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Until the opening of the Seikan Tunnel in 1988, ferries were the primary means of travel between Honshu and Hokkaido, and Aomori served as the hub for travelers to transfer between train and ferry. With the opening of the railway tunnel, the ferries lost much of their importance, although car ferries continue to connect Aomori with Hakodate today. One of the former ferries, the Hakkodamaru (bc, Hakkōdamaru) now serves as a memorial to the bygone era.

After completing its final voyage in 1988, the Hakkodamaru retired to Aomori Port where it remains permanently moored as a museum ship. Two of its sister ships, the Masumaru and the Yoteimaru, have also been converted into museum ships and can be seen in port at Hakodate and at the Maritime Museum in Odaiba respectively.

Much of the Hakkodamaru is open to the public, and a self guided tour leads through the ship. Visitors start on the promenade deck, which has been converted into a museum exhibiting a variety of photo displays and life size dioramas that describe the people and culture of Aomori Port. Several other rooms house model ships and items related to the ferry service. Visitors can also see preserved cabins, enter the bridge, explore the open top deck, and then descend into the lower bowels of the ship to explore the engine room.

Finally, the tour leads through the vehicle deck, a unique feature of the Hakkodamaru, which could hold up to 48 rail cars on four separate tracks. The trains would enter the ship via a hatch at the rear and were stored there for the 3.5 hour journey across the strait. Several historic trains remain on display including an express car, mail car and a diesel locomotive.

Getting there and around

The Hakkodamaru Memorial Ship is about a five minute walk north of JR Aomori Station.

