My trip to Aomori Hirosaki, 青森 弘前

Helloooooooo to you all !

First of all sorry that I haven’t been posting anything for a while, been kinda busy with the begin of the new year and a lot of new things has happened in my life that you will find out soon in the posts that I write !

This post is about our trip to North Japan to an area called Aomori and to be more exact to a town called Hirosaki where we spent our new years in my girlfriends parrents house.

We went to Aomori for 26 to 3rd of january. We were thinking first how to go there that would not be too expensive but still would be interesting so we decided to go by buss and come back by shinkansen (bullet train).

From Tokyo to Aomori
So Our bags were packed and we were ready to go so we started our journey by taking the Tozai line to Otemachi.

My girlfriend and I were ready to go 😀 pre train photos !
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We found the right exit fast and we got there a bit early so we were waiting for our buss.

From Tokyo to Aomori

Our buss itself was quite normal except for couple of things like they gave us free pillow and eye thing to sleep with and blankets too but of course the blankets we could not take with us, also the leg space was perfect even for kinda tall gaijin like me !

From Tokyo to Aomori

a lot of space
From Tokyo to Aomori

Also free slippers
From Tokyo to Aomori

that pillow was great I might add
From Tokyo to Aomori

and the blanket of course
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Was watching a bit Simpsons before the lights were turned off
From Tokyo to Aomori

Our first High way stop was in Kamikawachi (上河内) which is in Tochigi. We went out for a quick smoke and to see what was in that building. I myself love those highway stops since there are always lots of interesting things.
From Tokyo to Aomori
It was suprisingly cold there compared to Tokyo.
Did find something interesting there tho ! Strawberry kitkat!
From Tokyo to Aomori

We had couple of other stops as well in the night but we were sleeping so we didn’t go out to see them.

Next stop we went out was at the early morning at Iwatesan (which has a big mountain called Iwate if I am not mistaken)

Now that we went out we saw something different ! SNOW ! heh it’s interesting to go in that since you leave from Tokyo that had no snow what so ever and then after couple of hours in a buss and everywhere is covered in snow.
From Tokyo to Aomori
From Tokyo to Aomori
Was a nice place to shop, got some little things for myself as well.

My girlfriend posing infront of our buss while our drivers are smoking in the background 😀
From Tokyo to Aomori

And so the Early morning of 27th we arrived to Hirosaki station and my girlfriends father took us to their house to relax for a while before we went out shopping.
From Tokyo to Aomori
first thing I noticed was that there was much more snow then in Finland at winter.

Aomori and Hirosaki are famous for apples so of course Hirosaki station had a huge apple
apple of Hirosaki aomori
Went to a small fish market with my girlfriend and her mom.
Fish market in Hirosaki

Oh and by the way I saw something that you don’t normally see in Tokyo
Whale meat!

To be honest I don’t see what the big fuss is about but still had to take couple of photos since it was the first time for me to see it in a store 😀
Whale meat!Whale meat!

But so our trip to Aomori started and the week in northen Japan began.

More soon to come…!
Check out my you tube channel since I am now uploading new videos from Japan there ! http://www.youtube.com/user/aginar

ps. Be happy with Happy drug! straight from Aomori babyyy !
happy drug , best shop in aomori

From Meiji Shrine to Shinkuju gyoen via Harajuku.

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Wanted to get some new photos of Meiji-jingu. Got some good ones but have to go back there when it is a clear blue sky.

Always when I walk to the Meiji shrine through these huge .. what ever they called. I get this unspoken wind of spiritual power.

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By the way there is a beautiful flowers at Meiji shrine as well. Same as Shinjuku gyoen but there is even more.
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Few shots of the main shrine.
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Sky in Japan now is so mystical looking for some reason.
Meiji Shrine 明治神宮

After I got done with Meiji Shrine I went to harajuku a bit to have breakfast and to take few photos as well.
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And then started the longish walk to shinjuku gyoen (park). The walk is not actually that long but I got lost in the middle a bit! Got some normal Shinjuku gyoen photos taken but every time I visit that park it feels like I find something new.
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I really do recommend everyone to go to Shinjuku park this week and next week because it is now filled with beautiful flower arrangements !

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Yesterday I was in Finnish men who live in Tokyo sauna evening, normally we go to Shibuya to have sauna and a beer at hub but this time we had a special situation and we had our sauna evening at Finland embassy sauna and not just the normal sauna for the help but the main sauna with the balcony and beer + alcohol served well and of course Finnish sausages , pan and salad ! took few small photos there that I will post soonish.

Cat cafe at Shinjuku, 猫カフェ 新宿

Cats and Pizza, 猫とピザ

I went to Cat cafe with my girl last week as you saw in the many many photos I took to my flickr!

Here are couple of videos I took in there as well!

Lunch time Lunch time ! and all the cats came running to get the food !

After everyone were full they started to play !

one of the cutest cats in Japan

the Cats in Tokyo are so cute and this is one very good example of that statement !

She always guards that parking area and I see her daily 😀

ps. I’m sorry if a sound stupid 😀