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Aomori

Visit the northernmost tip of Honshu

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Nebuta Aomori Festival

Nebuta Aomori Festival

Nebuta festival is the biggest Tanabata festival that makes up the three great festivals of Tohoku Region. It is held in Aomori city every year from August 2nd to 7th. The highlight of the festival is the daily parade of gigantic, colourful lantern f..

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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 recommend taking s..

Dining

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..

Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

Pokhara Indian Restaurant Hachinohe

If you're looking for somewhere to eat and drink in Hachinohe, then on the southern side of the town there's a compact little grid of streets with scores of cafes and restaurants, so many that it can be hard to choose. If you like Indian food..

Zen Izakaya in Mutsu

Zen Izakaya in Mutsu

Early starts and busy days make for hungry people. After crossing the Shimokita Hanto by bus then arriving in Mutsu at 7:30am, seeing the sacred mountain of Osore-zan, then shopping in the town, I was ready for a good dinner. The friendly owner of a ..

Places to stay

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..

Art Hotel Color Aomori

Art Hotel Color Aomori

The Japanese business hotel experience is fairly universal. Anyone who spends time in Tokyo can at least recognize them from the outside; in fact one could argue that the speckling of blue neon Toyoko Inn signs are what make Tokyo’s night time ..

Hotel Pearl City Hachinohe

Hotel Pearl City Hachinohe

The HMI Hotel Group provides hospitable accommodation across seven brands of hotel in Japan, of which Pearl City is one. Hotel Pearl City Hachinohe is conveniently located just a three-minute walk away from the north exit of Hon-Hachinohe Statio..

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Memorial Ship Hakkoda-Maru

Memorial Ship Hakkoda-Maru

Built in 1964, the Hakkoda-Maru was a transport ship that carried trains from Aomori, in the north of Honshu Island, to Hakodate, in the south of Hokkaido. Hakkoda-Maru provided services from 1966 until 1988, when the opening of the underwater Seikan..

Misawa Aviation and Science Museum

Misawa Aviation and Science Museum

Paying homage to the adjacent airbase, the Misawa Aviation and Science Museum highlights the history, technology, and innovation behind mankind's quest to conquer the sky. While anyone can enjoy the unique stories and displays, the high number of..

Thunder in the Hills

Thunder in the Hills

If you're ever in Aomori in northern Japan and are feeling a need for speed, try heading to Moya Hills! This local favorite ski resort, boasting affordable rates and slopes for all skier levels, also offers camping and barbecue events during the ..

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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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