Aomori Prefecture | Travel Guide
While Aomori prefecture in the northeastern part of Japan’s main island might not be a typical destination for international tourists, it has plenty to offer in terms of nature and culture as you can see in our travel guide. It is a good destination in the summer because of the lower temperatures, and in the winter there is a lot of snow. Tourists mainly come to Aomori for the natural wonders such as the snow walls, Lake Towada, and the Oirase Gorge.
If you come to Japan in the summer, you may want to head to Aomori for the awesome Nebuta Matsuri festival that features a long parade of illuminated floats. The colorful parade is a feast for the eyes and the atmosphere is always good.
Check out our package tour in the Tohoku region if you are interested in discovering Aomori!
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.