Aomori is a northernmost prefecture of Honshu island which is cut off of three sides by the sea. This prefecture enjoys its magnificent and richness of nature like forests of cherry, maple, Japanese oak and beech that shows different beauty of each season, and winter landscape with horses pastured in severe cold air.
Aomori also have attractive culture and tradition. Visitors can enjoy various festivals and unique folk entertainments of each season like “Sakura Matsuri of Hirosaki Castle” in spring, Nebuta festivals in summer and snow lantern festival in winter.
As Aomori is famous with its agricultural and fishery products like apple and garlic as the top producing area in Japan and also famous with tuna and flounder, visitors can taste delicious local cuisine with seafood, fruits, vegetables and meats, and also various local sake (Japanese rice wine). This prefecture is also famous with many onsen (hot springs).
Along with these attractive features, there are also many touristic and cultural spots like “Shirakami-Sanchi” mountain area which is a world natural heritage site, “Sannai-Maruyama”, a special historical site as a largest settlement remains of approximately 5,500 to 4,000 years ago, “Fivestreed Pagoda of Buddhism Temple Kongouzan Saisyouin” as an important cultural property of Japan, and “Senjojiki Coast” with many unique shaped rocks and many more attractive spots.
The Sannai-Maruyama special historical site features the remains of a large, long-term settlement that from the Early to the Middle Jomon period(from approximately 5,500 to 4,000 years ago)
Senjojiki Coast, facing to the Sea of Japan, is a bedrock beach formed with the uplifting of land due to an earthquake in 1792.The rock shelf of approximately 12 kilometers, on which the lord of the area had 1,000 tatami mats laid out for a party, sweeps along the coast. The view at sunset time is magnificent and is selected as one of the “100 best sunsets in Japan”.
Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE
The Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE is a facility that introduces the history and charms of Aomori Nebuta Festival. On display are full-sized floats that participated in the festival in August, and Nebuta Faces that show the individuality of their respective creators. You can see the differences in the artists’ personal styles and techniques inherited from their respective teachers.
An apple cider (Europe original effervence apple extract) factory which use Aomori apples as its main ingredients and a facility where we can enjoy local delicacies. It is also famous as Aomori special food and souvenirs theme park.
Five-Storied Pagoda at Saishoin Temple
A five-story pagoda built by the third domain lord Nobuyoshi as a memorial for the souls of all people who fell in battle during the unification of Tsugaru in 1667. It is considered to be the most beautiful pagoda in Tohoku. It was built during the Edo Period using a construction method with no nails. The pagoda is designated as a national important cultual heritage site.
Hirosaki City Apple Park
There are around 1,300 apple trees of 65 varietes where we can learn and experience artificial poliinization, apple bud selection, plucking, and others. In this facility, visitor can learn about apple cultivation, history, circulation, and health. Also, it is established to be a picnic site where Tsugaru farmers’ home which is enlisted as city’s cultural heritage.
Tsuru no Maihashi Bridge
The construction of Tsuru no Maihashi Bridge was completed on July 8, 1994. The bridge spans across Tsugaru Fujimi Lake and it is the longest wooden bridge in Japan. The bridge is triple arched and is 300 meter long. Tsuruno Maihashi is a symbol of Tsuruta, the town of red-crowned crane and international cultural exchange. Red colored bridge during sunset are a few example of why tourists are drawn to visit this place.
Lake Juniko(Twelve Lakes)
The Tsugaru Quasi-National Park Lake Juniko is a collective name for 33 lakes and ponds. These lakes and ponds extend over an area of 4k㎡ on an undulating plateau, with a ranging altitude from 150 meters to 250 meters. Though there are 33 ponds and lakes, it is called Juniko as when seen from the summit of Mt. Okuzure, only twelve could be seen. Aoike is a very special lake – as blue as if it were artificially colored. With a water visibility of 9 meters (29 feet), one can see withered beech trees lying submerged in the cobalt water. The sight of Aoike when the sunbeam shines through the trees is simply breathtaking.
Access from Tokyo to Aomori
Haneda – Aomori around 1 hour 15 minutes
Tokyo – Shin Aomori around 3 hours 20 minutes
Tokyo – Aomori around 9 hours 30 minutes 〜11 hours
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*as of November 2016
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