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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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

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I remember when I lived in Akita a few years ago and went to Aomori City often. The Hirosaki train station plays Tsugaru Jamizen music when people board the train!! Now I live in Sendai and have only...

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