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Pro Aomori apples
Aomori ships the majority of the apples that get consumed around Japan, including the expensive $10+ per apple gifts that get presented in special occasions. Thus, Aomori is the prime location to try these apples at a more affordable price.
Pro Nebuta festival
Pro Friendly, affordable restaurants
Since Aomori is a small coastal city, the restaurants carry an air of local pubs, where everyone knows everyone else, and they're very friendly and welcoming to foreigners.