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12 Best Things To Do in Aomori, Japan in 2023

The pretty nature surrounding the Oirase Stream

Beaming with natural beauty, tasty food, welcoming locals, and historical sites, Aomori has a little something for everyone — there are numerous things to do in Aomori to keep you busy.

Located at the northern tip of the main Honshu Island in Japan, the Aomori prefecture surprised and delighted us at every turn, and left us wanting more.

With easy transport options from the capital city of Tokyo and relatively untouched nature, it’s easy to see why Lonely Planet listed the Tohoku region as one of their “Best In Travel” destinations.

The Tohoku region is comprised of 6 prefectures (which are similar to states or provinces): Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Yamagata. But, the capital city of the Aomori prefecture is also called Aomori. It’s a little bit confusing!

In this post, I’ll list the top things to do in Aomori, plus details on getting around the prefecture, what to expect, where to stay and more.

An Introduction to Aomori

During our recent trip to Japan, we visited the Tohoku region and enjoyed the prefectures of Aomori and Akita. It was just a teaser of what this beautiful part of the country has to offer.

The pretty nature surrounding the Oirase Stream

Tohoku is known for its incredible natural beauty and welcoming locals, but on top of those things, Aomori, in particular, is also famous for its tasty food.

It’s the largest producer of apples in the nation (you’ve probably heard of Fuji apples?), has an abundance of seafood on offer (scallops and affordable sushi), and due to the chilly winters, some hearty, comfort foods are served here as well (try the beef bara-yaki, and the vegetable soup kenoshiru).

With volcanoes, mountains, lakes, hot springs, historical sites, parks, and food…Aomori really is a hidden gem in Japan.

Our First Impressions of Aomori

From Tokyo Station, we hopped on the Shinkansen bullet train bound for Shin-Aomori station. The trains in Japan are reliable, efficient, clean…and silent.

Talking loudly on a train is a big no-no in Japan, so we sat quietly shifting our gaze between our laptops and the stunning views outside.

sushi in aomori japan
Our first meal in Aomori was sushi – affordable and delicious!

With a 3-hour and 10-minute journey ahead of us, we knew we could get a little work done, but it was hard with the stunning Japanese countryside zipping past our peripheral outside.

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