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Japan, 〒030-0935 青森県青森市桑原山崎45

The largest seated bronze statue of Nyorai Buddha (Buddha of Emptiness) in Japan is more than 21 meters (almost 70 feet) high, quite a bit larger than the Nyorai Daibutsu in Nara. The statue sits in the open air outside the Seiryu-ji,...

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3 Chome-8-3 Honchō, Aomori-shi, Aomori-ken 030-0802, Japan

This little alley-arcade is hung with lanterns and lined with lots of food stalls—each with a counter and a few seats—serving traditional dishes. It’s the place to go for a cuisine that reflects the nearby sea and mountains.

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1 Chome-11-16 Furukawa, Aomori-shi, Aomori-ken 030-0862, Japan

Stop here for the region’s famous apples. Japanese farmers remove most of the buds from the tree and then place nets around the rest to keep them safe. This means apples the size of grapefruit are not uncommon.

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1 Chome-1-40 Yasukata, Aomori-shi, Aomori-ken 030-0803, Japan

ASPAM, which stands for Aomori Prefecture Sightseeing Products Mansion, is the ultramodern triangular building you can’t miss on the Aomori skyline. The shops and food stalls on the ground floor carry local crafts, souvenirs and...

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1 Chome-2-5 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori-ken 030-0801, Japan

Shinmachi Street, right outside Aomori station, is a pedestrian street full of art and antiques shops, department stores and sushi restaurants. This is the city’s main shopping artery, so you’ll be among locals as you wander and...