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Nature Spots in Aomori Area

  • Oirase Stream
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    "Oirase Stream can be reached by a JR Bus service from JR Shin-Aomori Station; the journey takes around two hours. It is one of the most scenic places in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park; the river flows out from Lake Towada through the gorge for a distance of around 14 kilometers, from Nenokuchi to Yakeyama, with a road and a footpath all the way along, making it easy for visitors to experience the gorge's wonderful natural scenery. There are many ""must-see's"" in the area, including the Ashura Rapids, which are one of the Oirase Stream's best-known sights, and Choshi-otaki Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in the gorge. Visitors can see the new spring greenery in May-June, and view the autumn foliage in mid to late October; the winter scenery, when the ground is covered with snow, is also very beautiful."
  • Omazaki Cape
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    Aomori Pref. Shimokitagunomamachi Oma Omataira
    Located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, Omazaki Cape looks out over the Tsugaru Straits. There is a stone engraved with the words “This is the northernmost point of Honshu” and when the weather is clear one can look out and see Hokkaido’s Hakodate across the straits. Since Oma is famous for tuna, the giant statue of a tuna that represents fishing is a popular spot for commemorative photos.
  • Tappizaki Cape
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    Aomori Pref. Higashitsugarugunsotogahamamachi Minmayatatsuhama
    Tappizaki Cape is located in the extreme north of the Tsugaru Peninsula—it is a cape which juts out into the Tsugaru Strait. “Tappizaki Lighthouse” located on this cape was also selected as one of the 50 Best Lighthouses in Japan. An esplanade is maintained in the environs of the cape, and when the climate is good, you can command a view of Tsugaru Strait and also of Matsumae Peninsula in Hokkaido. There are monuments such as the “literary monument of Osamu Dazai” which has a sentence from “Tsugaru” by Osamu Dazai carved on it, and there is also the song monument of “Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki” (Waterscape of the Tsugaru Straits) sang by Sayuri Ishikawa.
  • Hakkoda
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori, Aomori Prefecture Hakkoda
    This is the general name for a group of volcanoes located south of Aomori City, composed of six mountains including Kita Hakkoda and Kushigamine with Odake having the highest peak, divided by Minami Hakkoda. This is one of the top 100 mountains in Japan. There are beautiful beech forests and valleys, with several walking courses where one can see many types of grassland and alpine plants. The ropeway installed at Tamoyatsudake is used by many hikers and skiers. This is one of the world’s areas of heaviest snowfall, known for the 1902 “Hakkoda Mountains incident” in which 199 of the 210 members of the Aomori army 5th regiment were stranded and died in a blizzard.
  • Shirakami-Sanchi
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Prefecture, Akita Prefecture
    Shirakami-Sanchi is the general name for an extensive mountain range that extends from the southwestern part of Aomori Prefecture to the northwestern part of Akita Prefecture, and the area was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1993. Natural beech forests are distributed throughout this area which protects a precious ecosystem inhabited by a variety of wild plants and animals and is said to be the largest in East Asia.
  • Anmon-no-taki Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nakatsugarugunnishimeyamura Kawaratai Okawazoe
    Shirakami-Sanchi became Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993 because it's home to a variety of rare plants and animals. Anmon-no-taki Waterfalls in the Shirakami Mountains consists of three cascades. The first waterfall at the top is 42 meters high, the second is 37 meters high, and the third is 26 meters high. A walking path and boardwalk connect the Anmon Rest Area to the first waterfall via the Anmon Valley Route, but since there's the danger of falling rocks in some spots, hikers need to report that they are using the trail. Advanced booking is recommended for hiring a guide to go with you.
  • Lake Towada
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    A lake which straddles Towada City, Aomori Prefecture and Kosaka Town, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. 46 kilometers in diameter, this caldera lake was formed through volcanic activity. With a maximum depth of 327 meters, it is the third deepest lake in Japan. On its east side, the lake drains into the Oirase River and the area has been designated a Natural Monument as well as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty under the title “Lake Towada and Oirase Stream.” Here visitors can enjoy seasonal natural scenery, including fresh verdure in summer and fall foliage in autumn. Kokanee salmon are also raised in the lake and during fishing season many people come here to fish.
  • Hotokegaura
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    Sai village in Shimokita-gun, Aomori Prefecture
    Hotokegaura is a series of impressive giant and oddly shaped rock formations extending about two kilometers along the coast. The crashing waves continually erode the rock face, and the resulting effects are mysterious and an amazing sight, especially given the contrast between the broad, blue sea and the gray rocks. It is believed that these rocks were created by undersea volcanic activity about 20 million years ago. While the rocks are visible from land, it is also possible to take an excursion boat to see them from the sea.
