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Noheji Town Hall

123-1, Aza-Noheji, Noheji Town, Kamikita County, Aomori Prefecture, 039-3131
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FAX:0175-64-9594
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Aomori Prefecture faces the sea, the Pacific Ocean on the east, the Japan Sea on the west and the Tsugaru Strait and the Mutsu Bay on the north. On the south of prefecture, there is the Hakkoda Mountains. Aomori, which is surrounded by the blue ocean and green mountains, is rich in nature.
Noheji Town is located on the base of the Shimokita Peninsula, that is the deepest part of the Mutsu Bay. The Town has the Mutsu Bay on the northwest and the Eboshidake on the south and it also has the view of the Hakkoda Mountains. Historically, it used to be prosperous as a port town of Kitamaebune (a northern bound ship), and old culture such as the Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) is handed on to nowadays.
The town will be decorated with the color of cherry blossoms in spring and green of the cypress and beech trees in early summer. During summer, the people can enjoy sea bathing in the Mutsubay under cool and culm climate caused by Yamase (the cold easterly wind), and in the following season, they can also enjoy the autumn foliage of the Eboshidake and the Hakkodada Mountains, and winter sports such as ski. They have clearly four seasons. So you will find a lot of fun things through a year
This natural feature gives them various kinds of foods, such as scallops, little turnips, and Chinese yam. And flatfish, red sea bream and etc., they have more specialties by season.

Tourism Information

Visitor
Center
Noheji Town Tourism and Product Promotion Center
17-17, Aza-Nakakonakano, Noheji Town, Kamikita County, Aomori
Tel:
Open Hours/9:00-19:30
*Closed on the New Year's holiday (12/29-1/1)

*Electric Bicycles are available to rent.
*Tourism guide including information of Michinokumaru by tablet is coming soon in this facility.

Top-Rated Sights

Seasonal Attractions

Atago Park

It is a park located on the hill in the town and is famous for cherry blossoms.

Noheji Spring Festival

Visitors can enjoy the night view of cherry blossom trees illuminated. Various events, such as Scallop Ekiden (a road relay) will be held.

Tofugaura Beach

It is a beach that has an uninterrupted view of the Shimokita Peninsula from the sands.

Noheji Gion Matsuri

It is a largest festival in Noheji Town. It is similar to Kyoto Gion Matsuri and its highlights are the elegant hayashi (festival music) and dashi (float).

Eboshidake

It is a mountain that Caroline Kennedy, the former United States Ambassador to Japan, had enjoyed climbing.

Shibasaki Area, Recreation Facility for Health

It is a facility that has camping sites, bungalows and park golf course.

National Noheji, Makado Onsen Ski Resort

It is a national ski course that has panoramic view of the Mutsu Bay.

Makado Kankou Hotel

Visitors can enjoy and relax themselves at the onsen (hot spring) after skiing.

Local Specialties

Fresh Scallops

The fresh scallops from the Town are huge and soft texture.

Helmet Crab

Its taste resembles horsehair crabs. Also it has smell of sea, and crispy texture and rich taste .

Little Turnips

Its skin is thin and easy to peel; therefore you can eat fresh little turnips uncooked.

Historic Sites

Edohigan (rosebud cherry) in the Northernmost of Honshu (Natural Monument Designated by The Town)

This is over 300 year-old cherry tree that is in the Northernmost of Honshu.

Statue of Kachogo (Tangible Cultural Property Designated by The Town)

It is the statue established to pray for a horse, Kachogo, which died when the Meiji Emperor was visiting the Tohoku region. It is a symbol of the park.

A Stone Monument Inscribed with a Haiku by Matsuo Basho

It is a monument built by Haiku (a style of Japanese poetry) poets in Noheji who adored Basho.

Benkei's Footprint

According to legend, it is said that a dent on the base of stone monument of Basho Matsuo is the footprint of Benkei.

Stone Monument Inscribed with Waka by Takuboku Ishikawa

This stone monument inscribed with poem was built to memorize Takuboku Ishikawa who was related with Noheji.

Gozensui and Stone Steps in the Atago Park

Gozensui is spring water with which town people have lived from old days. And stones of the steps were delivered from Tonosho-cho, Kagawa Prefecture by Kitamaebune.

Ichirizuka

Ichirizuka is a historic Japanese marker like milestone, which is earthen mound covered in trees. They were built every ichiri (approximately 4 km), counted sanroku-cho as ichi-ri ("cho" and "ri" are Japanese unit in old days) starting from Nihonbashi, Edo (refers to current Tokyo area).

Old Daiman Ryokan

It used to be an inn, which is valuable for current days as a Japanese building of the modern era. It also was a filming location of TV drama program "Kiga Kaikyo".

Historic Site of Noheji Daikan-syo

It is a historic site of Daikan-sho (refers to office of local administration in Japanese History) located within the castle (where there is Chuo Komin-kan now).

Shidarezakura (Natural Monument Designated by The Town) and The Grave for Crew of Kitamaebune in Saikoji Temple

In the Saikoji Temple, there is the Shidarezakura (weeping cherry), which is more than 300 hundreds years old, and gravestones for the crewmen who died of a sea disaster or sick on voyage of Kitamaebune.

