What to do and see in Aomori Prefecture, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

December 7, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Aomori Prefecture in Japan, from Asia region, is best know for Bodies of Water. Discover best things to do in Aomori Prefecture with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Oirase Mountain StreamJapan National Tourism OrganizationNature in Aomori

Okuse, Towada 034-0301, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 771 reviews

Oirase Mountain StreamJapan National Tourism OrganizationNature in Aomori

Reviewed By Anthony S - Brisbane, Australia

I loved this walk, even in heavy rain with mud and water underfoot. It had been raining for a couple of days so the track was very wet and muddy and the stream was flowing strongly. There is not a lot of colour in the trees as yet, but higher up they have all changed so in another ten days or so the stream environs will be at their best.
The track is well marked, right beside the road but don't let that detract from it. There are many entry and exit points adjacent to the road and therefore the bus stops, but the buses are an hour or so apart.
Due to the rain I only walked the upper last two stops but it was a great walk. Great views of wate and tres along the way. Easy walking. There are plenty of written guides to the walk so select a section that is within your time availability. Walking time is quicker than the printed guides say.
Restrooms are well spaced every hour and a half apart.

2. Tachineputa No Yakata

506-10 Omachi, Goshogawara 037-0063, Aomori Prefecture +81 173-38-3232
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Tachineputa No Yakata

Reviewed By KeeWong - Penang

Never had we seen such kind of Giant Lantern Display, it was really a different kind of astonished feeling. The design of the whole "museum" is wonderful as we could walk all the way from 4th floor down to ground floor without taking any stairs. Remember to check for the short movie clip show schedule. You can watch it halfway along the way down.

3. Gonosen

Fukaura-machi, Nishitsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
60%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Gonosen

Reviewed By bakatori - Singapore

Being born and bred in an equatorial zone has ingrained into me a fascination for snow.
I am not saying I have never seen snow or experienced winter.I have been to Koyasan in Feb 2012. However this Feb 2013 trip was different. It was a dream venture into 雪国, The Snow Country.
Before I embarked on this journey, I did my research thoroughly, Tohoku is well-known for her harsh and relentless winter.
And I stumbled upon Resort Shirakami scenic line in the Internet.
This 5 hour plus scenic line starts from Akita and ends in Aomori. She runs through the plains and along the Sea of Japan.
Hyperdia timetable provides information on the exact schedule.
Please note this resort line only run limited trips in peak season and weekends.
All seats are reserved. JR pass holder can travel on this line for free.
Sea of Japan, she is the embodiment of beauty, grandeur and fickleness.
For the first time, I was glad to be in the warm cocoon of the train, protected from the wrath of nature.
The relentless churning, raging and crashing of waves against the harsh, unyielding and stoic dark cliffs. In the midst of the clash of titans, the snow swirled and danced, providing a silent orchestra background to the battle stage.
Here I was able to truly and really experience first hand the ever changing mood of Mother Nature. One minute it was raging storm, churning and swirling with visibility almost zero and the next second, Sunshine and clear blue skies. This pattern continued throughout the 5-hour trip, bright Sunshine alternating with dark raging storm.
This Feb winter trip into The Snow Country has given me a rare insight of how harsh, unforgiving starkness can be beautiful too, beauty and beast all at once.
The Resort Shirakami ride was long and time consuming.
However the experience was incomparable, the visual rewards and emotions that it induced, forever ingrained into my memory.

4. Hirosaki Park

1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki 036-8356, Aomori Prefecture +81 172-33-8739
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 422 reviews

Hirosaki Park

Reviewed By Ettelbruck - Vantaa, Finland

When sakura is over in southern parts, Hirosaki is the place to visit. Wonderful, beautiful park. Peaceful spots and active business areas. Castle is now under some repair, but still worth visiting here.
Majestic Mount Iwaki gives nice contrast to blossom.
There was some parking problem, good solution was to leave car some 1.5km earlier and walk to park.

