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JR EAST PASS SPECIAL

Posted in Aomori-city, Goshogawara-city, Hachinohe-city, Hirosaki-city, Mutsu-city, Shichinohe-town, Towada-city with tags , , on May 23, 2011 by Yuko

This is my first post since the massive earthquake and tsunami hit northern Japan in March 11, 2011. 

Although it’s a part of my job to promote Aomori tourism, honestly I couldn’t really write “Come to Aomori for sightseeing!” while suffering from thousands of tremors in these 2 months. Finally, the earth seems to be calm down and I am glad to resume this blog.

Japan is trying really hard to have our normal lives back. Here is one encouraging example of quick and great restorations! East Japan Railway repaired the seriously damaged facilities and equipment of Tohoku Shinkansen line, and full Shinkansen service between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori has been restored from April 29. 

Now I can introduce this unbelievably reasonable offer for foreign tourists! JR East Pass Special valid until June 30, 2011 allows you to travel throughout East Japan on the JR East Shinkansen trains for 3 days. The price is only 13,000 yen!  FYI, usually I can’t even buy the one way Shinkansen ticket from Shin-Aomori to Tokyo with only 13,000 yen as Japanese….I wish I could be a foreigner until the expiry date of this pass!  Please check the detailed info by clicking the following image.

 

Once you stepped on a ground of Aomori Prefecture, please don’t fail to present your JR East Pass of JR East Pass Special at the designated Tourist Centers to receive nice gifts (for details pls click the following image). Only the first 50 – 500 visitors would be eligible to receive  those gifts. Hope you can make it.

The weather is getting nicer in Aomori, and Japanese tourists start visitng Lake Towada, Lake Juniko and Mt. Hakkoda to  experience lush greenery and fresh air.

I’m currently working at the 8th floor of ASPAM, where you can receive (B)Apple Lanyard at the desk of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Information Center located on the 1st floor of the building. If you ever come to ASPAM, please feel free to visit me :)

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Shinkansen Test Run to Brand New Shin-Aomori Station

Posted in 1, Aomori-city with tags , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Yuko
Since the Shinkansen – bullet train is coming to Aomori City in December, the new station is in the course of construction.  First 200 public applicants, press people and people in Tourism were invited to the one-day tour on the day of  first test run.    

New Shinkansen Shin-Aomori Station under Construction

 Aomori is a peaceful country, and you do not really find modern buildings.  One of my colleagues who went this place with me said “Wow, this is like the building in Tokyo”.  I thought that was cute.      

Hallway

Shining Walls and Escalators Under Inspection

   

Waiting Room

Ticketing and Travel Service Center

 It was fun to see the train station while not completely equipped…..                                                                                                                     

The Wall without Ticket Machines

We could find some materials produced in Aomori in the building.  Can you tell from the following pictures?      

Q1 What are these red bars made of ?

Red Bar Close Up(sorry- I couldn't take the pic beautifully)

A1 is Tsugaru Lacquerware.  This is called Nanako, one of  four types of lacquer patterning in Tsugaru Lacquerware.  People who found the Nanako on the pillars were saying “Oh…luxury pillars”.      

Q2 Can you guess what kind of wood was used to make the bench chairs?

 A2 is Aomori Hiba Cypress, which is aromatic, durable and has beautiful grains. It is popular to make furniture, bath tubs and wood crafts.

Q3 Who influences Aomori people on printmaking?

      

Close-up of the Work

     

 

   

A3 is Munakata Shiko – a famous printmaker who was born in Aomori-City.  Please enjoy Christy’s previous entry on A Glimse into Aomori’s artsy side-Munakata Shiko for more information about him.     The original of this huge work was made by 242 groups of Aomori citizens in 2003 to celebrate Munakata’s 100th anniversary.       

Platform Sign

The platform is on the 2nd floor. This station will be the terminal of Tohoku Shinkansen in Honshu Island.  Then it is to be connected with Hokkaido Shinkansen rail line in about 5 years.      

People Flocking in the Platform

 I heard about 600 people got together to welcome the first train coming to this station. Suddenly the Nebuta festival live music started, which was a signal of the train arrival, and all people got ready to  take pictures and filming the train.      

The inspection train appeared!

Inspection Train "East i"

 The inspection train “East i” which is equipped with all the measuring device and inspection apparatus left Hachinohe Station at 2:00am, kept running 30km/h and arrived at this station at 9:49am.  Gradually test speed will get faster and final test run will be 260km/h as the maximum speed in the end of June. Amazing!        

    

     

Welcome ceremony was held.   

   

By Shinkansen it will take only 3 hours and 10 minutes from Tokyo to  Aomori-city from December 2010.  Those who will hold Japan Rail Pass while staying in Japan, please do not fail to visit Aomori!!!