AomoriAomori prefecture is surrounded by the sea and boasts amazing natural beauty and opportunity for outdoor adventures. It is the home of Lake Towada, the Hakkoda Mountains and Shirakami Sanchi which is a natural World Heritage site. Famous for fishing and agriculture, the cuisine of the area is based on delicious local ingredients. The people of Aomori also really love to party; colorful and unique local festivals are held every season, the most famous being the Nebuta festival in late August. With the completion of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line access to Aomori prefecture is easier than ever before. Explore the area's relaxing hot springs, gourmet food, and rich history.
Sukayu Onsen Hot Spring
This popular onsen ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn with hot spring baths, is located at the foot of the Hakkoda Mountains. People visit its hiba senjin, or “cypress bath for 1,000 people”, a large mixed-sex bath, for its restorative qualities. Their tama no
Hirosaki Park, composed of a botanical garden and a general area, is located on the premises of Hirosaki Castle. The area is famous for its Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring and Chrysanthemum Festival in the fall.
Oirase Keiryu Hotel
Oirase Keiryu Hotel, owned by luxury property developer Hoshino Resort, is a hotel located near the Oirase Stream.
This coastline is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty in Hachinohea. The 5-kilometer-long promenade overlooks the Pacific Ocean, making it a recommended spot for beach goers, hikers and picnickers. The Tanesashi Coast is well known for its natural
Hirosaki Castle is located within Hirosaki Park, a popular place among locals for cherry blossom viewing. The castle was built in 1611, burnt down only 16 years later and was then rebuilt in 1810.
Tsuta Onsen Hot Springs
Established around 1147, this hot spring sits in a virgin beech forest called the Lake Towada Ocean of Trees. A group of swamps that surrounds the area is collectively called the Seven Swamps of Tsuta. The spring’s waters flow below a wooden bath tub made of b
Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art
Dedicated to woodblock printmaker and painter Shiko Munakata, the Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art rotates its exhibitions four times a year.
Hotel Apple Land
Hotel Apple Land offers accommodation in Hirakawa. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. Some rooms include a seating area where you can relax.
Hotel Sunroute Goshogawara
Featuring free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Hotel Sunroute Goshogawara offers accommodation in Goshogawara. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a flat-scr
Mutsu Park Hotel
A 1-minute walk from JR Mutsu Bus Terminal and an 8-minute bus ride from JR Shimokita Train Station, Park Hotel serves a Japanese breakfast and features a business centre and free in-room wired internet access.
Hirosaki Kokusai Hotel
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hirosaki Kokusai Hotel is set in Hirosaki, 1.1 km from Hirosaki Castle. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room.
Situated just a 3-minute walk to picturesque Lake Towada, Towadako Backpackers offers friendly accommodation with free property-wide Wi-Fi. A fully-equipped kitchen and a karaoke room are available. Parking is available for free.
Dormy Inn Hirosaki
Located near popular Hirosaki Castle Park, Dormy Inn Hirosaki offers affordable accommodation with free internet access, a public indoor/outdoor hot spring bath and a free transfer service to/from JR Hirosaki Station.
Hotel Hyper Hills Hirosaki
Featuring free WiFi, Hotel Hyper Hills Hirosaki offers accommodation in Hirosaki. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms are fitted with a priv
A Quick Guide to the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture
After moving to the Aomori Prefecture a couple months ago, I started taking advantage of the free time I had to see the sights of the more rural and mountainous parts of Japan. Having a car makes it easy to drive on the back roads through farmlands and tiny to