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!

Latest travel features

Art Hotel Color Aomori

A new twist on the Japanese business hotel

Summer in Hirosaki

A place you will never forget

Tsugaru Jamisen

The melancholic sounds will touch your soul

Visit Hirosaki Apple Park

The largest apple producer in Japan

Community discussion

Summer in Hirosaki

I really like how your pictures turned out! I assume you used a film camera?

Star Wars Rice Paddy Art

How could they miss Darth Vader! Too bad I'm not visiting Japan this summer, this looks very massive!

Hirosaki Castle Park

We were just here a few weeks ago and, while the scenery was lovely, it was disappointing not to be able to enter the castle itself, due to the fact that they're moving it within the grounds soon. But...