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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori
      Luxury
      Set in Aomori, within 5.8 km of Sannai-Maruyama site and 43 km of Tsuta Hot Spring, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori offers accommodation with free WiFi throughout the property. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a fitness centre and to a restaurant. Aomori Camp Garrison and Defense Hall is 3.8 km from the hotel and Shin-Aomori Station is 4.9 km away. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori every room has bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Languages spoken at the reception include English and Japanese. Hirosaki Castle is 42 km from Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori, while Aomori Station is 500 metres away. The nearest airport is Aomori Airport, 12 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Jogakura
      Luxury
      Located at the foot of Mount Hakkoda, Hotel Jogakura provides mountain resort accommodation boasting natural hot spring baths, saunas and gorgeous Japanese meals. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and ski equipment rentals can be arranged. Fitted with wide windows and dark-coloured wooden flooring, each guestroom comes with a TV, a fridge and a telephone. Guests can make a cup of tea using an electric kettle and tea bags. The en suite bathroom includes a bath tub and a hairdryer. Jogakura Hotel provides free luggage and ski storage services. Free-use internet PCs and a water server are available at the lobby. Laundry facilities can be used for free. The hotel offers free shuttles to/from JR Aomori Station, a 50-minute drive away. Aomori Airport is a 45-minute drive from the property. Japanese multi-course dinner is served at the dining room. A breakfast buffet with Western and Japanese dishes is also available.
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    • Iroha Ryokan
      Budget-friendly
      Only a 2-minute walk from JR Aomori Train Station, Iroha Ryokan offers simple Japanese-style rooms with a flat-screen TV. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests and free parking is available. Guests sleep on tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding in each air-conditioned room. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. A free-use washing machines is provided and luggage storage is available at the front desk. A Japanese set-menu is served for breakfast and dinner. Dinner is served at the guestsf room and guests can choose to have breakfast in their rooms or at the shared dining room. Guests who want to eat dinner must make a reservation upon booking. Ryokan Iroha is a 15-minute drive from Sannai Maruyama Site and a 20-minute drive from Showa Daibutsu Buddha Statue. Aomori Museum of Art is a 15-minute drive away.
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    • Yadoya Tsubaki
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Aomori and only 20 km from Sannai-Maruyama site, Yadoya Tsubaki features accommodation with sea views, free WiFi and free private parking. This 2-star ryokan provides a spa experience, with its hot spring bath and open-air bath. The property offers allergy-free units and is located 15 km from Aomori Station. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units offering a tatami, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom with a a bath or shower. At the ryokan, every unit is fitted with bed linen and towels. There is a coffee shop on-site. The ryokan is located in a geothermal area, with a number of hot springs nearby for guests to relax in. Guests at the ryokan will be able to enjoy activities in and around Aomori, like hiking and walking tours. Aomori Camp Garrison and Defense Hall is 18 km from Yadoya Tsubaki, while Shin-Aomori Station is 19 km from the property. The nearest airport is Aomori Airport, 25 km from the accommodation.
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    • Richmond Hotel Aomori
      Luxury
      A 15-minute walk from JR Aomori Train Station, Richmond Hotel Aomori features rooms with VOD channels and free Wi-Fi. Guests can request relaxing massages for an extra cost and use the on-site coin launderette. Rooms come with air conditioning/heating facilities, a flat-screen TV and a seating area. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath and free toiletries. A fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each as room as well. An air purifier and humidifier is provided in each room. The 24-hour front desk offers luggage storage, photocopying services and concierge services. Drinks vending machines are on site and guests can use the shared microwave. The property offers children's amenities including slippers and toothbrushes. A Japanese and Western-style breakfast buffet including local specialities is served at Sky Dining Brillianterrace. Aomori Richmond Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Sannai Maruyama Site and Aomori Museum of Art. Aomori Airport is a 20-minute drive away.
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    • Super Hotel Aomori
      Budget-friendly
      Super Hotel Aomori is situated in Aomori, within 7 km of Sannai-Maruyama site and 42 km of Tsuta Hot Spring. This 2-star hotel offers luggage storage space and free WiFi. Aomori Camp Garrison and Defense Hall is 5 km from the hotel and Shin-Aomori Station is 6.1 km away. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at Super Hotel Aomori have air conditioning and a desk. Hirosaki Castle is 42 km from the accommodation, while Aomori Station is 1.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Aomori Airport, 12 km from Super Hotel Aomori.
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    • HOTEL MYSTAYS Aomori Station
      Mid-range
      HOTEL MYSTAYS Aomori Station is a 3-minute walk from Aomori Train Station. Guests can enjoy their meals and a drink at the on-site caf? and restaurant. With free WiFi, the air-conditioned rooms all come with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle. Each has a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries and a hairdryer. The restaurant serves local specialities. A Japanese and continental breakfast is offered daily. Sannai-Maruyama site is a 10-minute drive from HOTEL MYSTAYS Aomori Station. Aomori Airport is 15 km away.
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    • Hotel Aomori
      Mid-range
      Set a 6-minute drive from JR Aomori Station and Nebuta House Warasse, Hotel Aomori features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The hotel is 30 minutes by car from Sannai-Maruyama site. There is free shuttle service, a 24-hour front desk, and shops at the property. The hotel also offers bike hire. JR Shin-Aomori Station is 20 minutes by car. The nearest airport is Aomori Airport, a 30-minute drive km from the property.
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    • Hotel JAL City Aomori
      Luxury
      Located a 6-minute walk away from JR Aomori Train Station, Hotel Jal City Aomori offers stylish rooms. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the property. Air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with foreign language satellite broadcasting and and an en suite bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and a bath. Each is fitted with a desk, an electric kettle and a refrigerator. At Aomori Jal City Hotel, guests can get a massage or use the laundry service. A luggage storage service and a designated smoking area are also available on site. La Sera serves a buffet-style breakfast as well as a la carte lunch items. Aspumu, a shopping site for local products is a 3-minute walk away, Nebuta house Warasse is a 5-minute walk and Aomorigyosai Centre where guests can enjoy Nokkedon is a 10-minute walk away. Mt. Hakkoda is a 55-minute drive from the property. The Sannai-Maruyama Site can be accessed within a 15-minute drive. Aomori Airport is a 25-minute bus ride away from the property.
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    • Hotel Route-Inn Aomori Chuo Inter
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located a 2-minute drive from the Aomori Chuo Interchange (IC), Hotel Route-Inn Aomori Chuo Inter offers rooms with a video-on-demand system on the flat-screen TV. Guests can request in-room massages and enjoy fresh baked bread at the free breakfast buffet. Modern rooms feature air conditioning, a fridge and an en suite bathroom. Green tea can be made using the electric kettle and a safety deposit box is available for storing personal belongings. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from JR Aomori Train Station, the Aomori Museum of Art and Nebuta no Sato Village Museum. Guests can unwind in the spacious public baths. A coin-operated launderette is available. Hanachaya serves a breakfast buffet of Japanese and Western dishes. In the evening, Hana-Hana-Tei offers Japanese food and drinks (closed on weekends and holidays).
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