Artistry abounds in this interesting half-day adventure centered on Goshogawara heritage, led by locals who share their passion for all that you will see. Sit back and enjoy a 75-minute leisurely drive through the scenic countryside to this lovely city in Aomori Prefecture. First, visit the Tsugaru Kanayama Kiln. About 2,200 years ago, pottery known as “sueki” was the first of its kind to be made in a kiln. Abandoned in the 10th century, the artform has had a resurgence, which you’ll delve into today. Next, visit the Tachineputa no Yakata pavilion to see a trio of some of the most unique parade floats ever created. Made of painted washi paper, these exquisite floats are just a part of the Goshogawara festival that occurs every August 4-8. Towering more than 72 feet tall, they weigh almost 17 tons apiece. Meet with an artisan who will explore the significance of these creations. Return to port with fascinating memories.