A World Natural Heritage Site, the world’s largest virgin forest of beech trees – Vestiges of ancient chronicles
Aomori Prefecture is situated on the northernmost tip of the Japanese main island facing Hokkaido, with Tsugaru Strait in between. The Ou Mountains that run from north to south divides the prefecture, thus, forming very different climates in the east and the west – lots of snow on the Japan Sea side and low temperatures even in the summer on the Pacific Ocean side.
Aomori Prefecture has abundant nature still left within: the Shirakami-Sanchi Mountain Range which embraces the world’s largest virgin forest of beech trees that is the World Natural Heritage, Oirase, famous for the beauty of its valley, Lake Towada-ko known for its mystic beauty, Tsugaru National Park which boasts of scenery, and Shimokita-hanto Peninsula Quasi-National Park on the northernmost tip of the mainland. You can also indulge in the ancient atmosphere of the San’nai-Maruyama Ruins, Japan’s largest, that is said to have been established in 4,000 to 5,000 B.C., Korekawa Ruins and Kame-ga-oka Ruins.
Aomori is a host of many festivals throughout the seasons, through which you can get a feeling of the lives of the people. The festivals include the Aomori Nebuta-matsuri Festival and the Hirosaki Neputa-matsuri Festival that paint the skies of summer in Aomori.
Iwaki Oyama Pilgrimage in Iwaki Town, the festival that adds poetic charm to the autumn in Tsugaru, and Hachinohe Enburi in Hachinohe City, a traditional winter festival to wish for prosperity and safety.
Getting to Aomori
An hour 10 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Aomori Airport, and 1 hour 30 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport. Thirty-five minutes from Aomori Airport to Aomori Station by bus. Four hours 55 minutes from Tokyo Station via Morioka Station (by JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line) to Aomori Station (by Tohoku Honsen Line).