Relatively unexplored, Aomori's verdant landscapes, famous festivals and World Heritage sites can all still be called “hidden gems.” Hiking through unspoiled wilderness, riding in trains heated by stoves and sampling delectable seafood and sake are just a few of its attractions.
Aomori is accessible via the JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo, as well as regular JR trains, highway buses, and by car. There are three shinkansen stops in the prefecture—Hachinohe, Shichinohe-Towada, and Shin-Aomori. You can also fly to two airports—Misawa and Aomori.
Tokyo is the most common starting point for visitors to Aomori, unless you are traveling by plane. The JR Tohoku Shinkansen will get you to the main city of Aomori in just over three hours, and you can use your Japan Rail Pass. By plane, it takes a little over an hour from Haneda Airport to either of the two Aomori airports and around 90 minutes if you are departing from Osaka. Highway buses run regularly between Tokyo and Aomori, but they will take around 8-10 hours, and are usually overnight. Aomori Airport serves international flights from several countries in East Asia, while its domestic routes connect Aomori to Sapporo, Osaka and Nagoya, in addition to Tokyo.
Aomori Black Garlic
This garlic from Aomori is pickled in seawater, which darkens it and gives it a milder flavor. Aomori black garlic is...
Tsugaru Painted Kites
These enormous colorful kites are made from thin strips of cypress and handmade paper designed to vibrate in the wind...
Aomori Prefecture grows most of Japans apples, producing firm and juicy fruit with a nice balance of sweet and tart. ...
Tsugaru nuri epitomizes the virtue of patience. Over two months, some 40 layers of lacquer are applied to Aomori cypr...
Aomori is covered with blooms in springtime—cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle, as well as apple blossoms, canola and azaleas—on a scale that is unparalleled in volume and beauty. There is still enough snow remaining in the higher altitudes for some relaxed spring skiing.
The deep green of virgin beech forests and the passionate festivities of summer festivals provide both serenity and raucous joy to rejuvenate the human spirit. Summer here is also time for getting outside and trekking, cycling and playing golf.
The rich, verdant and remote forests of Aomori turn from green to a colorful array of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. As the weather cools, this is also the season to slip into a hot spring.
For all of its rich green splendor, Aomori is snow country. Trees are transformed into snow monsters, and world-class skiing and snowboarding await you, along with winter festivals, foods and unusual cultural activities.