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