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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Hiking Along the Oirase Stream

Stunning forest scenery in Aomori

Nice Place.

Ominato Nebuta

Parade of lords, samurai, gods and devils

I wish I could watch that!


Japanese hell: rugged beauty meets spiritual serenity

I love such places in Japan most of all! When I come back from some countryside to Tokyo I fee discomfort. ))) I've read that Jizo also is the guardian for travelers.

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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...