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Sightseeing in Aomori Prefecture
Aomori prefecture is home to a rich treasure trove of tourism resources, starting with the rich natural wonders of the Shirakami Sanchi, a natural world heritage site, Lake Towada and the Hakkoda Mountains, and the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries that are born from these rich natural environments, along with historical and cultural assets like the Sannai Maruyama Historical Site and captivating festivals held in each season among many other attractions.
Additionally, with the completion of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line on December 4, 2010, access to Aomori prefecture has improved drastically, the prefecture is working closely together with tourism related parties to utilize this to its maximum potential, in hopes of furthering year-round tourism.
Completion of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line on Dec. 4, 2010
After many long years of waiting by the prefectural citizens, the Hachinohe to Shin-Aomori section of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line was completed and began service.
At the time of completion, the fastest Shinkansen service linked Tokyo and Shin-Aomori in approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Additionally, by the end of fiscal 2012, the fastest Shinkansen will offer service at a maximum speed of 320 kmph, linking Tokyo and Shin-Aomori in approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes, reducing the travel time needed to roughly 1 hour shorter than what was previously required.
Aomori's Tourism Appeal
Aomori prefecture is home to a vast number of attractions and a highly unique culture, such as the beautiful natural environment and history of the region, healing hot springs, gourmet foods, and many festivals. The prefecture is making efforts to increase the visitor population to the prefecture from both within in Japan and from overseas by using this wide array of local wonders to strengthen the tourism appeal of the prefecture.
Sightseeing Attractions in Aomori Prefecture
- Aomori Nebuta Festival
Aomori Nebuta Festival
One of Japan's most famous festivals.
Large Nebuta floats surrounded by crowds of costumed jumping festivalgoers is a truly dynamic experience. (August 2-7)
- Hakkoda Mountains
The highest point of the Hakkoda Mountains is approximately 1,585 meters.
Speckled with hot springs, marshes, and swamps.
- Aomori Museum of Art
Opened in 2006, the museum's architecture is in itself an attraction.
- Sannai Maruyama Historical Site
Largest site of historical remains dating from Japan's pre-historic Jomon period.
Experience the high level of technological advancement of the ancient Jomon culture.
- Seikan Tunnel Memorial Hall
Take a cable car journey to 140 meters below the ocean surface.
Visitors can tour a part of the service tunnel.
- Cape Tappi
The northern most point of the Tsugaru peninsula.
Strong winds blow year round at this popular visitor destination.
- Hirosaki Castle and Park
This park is centered around Hirosaki Castle.
Home to 2,600 cherry blossom trees that bloom in the utmost beauty each spring.
- Hirosaki Neputa Festival
Fan-shaped festival floats parade the streets of the city in this elegant and poignant spectacle. (August 1 - 7)
- Mount Iwaki
Elevation 1,625 m.
Orchards full with apples highlighted by Mount Iwaki in the background is a sight that captures the heart of Tsugaru.
- Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival
A festival of extravagant floats in a parade.
Amusing festival floats complete with various clever and surprising gimmicks incorporated into their design. (July 31-August 4)
- Kabu Island (also Kabushima)
Home to approximately 30,000 black-tailed gulls.
Flocks of black-tailed gulls flying wildly is a sight to behold.
- Tanesashi Coast
The coast’s nature, whose natural turf stretches out as far as the edge of the water, is a rare environment all over Japan. White sand and green pines, reefs of various sizes, and small islands alternately add to the beauty of the landscape. The beautiful seaside plants bloom from spring to autumn. The coast was designated as a restoration national park in May, 2013.
- Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival
Be amazed by the 7 story towering height of Tachineputa festival floats. (August 4 - 8)
- Tsugaru Railway
This famous local railway runs trains that feature unique attractions throughout the year, including trains with wind chimes, crickets, and old-fashioned coal heated stoves.
- Lake Juni
Lake Juni is actually a group of 33 lakes, ponds, and marshes.
One of these, Aoike Pond, is colored cobalt blue and possess a mysterious beauty.
- Shirakami Sanchi
World's largest virgin beech forest.
The habitat of various flora and fauna, Shirakami Sanchi was designated as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1993.
- Anmon Falls
Waterfall at the foot of Mount Shirakami.
Flows with the cool crystal-clear water stored in the beech forests of the Shirakami Sanchi.
- Lake Towada
A double caldera lake filled with deep blue waters.
The renowned Japanese sculptor Kotaro Takamura's work, "Maiden Statue" is a symbol of the lake itself.
- Oirase Gorge
This mountain stream is the only river to flow from Lake Towada.
Home to ever-changing beauty.
- Cape Oma
The northern most point of the Japanese main island of Honshu.
The Tuna of Oma is a nationally recognized brand in Japan.
- Cape Shiriya (also Cape Shiriyazaki)
The northeastern most point of the main Japanese island of Honshu.
The Kandachime (horses of the area famous for standing in the cold winter weather) graze here.
The collection of mysterious rock formations that spreads out along this scenic coast is said to resemble the Buddhist idea of heaven.
- Mount Osore (also Osore-zan)
One of Japan's most hallowed grounds.
Famous for shaman-like mediums who communicate with the dead.