Located at the northern tip of Honshu, Aomori Prefecture has many popular tourist spots such as Hirosaki Castle with its renowned cherry blossoms, and Oirase Stream with its natural beauty in spring and brilliant tree colors in fall. Aomori is also famous for events such as the Nebuta Festival, a special summer attraction, and its snow-filled winter festival, as well as specialty products, particularly its apples. Nature, fine food, hot springs, festivals and more-Aomori is filled with attractions. Why not hop aboard a JR East Shinkansen and take a trip northward?

Recommended Sights

Wa Rasse, Nebuta House, Where You Can See Nebuta Year-Round
Wa Rasse, Nebuta HouseWa Rasse, Nebuta House

Wa Rasse, Nebuta House, which just opened in January of 2011, introduces the history and charm of the Nebuta Festival, celebrated in Aomori since ages past, and lets you experience everything about nebuta all year long.
(One minute on foot from Aomori Station)

Hirosaki Castle, also Famous for Its Cherry Blossoms
Hirosaki CastleHirosaki Castle

Since 1903, about 2,600 cherry blossom trees have been planted within this park. Many tourists come each year to the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival. This park is designated as one of the 100 best locations in Japan for cherry blossom-viewing.

Note: The cherry blossoms bloom between late April and early May.

(Take the bus from Hirosaki Station on the JR Ou Main Line to City Hall or the Cultural Center, a 15-minute ride)

The Lake Towada Cruise Allows You to Enjoy the Surface of Lake Towada
Lake Towada CruiseLake Towada Cruise

The cruise proceeds elegantly over the surface of Lake Towada throughout the changing seasons. There are beautiful vistas that can only be seen while taking the cruise, and you can fully enjoy the luxurious and richly detailed beauty of Lake Towada.
(Take the JR bus from Hachinohe Station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to Lake Towada, a 2-hour, 15-minute ride)

Oirase Stream, a Treasury of Natural Green Beauty in Spring and Brilliant Colors in Fall
Oirase StreamOirase Stream

Oirase Stream is a mountain stream from the Oirase River that flows for roughly 14 kilometers from Nenokuchi along Lake Towada in Aomori Prefecture's Towada to Yakeyama. It has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty and as a natural monument. You can enjoy walking through a treasury of natural beauty with quiet forests, multiple famed waterfalls and famous locations.
(Ride the JR bus bound for Lake Towada from Hachinohe Station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen, and get off at Yakeyama)

Aomori at a Glance
Aomori - Location Aomori - Access
  • Days needed: 1-3
  • Travel time on the Tohoku Shinkansen "Hayate" from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori is as little as 3 hours, 25 minutes.
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As of March 2014.

Sample Itineraries: We have created some great itineraries for enjoying Aomori.