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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Community discussion

Aomori's Amazing Apples

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

Sannai-Maruyama Site

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...

The Autumn Rice Field Art of Aomori

First, I tought that this one isn't real. But it is! Thanks for the nice information^^!

Lake Towada's Winter Story

If we were to go, what other activities would you recommend nearby? We are an active family, skiiers and everything else! Thank you!

Wild Horses of Cape Shiriya

This looks great! I'll be headed there soon (over winter break) so I guess I'll see how well they stand the cold.


Thanks for your article! Lovely photos

Tsugaru Jamisen

What a nice experiences, Justin! It's bad because I only visited Aomori only in 3 days :( hope someday will visit it again!

Summer in Hirosaki

Thanks! No, I only used my DSLR cam. I retouched the tone, some of them.