A Gateway to the Road Less Traveled

Found on Japan’s main island, Honshu, Aomori City spends most of the year offering visitors a taste of a sleepy, seaside city mixed with forward-looking developments and modern art.

Combining the history of an established port town with modern facilities and attractions, the city has been called the economic and cultural center of the area.

The characters for Aomori mean “blue forest” which is fitting considering the city belongs to the Aomori Prefecture, which boasts gorgeous vistas including the beautiful Hakkoda Mountains, Oirase River and Lake Towada. Aomori City faces Mutsu Bay to the north and is surrounded by mountains in the other three directions.

The bay area of the city offers visitors the chance to feast on local delicacies, take in modern art and snap beautiful photos of the Aomori Bay Bridge, which is stunning at night.

Ambitious tourists looking to take in accompanying sights could make their way to the rugged vistas of the Shimokita Peninsula or Lake Towada, the largest caldera lake on Honshu.

The Aoromi Museum of Art

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The Aoromi Museum of Art

The Aoromi Museum of Art

The modern art museum is located just outside of the city’s downtown area and features temporary and permanent exhibits. Permanent exhibits include three vast paintings by Marc Chagall, which you can find in a room that stretches 19 meters high. Also on hand are the pop art works of Nara Yoshitomo. Meanwhile, visitors can immerse themselves in the inspired architecture of the museum, which pays homage to the nearby Sannai Maruyama Historical Site.

Aomori Bay Bridge

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Aomori Bay Bridge

Aomori Bay Bridge

This bridge provides Aomori’s guests with a beautiful, romantic spot to visit, especially at night when the 1219-meter bridge is lit-up. A recreational trail under the bridge provides visitors with a place to stroll and enjoy the sights and fresh sea air. This impressive structure is a must for those looking to capture photos of their experience in Aomori.

The Furukawa Fish Market

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The Furukawa Fish Market

The Furukawa Fish Market

The public fish market calls central Aomori home and tempts visitors with rows and rows of local seafood, vegetables and pickles. Why is this particular market so special? It’s because guests can enjoy their very own seafood donburi (bowl) known as nokkedon, which is made up of delicious, seasonal fish found within the market. While other fish markets in Japan give you limited access to the dish, the Furukawa Fish Market offers it year-round.

Aomori, Japan At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 33°32'41.81"N 131°25'9.9"E
Size: 824.60 KM2 (318.38 MI2)
Population: 287,648
Density: 349 Pop/KM2 (135 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81 (local dialing 17)

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