Aomori, Japan

Celebration is a way of life in this iconic city, brilliantly showcased during the menagerie and elaborate annual festivals that honor every aspect of the life and nature that flow through the streets. The city comes alive at night during the Nebuta Festival; towering Nebuta lantern floats transform the streets, unveiling Aomori's rich cultural heritage in a mesmerizing display of art and tradition. Yet, what truly sets Aomori apart is its seamless blend of culture and nature. While the festivities paint the night, this city invites you to explore serene lakes, verdant forests, and the iconic Hirosaki Castle during the day, creating an irresistible destination that seamlessly combines cultural immersion and scenic wonder.