Aomori Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region.
It is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu and across the Tsugaru Strait. The Shimokita and Tsugaru Peninsulas enclose Mutsu Bay.
It is cooler than most of Japan and much snow.
You can see a lot of nature like Lake Towada, Oirase Stream and so on. In spring, you can enjoy sakura(cherry blossoms) in Hirosaki castle.
In summer, nebuta matsuri(one of famous festivals)has parades of illuminated floats.
Aomori Prefecture remains dominated by traditional industries such as farming, forestry, and fishing. It’s Japan’s largest producer of apples. Another specialties are garlics, squid, scallops and tuna fish.
Shirakami mountain area was listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Siebold’s beech trees make up a large portion of the forest.
Oirase stream is a part of the Towada-Hachiman national park. There are some streams and waterfalls.
Hirosaki Castle stands in the middle of Hirosaki city. It is a very important castle because it has one of the only 12 original main keeps which exist in Japan. It is one of the best places to view the cherry blossoms in Japan.
Hirosaki is known as Sakura city, and you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms around Hirosaki Castle between late April - early May. You will also find a samurai district and the Neputa festival theme park in Hirosaki.
Oirase and Lake Towada
Along with Lake Towada-ko, Oirase river has been designated as a special scenic spot and a natural monument of Aomori.
The city of Aomori is located at the base of the Tsugaru-hanto Peninsula, and is the political, economic, and cultural center of the Aomori prefecture.
Out of the 33 lakes, Aoike is the most famous one because of its beautiful color. 'Ao' means blue and 'ike' means pond, so it means Blue Pond, which is an apt name as it looks like blue ink was dropped into the water.