About Aomori
Region:Tohoku
Island:Honshu
Capital:Aomori
Population:1,373,339
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

Oirase Stream in Summer

Natural beauty in northern Japan

Hirosaki Castle Park

Home of magnificent scenery throughout the four seasons

Hiking Along the Oirase Stream

Stunning forest scenery in Aomori

Star Wars Rice Paddy Art

Beloved characters come to Tohoku's fields

Community discussion

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...

Star Wars Rice Paddy Art

Did they plant various colors of grass or pain the grass? The designer must be a big fun of Star Wars!

Hirosaki's Neputa Matsuri

The dram is really huge! I'm sure the sound was also loud, Mandy.