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Aomori

Visit the northernmost tip of Honshu

About Aomori

Things to do in Aomori

Tours

Aomori Bike and Sightseeing Tour (Intermediate)

Aomori Bike and Sightseeing Tour (Intermediate)

Explore the breathtaking northern region of Aomori while cycling its picturesque routes during this tough yet rewarding 5-day tour designed for intermediate cyclists. 

Aomori Bike and Sightseeing Tour (Advanced)

Aomori Bike and Sightseeing Tour (Advanced)

Discover the magnificent northern region of Aomori while cycling its scenic routes during this intense yet highly rewarding 5-day tour designed for advanced cyclists. 

Areas

Hachinohe

Hachinohe

Hachinohe promises expansive coastlines, fresh seafood at the morning markets or a unique nightlife at the yatai village. The people of Hachinohe are always friendly and welcoming to visitors.

Hirosaki

Hirosaki

A castle town turned small city, Hirosaki is bigger than the rural towns most frequent in outer Aomori, but smaller than the regional capital. You’ll have to go a fair way off the beaten track in northern Honshu to get here and if you go much further, you’ll be in Hokkaido. I’d rec..

Aomori City

Aomori City

Aomori City is the capital of Aomori prefecture, and offers much to see and do, especially along the coastline with Aomori Bay. Aomori's Nebuta Warasse Museum invites visitors to learn about the history of nebuta festival floats, while at the adjacent A-Factory, visitors can go shopping or sampl..

Dining

Aji no Sapporo Onishi: Curry Ramen

Aji no Sapporo Onishi: Curry Ramen

Serving up one of Aomori's more modern soul foods, Aji no Sapporo Onishi offers up a unique ramen dish unlike any other – Miso Curry Milk Ramen. While soy sauce / niboshi (dried sardine) ramen typically dominates up in the Aomori region, ow..

Tasting Tsugaru

Tasting Tsugaru

The roads that wind through the lush landscape of the Tsugaru Plain in Aomori Prefecture are lined with rice paddies and orderly groves of fruit trees. Once a sparsely inhabited marshland, the region was transformed into an agricultural center by lan..

Anzu Izakaya in Hirosaki

Anzu Izakaya in Hirosaki

When I arrived in Hirosaki, one of the things I found at the tourist office was a little leaflet called 'Eight local culinary specialties', with information about a range of dishes and their histories. For example, much of the local food is v..

Places to stay

Aoni Onsen

Aoni Onsen

Imagine an old wooden building, a traditional Japanese ryokan, hidden in a valley somewhere in a remote area of the Aomori Prefecture. Surrounded by a thick forest and built along a stream near a waterfall, this place will make you go back to hundred..

Lake Towada Backpackers Hostel

Lake Towada Backpackers Hostel

Lake Towada is has plenty of must-see spots and it’s one of the most popular destinations in Tohoku, straddling Akita and Aomori Prefectures. With dozens of hikes, sightseeing cruises, kayaking and other nature and adventure activities, the bes..

Hotel Naqua City Hirosaki

Hotel Naqua City Hirosaki

Hotel Naqua City Hirosaki, part of the Naqua Hotels & Resorts group, is a perfect choice as your place to stay while on a business trip or holiday in Aomori Prefecture. With its convenient location there is excellent access to famous tourist spot..

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Towada-Hachimantai National Park

Towada-Hachimantai National Park

In truth there are very few places in Japan that are actually remote, but if there are places that feel remote, they might well be found within the grounds of Towada-Hachimantai National Park that covers two expansive portions of the mountain ranges ..

Agricultural Adventures in Hirosaki

Agricultural Adventures in Hirosaki

Hirosaki is one of Aomori's rural gems and considered a top Tohoku destination. While the spring sees flocks of visitors descend on Hirosaki Castle to capture the mesmerising cherry blossom views along the castle moat, by the summer the region co..

Aomori's Hypnotizing Lake

Aomori's Hypnotizing Lake

When I went to Aomori's Lake Juniko I was not expecting to be hypnotized. The image still teases me in my dreams. We have all heard Japan has amazing natural scenery, but Aoike Pond is literally paralyzing beautiful. I remember visiting like it ..

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About aomori

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionTohoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalAomori
Population1,373,339
Area9,645.40 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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