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Where to Stay For the Aomori Nebuta Festival: Top 12 Hotels Close to the Route (Feature)

Where to Stay For the Aomori Nebuta Festival: Top 12 Hotels Close to the Route (Feature)

Last updated: 12 June 2024

Aomori City is filled with enthusiasm during the Nebuta Festival, with a parade of colossal nebuta floats, music, and dancers. We'll introduce our recommended places to stay for the Nebuta Festival along the nebuta parade route in this feature.

What's the Nebuta Festival?

The Nebuta Festival is one of Aomori's most important events and was recognized as a national important intangible cultural property in 1980.

The festival features a parade of giant doll-shaped lanterns called "nebuta" and dancers known as "haneto," who chant "rassera, rassera (welcome, welcome)" as they jump and dance throughout the city.

The festival usually takes place from August 2-7, with large nebuta parades happening daily during this period. On the final evening, the procession moves to the water, and you can enjoy a finale of fireworks alongside the floats in Aomori Port.

You can read more about the Nebuta Festival from the article below.

Recommended hotels near the Nebuta Matsuri Route

Recommended hotels near the Nebuta Matsuri Route

Richmond Hotel Aomori (Along the Nebuta Festival route)

Gaze out at the Nebuta Festival from an amazing view/window!
just a 15-minute walk from JR Aomori Station, the Richmond Hotel Aomori promises a blend of comfort and convenience. Each room is thoughtfully designed with modern amenities, including air conditioning, heating facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Relax in the cozy seating area, or refresh yourself in the private bathroom, equipped with a shower, bathtub, and complimentary toiletries. Rooms also feature a fridge, an electric kettle with green tea bags, and an air purifier and humidifier for added comfort.

For those in need of relaxation, the hotel offers massage services at an additional cost. A coin-operated launderette is available on-site for your convenience. The 24-hour front desk provides luggage storage, photocopying, and concierge services, ensuring a hassle-free stay. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of drinks vending machines and a shared microwave.

Families traveling with children will appreciate the special amenities provided for the little ones, including slippers and toothbrushes. Start your day with a delightful Japanese and Western-style breakfast buffet at Sky Dining Brillianterrace.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • Richmond Hotel Aomori
    Richmond Hotel Aomori
    リッチモンドホテル青森
    • Address 030-0861
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      21 minutes on foot

Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori (1 minute to the Nebuta Festival route)

Right on the Nebuta Festival route - a highly-rated hotel with a fitness gym
The Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori is a 4-star hotel in the heart of Aomori City, just a brief 5-8 minute walk from Aomori Station. This prime location offers guests easy access to the vibrant Nebuta Festival route, a variety of restaurants, bustling seafood markets, and local attractions, ensuring an immersive experience in the city’s cultural and culinary delights.

The hotel boasts modern, spacious rooms with stunning city views. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, and a private bathroom with a bidet, providing all the comforts of home.

Dining at the on-site Japanese restaurant is a highlight for many, offering excellent regional cuisine that showcases the flavors of Aomori. For those looking to stay active, the hotel features a well-equipped fitness center.

Guests consistently praise the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori for its excellent service, clean and comfortable rooms, and proximity to transportation and sights, making it an ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers seeking a blend of modern amenities and cultural immersion.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori
    Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori
    ダイワロイネットホテル青森
    • Address 1-11-16 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0801
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      9 minutes on foot

Hotel JAL City Aomori (1 minute to the Nebuta Festival route)

Very popular breakfast buffet using local ingredients
Hotel JAL City Aomori is a comfortable 3-star hotel conveniently located in the center of Aomori City, just a 6-minute walk from JR Aomori Station. It offers stylish air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and private bathrooms. The hotel features a restaurant serving Japanese and Western cuisine, as well as amenities like laundry services, massage services, and a 24-hour front desk. With its accessible location near shopping, dining, and tourist attractions like the Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center, Hotel JAL City Aomori provides an ideal base for enjoying the Nebuta Festival.

