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Aomori (prefecture)

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Aomori (prefecture)
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Flag of Aomori Prefecture.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Aomori
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 9,606.26 km2
Population 1,373,164
Language Japanese(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)

Aomori (青森 [1]) is the northernmost prefecture on the island of Honshu, Japan.


Aomori is divided into three main regions, each with their own dialect.


  • Aomori - the capital
  • Hachinohe - scenic coastal areas
  • Hirosaki - the "Kyoto of the North", former capital of the Tsugaru clan
  • Itayanagi - home of the International Chapel, and a church service in English
  • Misawa - a beautiful city by the sea
  • Mutsu - the administrative hub of the Shimokita Peninsula
  • Tsuruta
  • Goshogawara

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By plane[edit]

Aomori and Misawa both have domestic airports with flights to and from Tokyo.

By train[edit]

Aomori is the northernmost terminus of the Shinkansen (bullet train). Local and express trains also run throughout the prefecture.

The second longest train tunnel in the world, the Seikan tunnel, runs between Aomori and the northern island of Hokkaido, connecting to Hakodate and onward to Sapporo.

By bus[edit]

JR and various local carriers offer numerous buses to, from, and throughout the prefecture.

123bus [2] is another company which provides daily night time bus services between Tokyo and Aomori. 123bus has online booking service in English.

By ferry[edit]

Ferries in Aomori, Hachinohe and Oma (at the tip of the Shimokita Peninsula) offer services to and from various destinations, including Hokkaido.

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There are several famous festivals in Aomori: Nebuta Festival, Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival and the Hachinobe Sansha Taisai Festival.

You can also check out 8 different ski resorts in the prefecture: Hakkoda Ski Resort, Aomori Spring Ski Resort, Moya Hills, Makado Onsen Ski Area, Towada Onsen Ski Area, Mutsu Kamfuse Mountain Ski Area, Iwaki Mountain Kyakuzawa Ski Area and Owani Onsen Ski Area.

Aomori is also home to many Jomon Archaeological Sites.

Aomori also has the largest morning market in Japan which you can view here.

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Besides the obvious seafood (especially scallops), Aomori is famous for its apples.

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