About Aomori
Area:9,645.40 sq. km

The characters for Aomori mean “blue forest” - a fitting name for the northernmost prefecture on the main Japanese island of Honshu.

Aomori is filled with beautiful landscapes - the gorgeous Hakkoda Mountains, the pristine Oirase River and Lake Towada, and the pretty cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle in the springtime - and as a result, it is one of the top hiking destinations in Japan during the warmer seasons.

In addition to its scenic views, tourists can travel through time by visiting the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, an archaeological site containing ruins from the prehistoric Jomon Period (14000 - 300 BC), as well as the aforementioned Hirosaki Castle, while munching on Aomori’s famous apples. Try to visit in early August if you can to witness the spectacular Nebuta Festival!

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Tour three prefectures in Northern Honshu

Sky High in Aomori's ASPAM

In and around the Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center

Memorial Ship Hakkoda-Maru

A historical vessel docked at Matsu Bay in Aomori City

Misawa Aviation and Science Museum

Family fun outside a US military base

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Tour three prefectures in Northern Honshu

One note- in case you have trouble finding it, the temple with the nice gardens in Matsushima is Entsuin Temple (円通院) and it is located very close to Zuiganji Temple. Sign up for bracelet-maki...

Art Hotel Color Aomori

A new twist on the Japanese business hotel


Aomori's Amazing Apples

The best way to enjoy apples is pick them yourself

looks fun! when's the best season to pick apples?

Sannai-Maruyama Site

A glimpse of Japan 5000 years ago

I went here with my mother when she came to Japan about 2 years ago. Sannai Maruyama is probably one of my favorite places to visit in Japan. We went on a gorgeously sunny and cool May day and, as you...