Aomori prefecture offers activities for all kinds of travelers. Nature lovers and the culturally interested will find as much to do as active types. All across this mountainous prefecture you will find ski resorts with beautiful powder snow. They also offer hiking opportunities during the summer months.
The remote Shimokita Hanto Peninsula in the north is home to “Osorezan”, Mount Fear, one of Japan’s three most sacred places. It was named for the fascinating landscape surrounding it, which is rocky and a bit eerie. Down south, Lake Towada is the largest crater lake on the island and is worth a visit for its breathtaking views. The Jogakura area just south of Aomori city, the prefecture’s capital, is known for its hot springs and is a popular spot for a couple of days of relaxation.
Glimpse into times past in Hirosaki city in western Aomori. During samurai-era Japan, this former regional capital was a bustling castle town and a cultural as well as political center. The castle and several samurai residences remain and are open for visitors. Lots of buildings from the late western-influenced 19th century give the town a nostalgic look.
A highlight of Aomori city is the Aomori Museum of Art. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece, the art collection inside is exquisite. Besides famous international artists like Picasso and Matisse, works by numerous Japanese artists are exhibited here. Another museum not to be missed in Aomori is the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. The Nebuta Festival, where large illuminated parade floats roam the city, takes place in Aomori every year in August. But you can view the colorful and artistic floats all year round at this museum.
Photo: Jogakura Bridge By かがみ～ https://flic.kr/p/AEpFHQ