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  Summer Festival     

Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of the most famous summer festivals in Japan. Everybody can view the parade along the streets. Find your viewing place in advance. It is very difficult to book a hotel room because of high season. Other Aomori summer festivals are nice, too. They are held in Hirosaki, Hachinohe and Goshogawara. Big cities such as Akita, Sendai, Yamagata and Morioka are also famous for their summer festival. There are wheelchair accessible toilets, but not so many. Also there are wheelchair spaces to watch the festival, but you have to pay to book them in advance.   http://www.nebuta.or.jp/

  Aomori museum of art    

Located near Shinkansen railway station. Opened in 2006. Museum building architecture is also famous. Sannai Maruyama ruins (village about 2000 years ago) and park are located next to the museum.
http://www.aomori-museum.jp
    

  Hirosaki castle     

No step in a castle park. Wheelchairs cannot enter inside the castle because of stairs. The wooden castle gate has a ramp. Traditional gravel roads run to the castle, but some part of them is paved for wheelchairs, canes and elder persons. Wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Hirosaki castle is very famous for cherry blossoms from late April to early May.
http://www.hirosaki.co.jp

  Mount Osore

A ghostly mountain. It is said that souls will go to the mountain when people die. The scenery is like hell or the end of the world. An amazing power spot in the northern edge of Japan main islands. It is believed that female mediums called Itako can call up spirits of the dead to communicate with them. There are many ramps at the gate and temple. The temple has nice onsen inside. Free of charge. The bathroom has some steps, but itís possible for small manual wheelchair users to enter it with some help.

  Lake Towada     
A Big lake in a mountain. Walking along Oirase stream is a popular activity, but it is impossible to walk on wheelchair because of the wild mountain roads along the river. Enjoy great nature, fresh air, and natural water. Many hotels around the lake.
http://www.towada-kankou.jp/english/laketowada.html
     

  Kakunodate

Called "small Kyoto" in Tohoku area. Akita Shinkansen (rapid train) stop at Kakunodate station. Many samurai houses in town. It is impossible to enter those old houses on wheelchair. Wheelchair users enjoy walking the street and watching from outside.
http://kakunodate-kanko.jp/languages/en/