Hirosaki Castle, Aomori

About Aomori

Aomori is the capital of the region of the same name in Tohoku. Due to its location in northern Tohoku, it is enclosed by the sea on three coastlines.

Its name translates as “Green Forest”, although there is little forest in the area now.

Aomori is best known for its festivals of which the Nebuta festival, one of the top 100 soundscapes of Japan, is the most famous. Held between 2nd and 7th August, the Nebuta Festival is an ideal way to experience the matsuri (festivals) of Japan.

  • Sannai Maruyama Ruins, an insight into ancient life
  • Oirase River or Hakkoda, a wonderful hike to immerse yourself in nature
  • Hirosaki Castle, a reminder of the Edo period
  • Osore-zan, the Mountain of Dread, in Mutsu
  • Aomori Fresh Market, best in the morning for the freshest produce
  • Sukayu Onsen

Practical information:

  • The Tohoku Shinkansen Line will take you from Tokyo straight to Aomori, taking around 3.5 hours
  • Expect heavy snowfall in the winter and regular fog in the summer in the mountainous areas