Spring Summer Autumn
Located at the northernmost tip of Japan’s mainland, Aomori Prefecture paints a vivid picture of nature’s seasonal beauty. It is a treasure trove of nature for active travellers wanting to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Japan’s big cities. Aomori houses a seemingly endless space overrun by nature, from the UNESCO World Heritage Shirakami-Sanchi – a forested area covering one-third of the Shirakami mountain range with the largest remaining virgin beech forest in East Asia, to one of the countries largest crater lakes – Lake Towada and the Oirase Stream which flows from it. Aomori is a wonderland of nature ready to be explored.
In the springtime, Aomori is covered with a variety of blooms, from the hundreds of cherry blossom trees at the prefecture’s iconic Hirosaki Castle, apple blossoms and vivid azaleas. At the same time, due to the cold climate, Aomori offers the traveller an option to do some spring ski in the remaining snowy areas at higher altitudes in the mountains. When spring turns in to summer Aomori’s Shirakami Sanchi reaches its peak for hikers wanting to explore the deep green of virgin beech forest. Cycling along the coast is also a prime way to enjoy the great outdoors in Aomori, and at the end of an active day, the fun continues with spectacular summer festivals. Once summer has passed its peak, the rich greenery of Aomori’s forests changes to an array of yellows, oranges, reds and browns, creating a spectacle of some of Japan’s most breathtaking autumn scenery.