  • Hotel JAL City Aomori
    Hotel JAL City Aomori
    ホテルJALシティ青森
    • Address 2-4-12 Yasukata, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0803
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      8 minutes on foot

Hotel Aomori (Along the Nebuta Festival route)

One of Aomori's leading hotels - amazing view of the Nebuta Festival from the top-floor bar
Hotel Aomori is a modern 3-star retreat situated in the heart of Aomori City. The hotel features a delightful restaurant and bar, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi available throughout the property. Located just a 6-minute drive from JR Aomori Station and the cultural landmark Nebuta House Warasse, Hotel Aomori offers both convenience and scenic beauty, with panoramic views of Mutsu Bay and the Hakkoda Mountains from many of its rooms.

Each room is equipped with essential amenities such as air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable environment regardless of the season. The hotel also provides laundry services (additional charge) for added convenience. For those looking to explore the city on two wheels, bicycle rentals are available for an additional charge, making it easy to discover the local attractions at your own pace.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • Hotel Aomori
    Hotel Aomori
    ホテル青森
    • Address 1-1-23 Tsutsumimachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0812
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      28 minutes on foot

Super Hotel Aomori (Along the Nebuta Festival route)

One of Japan's affordable hotel chains
Super Hotel Aomori is a 2-star budget hotel located in Aomori City. It offers free WiFi, luggage storage, and a welcome bar serving local sake and cocktails. The hotel is situated in a bustling commercial area, around 2 km from Aomori Station and 7 km from the Sannai-Maruyama archaeological site. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a desk, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel provides free breakfast.

  • Super Hotel Aomori
    • Address Hashimoto-Cho1Chome 3-14, Aomori, Aomori, 030-0823
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    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      25 minutes on foot

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Hotel Mystays Aomori Station

Hotel Mystays Aomori Station is a conveniently located hotel, just a 3-minute walk from Aomori Station. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms with free toiletries. The hotel features an on-site restaurant serving continental and Japanese breakfast, as well as a café where guests can enjoy meals and drinks. With its prime location on Shinmachi Street, surrounded by natural beauty and close to attractions like the Aomori Fish and Vegetables Center, the hotel provides a comfortable base for the Nebuta Matsuri.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Chinese

  • Hotel Mystays Aomori Station
    Hotel Mystays Aomori Station
    ホテルマイステイズ青森駅前
    • Address 1-8-6 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0801
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      7 minutes on foot

Dormy Inn Aomori

Dormy Inn Aomori is a 3-star hotel located just a 9-minute walk from Aomori Station. It offers natural hot spring baths, including both indoor and outdoor onsens, as well as a sauna. The hotel provides spacious rooms by Japanese standards and excellent service. Guests can enjoy breakfast, which includes buffet, continental, and American options. Visitors are impressed by the quiet and comfortable accommodations, great onsen facilities, and convenient location.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • Awayuki no Yu Dormy Inn Aomori
    Awayuki no Yu Dormy Inn Aomori
    天然温泉 淡雪の湯 ドーミーイン青森
    • Address 2-5-1 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0801
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      12 minutes on foot

Aomori Green Park Hotel

Aomori Green Park Hotel is a budget hotel located not far from the Nebuta Festival route. It is just 2 km from Aomori Station and a 9-minute walk from the sea. The hotel features a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi, and offers breakfast options.

・Languages spoken: Japanese

  • Aomori Green Park Hotel
    Aomori Green Park Hotel
    青森グリーンパークホテル
    • Address 1-4-16 Honcho, Aomori, Aomori, 030-0802
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      25 minutes on foot

Hotel Sunroute Aomori

Hotel Sunroute Aomori is a modest 3-star hotel located in a commercial district, just a 5-minute walk from Aomori Station. The rooms are simple and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms have tatami floors, futons, and traditional short-legged tables. The hotel has three restaurants, including one serving European fusion fare and another serving classic seafood dishes. There are also coin-operated laundry facilities available. Guests can enjoy ocean views from the on-site restaurant, and breakfast options are available.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • Hotel Sunroute Aomori
    Hotel Sunroute Aomori
    ホテルサンルート青森
    • Address 1-9-8 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0801
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      6 minutes on foot

