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 By air
Aomori's airport is served by Japan Airlines. JAL flights arrive from Tokyo Haneda Airport, Nagoya Centrair Airport, Osaka Itami and Kansai Airports, Sapporo Chitose Airport, and Fukuoka Airport. Buses connect the airport to the main train station for ¥560. The bus ride lasts 35 minutes.
 By train
From Tokyo, the fastest method of reaching Aomori is by taking the Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate (はやて) train to Hachinohe, then transfer to a limited express train for the run to Aomori. Connections in Hachinohe are excellent, but at a price of about ¥17000, it makes sense to purchase a Japan Rail Pass or a JR East Pass beforehand. The one-way ride takes just over 4 hours.
While just about all long-distance overnight trains which run toward Sapporo (on the northernmost island of Hokkaido) stop only in Aomori to change direction, and not to discharge passengers, some other overnight services actually start/terminate in Aomori. Here are the most convenient trains:
Shin-Aomori station is a four minute ride from Aomori station on the Ou line, and services are pretty infrequent at the moment. However, Shin-Aomori station will take on a major role in 2010, when the Tohoku Shinkansen is extended north from Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori. Faster trains will be introduced to eventually bring the speed of the Hayate service from the present 275 km/h (170 mph) to an all-time high speed of 320 km/h (200 mph). This will cut one hour off the current travel time from Tokyo, from 4 hours to 3 hours.
 By bus
Several overnight bus services run between Tokyo and Aomori, taking 9 1/2 hours to complete. JR's "La Foret" service runs twice nightly and costs ¥10000 one-way. Several other operators run cheaper services periodically; these can be booked through travel agents or websites such as Rakuten.
 By boat
Major operator Higashi-Nihon Ferry  offers frequent services from Aomori to Hakodate. The high-speed Natchan-Rera (ナッチャンRera) hydrofoil, introduced in September 2007, links the two cities in 1 3/4 hours at a cost of ¥5000 each way in economy class, ¥6000 in business class and ¥10000 in executive class. There is also slower ferry service which takes almost four hours, starting from ¥1850 in second class. Departure times from Aomori to Hakodate on the hydrofoil are at 3:00, 10:00, 15:00 and 20:00, with ferry departures at 2:40, 7:20, 16:30 and 21:35.
 Get around
Taxis are always available from the train station.
Buses exist in Aomori, but it can be confusing without at least an intermediate Japanese ability.
Anywhere on or around the downtown main street is easily accessible by foot.
As with most outlying prefectural capitals, there isn't much to see in the city itself if you go in without knowing what to look for.
Aomori is famous for the Nebuta Matsuri  festival, held yearly in August.
For loading up on regional souvenirs, head to ASPAM, the unusual-looking triangular building located just behind the bridge on the harbor. It contains an exhibition hall for promoting tourism and local products.
Numerous hotels dot the shin-machi, the main street that stretches out from the train station. These hotels generally increase in price the closer you get to the train station.
The city tourist information center is located next to the bus stop on the left as you exit the train station; they have good brochures and maps in English. You can pick up the free Northern Tohoku Welcome Card  here, which gets you discounts on transport and attractions.
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