Are you interested in museums? How about ships? Aomori’s Hakkoda Maru Memorial Ship is a museum inside a ship!
The ship was formerly one of several which linked facilitated travel between Aomori, the northernmost point on Japan’s main island of Honshu, and the northern island of Hokkaido. With the opening of the Seikan Tunnel in 1988, these ships fell out of use. The Hakkoda Maru was eventually turned into a museum which commemorates the daily life in Aomori when these ships were in use, as well as the ships themselves and their history.
Tours of the museum are self-guided, leaving you plenty of opportunity to explore in your own time. From looking into the different rooms to inspecting the train carriages that once travelled on the ferry, to peering through the captain’s spyglass; there is plenty to see and do aboard the ship.
Once you climb up on deck you will have an unrivalled view of the bay, as well as Aomori City itself. This ship is a great way to spend an hour or two in Aomori, and best of all you don’t need good weather to enjoy it – it’s also perfect for a rainy day.