Aomori (prefecture)

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Aomori (prefecture)

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


  • 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


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

Other destinations


Get in

By plane

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

By train

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

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

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

Get around




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


Get out

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