Lake Towada (十和田湖) isn’t just a beautiful lake that straddles between both Aomori and Akita prefecture in North-eastern Japan. Whether you prefer water sports or want to take a stroll around the virgin forest, or just like to eat, Lake Towada is a destination for everyone!Read more
The 14 km Oirase Gorge (奥入瀬渓流) in Aomori prefecture is known as one of Japan’s most scenic spots. No matter which season you visit Oirase Gorge, you will definitely be amazed by its beauty.
Apart from the walking tracks that are artificial, the whole Gorge remains its original form. The virgin forest, the rocks (big and small) covered by various moss, multiple meandering streams flowing on the riverbank, and not to mention the waterfall here and there, all will make you want to stay there forever!
And the best thing about this Gorge is that there aren’t too many bugs!!! Don’t we all hate being stung by those mosquitos…(´▽｀*).Read more
There are plenty of “joyful trains” in Japan but have you ever boarded one that features live performances? Resort Shirakami (リゾート白神) is the only joyful train in Japan with live performances including shamisen (Japanese guitar), puppet plays, and Japanese folk tales told in Tsugaru dialect (津軽弁)!Read more
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like after you die? Well, we have. According to Japanese folk tales, those who died will pass a bridge to cross the Sanzunokawa river. It has been said that the river divides our world from another world.
As we all need to cross that river one day, why not start preparing ourselves in the meantime by visiting Mt. Osore (恐山) for an idea of what heaven and hell might look like (albeit the real ones will be millions of times better or worse depends on where you ended up going)? It might even inspire you to do more good deeds！Read more
After you spend a day or two exploring Hirosaki, you might feel like you haven’t experienced enough of the Tsugaru region’s hospitality. You decide to hop on a train and you are on your way to the sister-like city, Kuroishi. During the 50-minute train ride, you might look out of the window and think, “I wonder whether there’s anything interesting to see along this train line…”.
Hirakawa (平川市) is a city that is located in between Hirosaki and Kuroishi. In the city, there are quite a few interesting places, like rice paddy art that will make you want to hop off the train and explore! If you are a Ghibli Studio fan, the model of the house and garden in the movie – The Secret World of Arrietty is in Hirakawa city (*’▽’).Read more
People who hold a bit of knowledge of Aomori prefecture will most likely have heard about the famous Hirosaki City. What they might not know or hear of is its sister-like city – Kuroishi (黒石市) that prospered with Hirosaki city as Hirosaki Castle’s castle town.
The residents of Kuroishi city are proud of the number of historical and cultural assets that the city owns. They even branded themselves as a lived-in museum. Instead of ones which cram all showpieces into a small building, with various local shops specialising in different traditional folk arts and historical architecture here and there, the city itself is a museum! They even have a smaller version of Kyoto’s Arashiyama, called Ko-Arashiyama (≧▽≦).Read more
We have all seen them – the fantastic views photographed from mountaintops. Surely they must have been edited? Well, now you can find out in the laziest way possible with an easy mountain peak climb!
Mt. Iwaki (岩木山), the highest mountain in Aomori Prefecture is a great mountain to cross off your bucket list! With an altitude of 1,625 meters, this mountain (also known as Tsugaru’s Mt. Fuji) is popular with both trekkers and hikers. If you love climbing, then 5 mountain trails will lead you to the top in 4 – 5 hours. But, if you want to take an easier route, then a bus trip from JR Hirosaki Station and a 10 minute gondola ride will bring you close to the summit (^_-)-☆.Read more
Have you ever wondered what a traditional Japanese arcade looks like? When you visit Kuroishi city, come and explore Nakamachi Komise Street (中町こみせ通り). It is the only arcade in Japan that has remained almost intact since the Edo period (1603 – 1868)!Read more
When the Japanese think about Aomori, apple is probably one of the first things that will pop up in their mind. Hirosaki, home to most apple productions in the country, naturally has several orchards which are great for sightseeing purposes.
The Hirosaki Apple Park (弘前市りんご公園), which is around 40 minutes by bus from JR Hirosaki Station (弘前駅), however, offers more than what normal orchards open to its visitors for. The Park is a fantastic place to learn how apple farmers grow their apples! Throughout the year, there is a range of activities such as artificial pollination and getting rid of unwanted flowers and fruit that the Park’s visitors can participate in (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ. Having said that, you can still stroll around the huge park freely!Read more
Mt. Shirakami, or Shirakami Sanchi (白神山地) is a vast mountain area of 130 hectares that spans from the north of Akita Prefecture to the south of Aomori Prefecture. Mt Shirakami has been listed as a world heritage site as of 1993. It is also a Pilgrimage site for Studio Ghibli fans as the forest in the movie “Princess Mononoke”, is inspired by Mt. Shirakami!
This 8,000 years old mountain area is the home of the world’s largest virgin beech forest. Because this area is almost untouched by human activities, you will find a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna here (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ.Read more