Aomori Prefecture is surrounded by water to the North, East, and West. It is the Northernmost Prefecture in Honshu, Japan’s main island. It faces Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, and you can actually see Hokkaido when you stand on the coast on an exceptionally clear day. There is a Shinkansen that connects Honshu with Hokkaido through Aomori, and you can catch the Shinkansen from Shin-Aomori.
The Prefecture itself is actually Japan’s largest producer of apples. Like most of the Prefectures in the Tohoku Region, it relies on traditional industries to make money.
If you find yourself near Aomori Station, then you will be able to find a cultural museum called Nebuta House Wa Rasse. No traveller in Aomori should ever miss a trip to this museum. It celebrates the Nebuta Festival. Or, you could travel to the region from the 2nd – 7th of August, and witness the beautiful Aomori Nebuta Festival first hand. The Nebuta are lanterns that are shaped like warriors and animals, they are lit from the inside and carried through the city center.
You can also find the tallest seated bronze Buddha in the whole of Japan tucked away in Aomori, at Seiryu-Ji (Blue-Green Dragon Temple). It is in Aomori City, and it was originally built as a symbol of gratitude to all of the soldiers who served in WWII. It stands at a massive 70ft tall.
When most people think of Japanese castles they think of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, which is located on the former site of Edo Castle. Yet, in Hirosaki, you can find the captivating Hirosaki Castle. This traditional Japanese castle was built all the way back in 1611. It is famous for the cherry blossoms that surround it in the spring, as well as the rich history that is held within its walls.
A number of colourful festivals are held with every passing season in Aomori, so there is something for every traveller to enjoy.