  • Tanesashi Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Hachinoheshi Samemachi Tanakubo
    This coastline is part of Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park, and is one of Japan’s most famous sights. The beautiful coastline and unusual rock and reef formations create a spectacle well worth seeing. There are many well-maintained trails, including the Kaigan Tansho Hodo, one of Japan’s 100 foremost trails. These offer a full taste of the natural beauty of the area through all four seasons. There is also a popular campground open April to October every year.
  • Senjojiki Coast
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    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunfukauramachi Kitakanegasawa Sakakibara
    Senjojiki is a coast just outside of Senjojiki Station on the JR Gono line. The bulging rocks appeared in the 1792 earthquake, The name of “senjojiki” is originated from a banquet held by a lord of the Tsugaru Domain who carpeted thousand tatami mats on the rocks. The area is filled with unusual rock formations with evocative names such as Buddha Rock or Helmet Rock. The scenery has led to the area being named one of Japan’s top 55 beaches and top 100 sunsets, and the beaches and campground get crowded with tourists in season.
  • Kabushima
    Travel / Tourism
    Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture
    This island of about 1.8 hectares is famous as a black-tailed gull breeding ground. This is the only place to see black-tailed gulls building nests in Japan, and it allows up-close sights of chicks as well. The island was designated a National Natural Monument in 1922. From 1942 to 43, the former Imperial Navy worked to connect the island to the mainland. During the nesting season in mid-March every year, several tens of thousands of gulls come from the south, covering the island completely.
  • Shirakami Promenade
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Nishitsugarugunajigasawamachi Fukayamachi Yakurayama 1-26
    This is a hiking trail close to the Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage site, and offers of vegetation and beech forests similar to the heritage. There are two well-maintained hiking courses, the 2.2 kilometer outside course and 1.1 kilometer inside course. There are stations where you can try listening to the beech trees with stethoscopes, and other sights and activities along the trails. The trails are closed from late October to early April due to snow.
  • Shiraito Falls (Aomori)
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Oirase
    This is a beautiful place on the Oirase Valley where the water falls like white thread. The bitter cold in winter freezes it, and the resulting icefall is famous. This is truly a place to enjoy the mystery of nature.
  • Ishigedo
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    The name Ishigedo means “stone hut” in the local dialect. The stone building, made of massive rocks supported by two Japanese Judas trees, is spoken of in legends as the home of a woman bandit known as Kijin no Omatsu.
  • Suiren-numa Swamp
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Houryou
    This swamp got its name because of the Suiren water lilies flourishing here. It’s calm atmosphere and view of the Hakkoda Mountain Range make it an attractive stop, and in the fall leaf season the surface of the water is painted red and yellow with reflections of the nearby trees.
  • Mt. Iwaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
    This is a 1,625 meter high double volcano known as Aomori Prefecture’s highest. There is a toll road leading near to Mt. Iwaki’s eighth station, the Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline, as well as a lift to the Mt. Chokai crater, so it’s perfect for an easy climb and relaxing walk. The peak offers a view of the Hakkoda Mountain Range, Shichiri-Nagahama beach and, if the weather is good, all the way to Matsumaezaki in Hokkaido.
  • Tashirotai Plain
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Komagome Fukazawa
    This large wetland plain on the north side of Towada-Hachimantai National Park is a designated Aomori City Natural Monument. There are trails and rest stations on the plain for easy walking. There are many wetland plants here, and from June through August the plain is covered in blossoms. In autumn, the fall foliage paints the plain with a beautifully colored brush.
  • Choshi Otaki Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse
    This is a seven meter tall, 20 meter wide waterfall and one of the largest on the main branch of the Oirase River. Since the fierce current stops fish from Lake Towada trying to swim upstream, it’s also called the Fish-stop falls (Uodome no Taki). There are well-maintained trails in the area, and you can get right up close to the fall.
  • Makadoiwa Rock
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    This is a rock cliff beside National Route 102, named one of Japan’s Best Roads, and Oirase, and it was apparently created by volcanic activity in the northern Hakkoda Range. This is a little known spot to take in the scenery of the Oirase Valley, and enjoy its beauty through all four seasons. There’s a bus stop nearby, so it’s easy to reach.
  • Mirokuno Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Sannoheguntakkomachi Natsuzaka Natsusaka
    This is a 30 meter waterfall surrounded by thick beech woods. The thin white strands of water running down the bare rocks look like thin somen noodles, earning it the nickname of Somen Falls. We especially recommend summer, for the rich green of the forest leaves, and fall for the beautifully colored foliage.

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Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori's fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.

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