APA Hotel Aomorieki-Kenchodori

APA Hotel Aomorieki-Kenchodori is a budget-friendly hotel conveniently located close to restaurants, bars, and the central district of Aomori City. It offers air-conditioned rooms with amenities such as original mattresses, desks, flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, and refrigerators. The hotel provides a daily buffet breakfast and helpful staff to guide guests on local attractions, like the Nebuta Matsuri. Notable features include its proximity to Aomori Station (a 10-minute walk), free WiFi, and reasonable pricing.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • APA Hotel Aomorieki-Kenchodori
    APA Hotel Aomorieki-Kenchodori
    アパホテル〈青森駅県庁通〉
    • Address 2-6-6 Yasukata, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0803
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      10 minutes on foot

Art Hotel Aomori

Art Hotel Aomori is a modern, urban hotel located a stroll away from the Nebuta Matsuri parade route. The hotel offers stunning views of the Hakkoda Mountains and Mutsu Bay. It is conveniently situated just a short walk from Shinmachi 2-chome Bus Stop, where the airport shuttle stops, and is also within walking distance of JR Aomori Station. The hotel features an open, sunny lobby with an atrium and offers a variety of room types to suit different needs.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese, Chinese

  • Art Hotel Aomori
    Art Hotel Aomori
    アートホテル青森
    • Address 2-1-26 Honcho, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0802
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      16 minutes on foot

Hotel Route-Inn Aomori Ekimae

Hotel Route-Inn Aomori Ekimae is an affordable hotel situated across from Aomori Station, providing easy access to transportation. The hotel offers modern accommodations with amenities such as free Wi-Fi and is located within a 15-minute walk from attractions like the Hirota-jinja Shrine and the Prefectural Kyodokan. During the summer, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from the site of the famous Nebuta Festival. Additionally, its Hanachaya restaurant serves a local breakfast menu.

・Languages spoken: English, Japanese

  • Hotel Route-Inn Aomori Ekimae
    Hotel Route-Inn Aomori Ekimae
    ホテルルートイン青森駅前
    • Address 1-1-24 Shinmachi, Aomori-shi, Aomori, 030-0801
    • Nearest Station Aomori Station (Ou Line / Tsugaru Line / Aoimori Tetsudo)
      3 minutes on foot

Questions about Nebuta Festival hotels

1. What should I pack for the festival?
Aomori is famous for its snow, but the Nebuta Festival takes place in midsummer in August. The average temperature is above 20℃, so short sleeves are fine, but it's best to bring a jacket for when staying overnight.

However, the Nebuta Festival will go ahead regardless of weather, and most routes don't have shelter, so we definitely recommend that you take a rain jacket.
2. Which are the best areas for seeing the Nebuta Festival?
Close-Up: We recommend heading to Shinmachi-dori Street to experience the power of the nebuta from up close. Hotel JAL City Aomori faces this street.

Take it all in: To get a good vantage of the entire festival, we recommend along the wider National Route 4. The performances of each group will be exhilarating in front of the city hall because it has the judges' seating and TV broadcasts. The Richmond Hotel Aomori is along the National Route 4.

Stroll around: There aren't many paid seats on Hakko-dori, where the Daiwa Roynet Hotel Aomori is located, or on Heiwa Koen-dori, where Hotel Aomori is located. We recommend this area for those who want to walk around casually and see everything.
3. When is the best day to stay during the festival period?
At the Nebuta Festival, the events and sequence differ depending on the day, such as Children Nebuta and Large Nebuta. If you can, we recommend staying for a few nights to fully enjoy the festival. In particular, you should definitely stay for the last day because there is also a fireworks display!

Activities to enjoy while staying for the Nebuta Festival

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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