Aomori Japan Hirosakicastle in Spring
The Hirosaki Castle is considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful castles. The main tower was built in 1611 by Nobuhira, lord of the Tsugaru clan, at the top of a hill and surrounded by defensive walls, moats and towers. Hundreds of cherry trees grow in the park during the spring.
Aomori Japan Towada Hachimantai National Park Waterfall
Visit Aomori to hike along the crystal-clear Oirase Gorge stream, one of the most beautiful rivers in all of Japan. The 14km (8.6 miles) valley is marked by unusual rock formations, 14 plunging waterfalls and spectacular colored trees in fall. At the center of the gorge is the pleasant Ishigedo rest area.
At the world-class contemporary Aomori Museum of Art, you can dig deep into the region's culture from prehistoric times up until now. The building was designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, and it features the quirky work of Aomori-born artist Yoshimoto Nara. There is also work by painters such as Pablo Picasso.
If you like seafood and apples, Aomori is the place for you. At the Furukawa Fish Market, try nokkedon (a rice bowl topped with seafood), the local scallop or perhaps the ichigo-ni (a seafood stew). Cruise to Aomori, Japan and head to A-FACTORY to taste fresh or dried apples, apple ice cream, pie or cider.
At ASPAM, a building with 15 floors in the shape of Aomiri's letter "A," you can purchase Aomori's signature products, such as apple cider, sake, ceramics, cypress woodwork, dolls and embroidery. Along Shinmachi Street, you'll find antique and craft stores as well as the Nakasan, Sakurano and Beny Mart shopping centers.
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