Jokoji Temple related with Takuboku Ishikawa

The uncle of Takuboku Ishikawa worked as a chief priest of this temple.

A House where Fude, the wife of Tokunai Mogami, was born

It is a house where Fude was born. She was wife of Tokunai Mogami, who was explorer and geographer in Edo Period.

Suijingu

Significant water that was used as drinking water of Kitamaebune.

The Graveyard for Warriors killed in Noheji War (Prefectural Historical Site)

It is the grave for Tsugaru warriors, who died when Nanbu and Tsugaru armies battled on the land of Noheji in 1868.

Hankyo-zuka (generally called as Yotsumori) (Prefectural Historic Site)

It is a “tsuka”, an earthen mount, which is built as a symbol of border between Nanbu and Tsugaru Domains in Edo Period.

History and Culture

Akaurushinuri-mokuhachi (National Designated Important Cultural Property)

It is a wooden bowl of the early Jomon Period, which was dug up on the Mukaida Remains. Its diameter is 42cm that is unprecedented size at home.

Kyakusen-cho (Tangible Cultural Property Designated by The Town)

It is a notebook, which Igarashi Family running a Funayado (inn) noted about their customers from Edo Period to Early Meiji Era. It has a value as a historical document telling the facts from where the vessels came to Noheji Port and what kinds of things were delivered.

Noheji Hachiman-gu Honden and Kotohira-gu Honden (Prefectural Treasure)

Those Honden (main hall) were given by Kaisen-donya (a wholesale ship) of Noheji in 1822, because people in the town believed in Konpira-sama, which was god for safety on the sea.

Dogu standing by itself "Itajo-Rikkyaku Dogu" (National Designated Important Cultural Property)

It is a Dogu (clay figure) standing by itself that is thought to be made in the first half of Late Jomon Period.

Kaichuji Temple, Kibori Amidanyorai Ritsuzo (Prefectural Treasure)

It is a Honzon (a principal image of a Buddha) of Fukujusan Kaicyuji that is a temple of Jodoso.

Former Nomura Family's detached house "Anzaisho" (National Registered Tangible Cultural Property and Building)

It is a second residence of Jisaburo Nomura located in ground of the current town hall. The Meiji Emperor stayed at the house during official domestic trip in 1876.

Tourist Signs for Strolling Around (Shinmachi)

In the town, there are sign boards that tell about the old townscape and its history.
Photos show the difference between those days and the present.

Tourist Signs for Strolling Around (Honmachi)

In the town, there are sign boards that tell about the old townscape and its history.
Photos show the difference between those days and the present.

Accomodations

  • Matsuyama Ryokan TEL
  • Ryokan Komai TEL
  • Fujikawa Ryokan TEL
  • Business-inn Club TEL
  • Business-land Horaku TEL
  • Makado Kankou Hotel TEL

Access

By Car

From Tohoku Expressway Aomori-Chuo IC or Aomori Expressway Aomorihigashi IC…Transfer to National Route 4 (approx. 1 hour)
From Hachinohe Expressway Hachinohe IC…Transfer to National Route 45 and 4 (approx. one and half hour)
From Mutsu Region…Take Hamanasu Route (National Route 279)

By Train

From Aomori…Take Aoimori Railway (approx. 45 minutes)
From Hachinohe…Take Aoimori Railway (approx. 45 minutes)
From Mutsu…Take JR Ominato Line (approx. 50 minutes)
From Tokyo…Take Tohoku Shinkansen (3 hours and 20 minutes)…Get off at Shichinohe-Towada Station…Approx. 20 minutes from the station by car
From Hakodate…Take Hokkaido Shinkansen (approx. 1 hour) …Shin-Aomori Station …Aomori…Transfer to Aoimori Railway (approx 45 minutes)

By Air

Tokyo/Haneda (Approx. 75 minutes by air) …Aomori Airport…Take Bus (approx. 35 minutes) …Aomori Station…Noheji
Tokyo/Haneda (Approx. 70 minutes by air) …Misawa Airport…Take Bus (approx. 15 minutes) …Misawa Station…Noheji
Osaka/Itami (Approx. 90 minutes by air) …Aomori Airport
Sapporo/Chitose (Approx. 45 minutes by air) …Aomori Airport
Nagoya/Komaki (Approx. 85 minutes by air) …Aomori Airport

By Bus

From Aomori Station…Shimokita Kotsu Bus (approx 1 hour and 20 minutes) Noheji Station
From Mutsu area…Shimokita Kotsu Bus (approx 1 hour and 30 minutes) Noheji Station

Rental Car and Taxi

  • Towada Taxi   TEL
  • Jukan Taxi   TEL
  • Nihoku Taxi   TEL
  • Toyota Rent-a-Car Aomori-Noheji   TEL

Free Wi-Fi Service

Available at Noheji-machi Chuo Komikan (the central community learning center); 1-15 Aza-Noheji, Noheji Town, Kamikita County, Aomori / Tel:

Foreign Currency Exchange

The Michinoku Bank, Noheji Office (119-3, Aza-Noheji, Noheji Town, Kamikita County, Aomori 039-3131/ Tel:
Selling foreign currency cash (in cash packs:US dollar) Buying foreign currency cash (US dollar, euro, South Korean won and others) 14 currencies in total