5. Nebuta Museum Wa RasseJapan National Tourism OrganizationMuseums in Aomori

1-1-1 Yasukata, Aomori 030-0803, Aomori Prefecture +81 17-752-1311
Excellent
37%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 576 reviews

Nebuta Museum Wa RasseJapan National Tourism OrganizationMuseums in Aomori

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

There were many beautiful collection of floats and lanterns inside Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse. The payment of entrance fee inside the inner part of museum was necessary but considered worth the visit. The exhibits were used during festivals and won prices in these occasions. The museum building was red in color by the waterfront and should be easily identified for visit. Recommended.

6. Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

158 Kitayama, Misawa, Misawa 033-0022, Aomori Prefecture +81 176-50-7777
Excellent
43%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

Reviewed By Lucyyu8888 - Seattle

Must visit and free shuttle bus pick up etc. Very close to the town easy to get there . Great display of old and new air craft . Glad we have chance to visit in Misawa Aviation and Science Museum.

7. Tanesashi Beach

Samemachi, Hachinohe 031-0841, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
40%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Tanesashi Beach

Reviewed By Andrew1234 - Aomori, Japan

The main traffic arteries of Hachinohe feel crowded with pachinko parlors, retail outlets, and everyday restaurants. But the Tanesashi Coast is a surprising and sublime Pacific vista located just minutes' away from all of that detritus. Its unspoiled Beaches and rugged landscapes are a beautiful sight and are well worth seeking out. For those with time to explore Hachinohe, the Tanesashi Coast deserves your attention.

8. Hotokegaura

Chogo Nuidoishi, Sai-mura, Shimokita-gun 039-4712, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 106 reviews

Hotokegaura

Reviewed By tondastours - Hong Kong, China

We travelled across the peninsula to reach these beautiful rocks in the afternoon and we were not let down. First saw them from a distance, then drove to the car park above and went down, the whole time spent around the rocks and walk was an hour. One of the top three things to do in the peninsula.

9. Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple

3-2 Tanabe Usorisan, Mutsu 035-0021, Aomori Prefecture +81 175-22-3825
Excellent
56%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple

Reviewed By Andrew1234 - Aomori, Japan

Osorezan Bodaiji, i.e. Bodai Temple on Mt. Osore, was established over 1200 years ago by En'nin, a Japanese Buddhist priest. It honors the bodhisattva Jizo, whose virtue is linked to that of mother earth. Osorezan Bodaiji is a sacred place, and is said to be particularly precious for the grieving parents of deceased children.
The temple is located in an unpopulated sulphurous valley surrounded by eight wooded mountain peaks. It was a striking setting during our visit in the mid-summer, and must be downright spectacular at the height of the changing colors of mid-October.
The fields of decorated jizo statues located adjacent to the temple were beautiful. It was deeply poignant to view the offerings of food, stone piles, and children's pinwheels left by grieving visitors. The temple and its surrounding grounds imbued me with the sense of having visited a truly sacred space.

10. Tappizaki Cape

Minmayatatsuhama, Sotogahama-machi, Higashi Tsugaru-gun 030-1400, Aomori Prefecture
Excellent
39%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Tappizaki Cape

Reviewed By DanL917 - Tokyo, Japan

Been here twice, need to go back by rental car to explore the shoreline of the cape. You can see Hokkaido in the distance. There is little info or pictures about this place on the web, but significant tourist infrastructure exists. One of the top Lighthouses in Japan is located here, and there are several gift shop vendors, a museum about the underwater tunnel to Hokkaido, and a restaurant. This is the only place in Japan I've seen uni ramen, although that was in 2001 and not sure it's still being served.
This area is one of the most windy places in Japan. Went in January and only a few vendors at the road stop were open. The winds were incredible, like the coast of England in winter. The lighthouse was closed and water table was high. The wind would blow you off the bluff except it blew inland. Had to use mittens on my face to keep it warm.
Went again in May and what a difference! The lighthouse and all the vendors were open. The tide was low and ocean calm. To get here from Aomori you have to take the local train towards the cape and transfer once, then take a bus from the last train station. But the buses do run in winter.

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