Aomori is the northernmost prefecture in Japan’s main island of Honshu. The prefecture was founded in 1871 since it had become an important seaport in the Edo Period. Today there are many excellent things to see and do in Aomori, here are just a few.
Hirosaki is a beautiful castle town founded in 1611. Sadly, only a few years later in 1627 the castle was burnt down after being struck by lightning. The area lay dormant until 1810 when it was finally rebuilt as the three story keep it is today. This is a great place to go and see a rather old castle, that although rebuilt, is rather old too. This is an especially stunning location to go and see the cherry blossoms in the spring as there are over 2500 sakura planted around the grounds. There are also several wooden houses which were once the homes of the samurai!
Seiryu-ji temple in Aomori prefecture holds Japan’s largest seated bronze Buddha. This monolith was built in 1984 and is named the Showa-Daibutsu. Surprisingly this temple is not ancient like many in Japan. Seiryu-ji temple was built in 1982 and has beautiful grounds including a pagoda and several enchanting statues.
This area is the largest preserved village from the Jomon Period in Japan. The Jomon period ran from 13000-200 BC and shows evidence of ancient Japanese lifestyles. As well as viewing the excavated huts and buildings you can also enter and walk around beautifully reconstructed dwelling. There is also a museum where you can have some hands-on experience of wearing Jomon clothes and seeing what their lives were like. This site is, understandably, under consideration to become a UNESCO site to preserve the ancient settlement.
These locations can be enjoyed at any time of the year, the Jomon village looks especially enchanting with a layer of pure white snow.
Travel to the north of Japan to view some unique aspects of Japanese culture this winter and enjoy the snowy wonderland!