Your first stop on this comprehensive tour of Aomori will be at the Sannai Maruyama ruins that date back more than 4,000 years to the Jomon Period. An exhibition room holds various artifacts from the site that was revealed in 1992, during excavations for a baseball stadium’s foundations. Continue to the Aomori Natural Park recreation area, which showcases the amazing, colorful Aomori Nebuta Festival. The term ‘Nebuta’ refers to giant, illuminated floats used in the procession, of which ten are on permanent display. See the Experience Show and try festival dancing, as well as handling the Nebuta. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Showa Daibutsu (Big Buddha). At 70 feet tall, this landmark stands on Kuwabara Hill and is the city’s symbol of wisdom, kindness and inner power. The statue weighs 220 tons. Transfer back to Aomori city to visit the ASPAM (Aomori Shopping & Product Mansion), a 15-story triangular building, where you can enjoy shopping for local specialty products.