The A-shaped Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center (ASPAM) on Aomori waterfront is a landmark of this northern city and was completed in 1986.
ASPAM is a 76 meter tall building symbolizing the first letter of Aomori Prefecture and Aomori city and is a multi-use structure introducing Aomori's local food and handicraft products and the prefecture's many tourist attractions.
ASPAM has a restaurant floor with local ramen, curry and donburi on the menu, an observatory on the 13th floor with fantastic views out over Mutsu Bay, a panorama film room showing video of Aomori's famous Nebuta Festival, a Municipal Hall with photographic panels introducing the nature of Aomori Prefecture and two performance spaces, where you may hear local musicians performing Tsugaru jamisen (shamisen) and other folk music.
Useful for visitors to Aomori is the tourist information office inside ASPAM which also has discount tickets on offer for local events as well as information in English, Chinese and other languages.
ASPAM along with the adjacent Aomori Bay Bridge is illuminated at night in a colorful light show.
Access - Getting to ASPAM
Tel: 017 735 5311
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