Aomori is known as one of the apple prefectures in the country as they are the biggest apple producer of apples in Japan. Located at the northern tip of the main island of Japan, it boasts a collection of popular attractions and amazing festivals like the Nebuta Matsuri.
Going here for a short vacation will yield wonderful and unforgettable memories. In order to do that, you need to find a good base to settle before you explore the sights and sounds of the city.
Stay in one of these 10 hostels and guest houses in Aomori for a superb vacation!
1. Weekly-Sho Hotel Chitose
Weekly-Sho Hotel Chitose is a 5-minute walk from JR Aomori Station. It is a great place to stay for a few days because of the reasonable rates. The reason why the prices are quite affordable is because they shortened the reception time of the hotel. Although people might think that this kind of system is not normal, the majority of the guests who stay at Weekly-Sho Hotel Chitose is not bothered by this. If you’re looking for a good place to rest for a day or two, this hotel will definitely suit your taste.
Address: 1-4-14, Yasukata, Aomori-Shi, Aomori
2. Hirosaki Youth Hostel
Hirosaki Youth Hostel is conveniently located near the Hirosaki Sightseeing Information Center and the old castle grounds in Hirosaki. If your trip is centered around these attractions, then making the hostel your base is a good choice. However, it is not that easy to find! Make sure to check the signs along the road in order to arrive at the youth hostel. The rooms are clean and have comfortable beds. Definitely a place to check if you plan to visit Hirosaki.
Address: 11 Moricho, Hirosaki, Aomori
Lake Towada Area
3. Towadako Backpackers
Towadako Backpackers is tucked away in the quiet town of Towada, Aomori. The rooms are comfortable enough, and you won’t feel any dissatisfaction at all. The only thing about the location is that it’s very quiet, especially when the sun goes down. The receptionist may not be that good in speaking English, but that won’t stop them from trying! For meals, you can order their beef curry rice, which is very affordable and not to mention, delicious as well!
Address: 16-201 Okuse Towadakohan Yasumiya, Towada, Aomori
4. Towadako Hostel
Towadako Hostel is a 13-minute walk from Towadako Station. They have 16 fully air-conditioned rooms, Wi-Fi, and free breakfast. If you want to tour the area you can rent one of their bikes and explore to your heart’s content. The natural attractions that surround Lake Towada are worth seeing. If preferred to socialize with fellow guests, the shared lounge is a good place to strike a conversation.
Address: 16-146 Towadako Yasumiya, Towada, Aomori
Guriland is a simple yet charming guest house in the Towada area. They will let you experience one of the best boat tours in Lake Towada. They will lend you raincoats and life vests so you can be assured that you’ll be safe during the ride. Feel free to bring your camera and take pictures along the way. However, do take care because the speed of the boat is fast. The boats will stop at some of the attractions in the lake. That is the perfect opportunity to take some pictures and show it to your family and friends back home.
Address: Towadakohan Yasumiya 350-3 Okuse, Towada-shi, Aomori
Website: http://guriland.jp/hotel.htm (Japanese Only)
6. Mori No Akari
Mori no Akari is a 3-minute walk from Itadome bus stop. This is a hot spring inn located at the near center of Aomori Prefecture. With that said, it can be a good base to settle down before you tour the popular attractions. During winter, this area becomes an ideal place for snowboarding and skiing. Of course, don’t forget to soak in their hot springs!
Address: 17-1, Nagasakashita, Itadome, Kuroishi City, Aomori, Japan
Website: http://morino-akari.strikingly.com (Japanese Only)
7. Kawayo Green Youth Hostel
Kawayo Green Hostel is a unique place because it is located on a farm. The rooms are good, and the staffs are polite and hospitable. If you haven’t tried horse riding or milking a cow before, you can ask their staffs to teach you how. Overall, it is a quiet place tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Address: 3331 Mukaiyama, Oirase-cho, Kamikita-gun, Aomori
8. Guest House Muu
Guest House Muu maybe a small guest house, but the atmosphere is good. It is a bit far from the city center, but the accommodations are very affordable. The breakfast meals cost extra. The owner speaks very little English, but he is very friendly and will even recommend popular places that you can visit during your stay.
Address: 1-13-68, Omagari, Mutsu-Shi, Aomori
9. Wakinosawa Youth Hostel
Wakinosawa Youth Hostel is a pretty remote youth hostel in the Mutsu area of Aomori. It is around an hour drive from Ominato Station, and you can only arrive here if you have your own means of transportation. The hostel has a curfew at around 8:00 pm so keep that in mind as well. There are no convenience stores near the area so make sure to bring your snacks with you. The laid-back atmosphere is quite refreshing, especially when you want to find a place to take a breather from the busy city life.
Address: Senokawame-41 Wakinosawa, Mutsu-shi, Aomori
10. Kaikyo No Ie HorozukiKaikyo No Ie Horozuki is a unique place to stay. Why? Because it was renovated from the former Yuzuki Junior High School in Aomori. The traces of what used to be the school facilities can be seen all over the place. It is probably the only guest house in Japan that was remodeled from a former Junior High School. Wouldn’t it be interesting if you go ahead and give it a try?
Address: Murashimo-70 Horozuki, Imabetsu-machi, Higashitsugaru-gun, Aomori
Website: http://www.town.imabetsu.lg.jp/sightseeing/tourist/horoduki.html (Japanese Only)
Data is as of November 2018
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