Aomori: The land of blue forest

21 Aug


Have you heard of Aomori?  If you don’t live in Japan, the chances are that you’ve never heard of it.  It’s not Tokyo or Kyoto, well-known tourist destinations.  But it is where I’ve been living for the last two months.  As a girl who grew up in Tokyo I never thought I’d visit Aomori, let alone live here, but I’m discovering that Aomori is a beautiful place with rich cultures and incredible natural beauty.

Aomori is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tohoku (Northeastern) region.  To get to Aomori it takes about 3 hours from Tokyo by the bullet train.  Aomori literally means “blue forest” in Japanese.  It’s surrounded by the ocean, mountains, and lakes.

One of the most scenic places I’ve visited in Aomori is Oirase Gorge where there are number of gorgeous waterfalls along Oirase river (see the pictures).  It reminded me of Olympic National Park in the state of Washington – the ferns, the fog, the color of trees, and the abundance of water.  At the end of the gorge you’ll arrive at Lake Towada, the largest crater lake in Honshu, Japan.

Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada are so beautiful, but that’s not all.  Aomori offers unique Japanese experiences you won’t get in the cities like Tokyo.  In this blog I’ll write about exploring Aomori, the land of blue forest.


5 Responses to “Aomori: The land of blue forest”

  1. Lometa Harris August 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    So glad you are sharing all of this about Japan as this is the only way we will see Japan. It’s easy to see why Travis says that he likes Japan. Too many times people think if someone is not like them that they are weird. God created all people and cultures to be unique in their own way.

    • Yumi August 24, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      Thank you for your comment, Lometa! Yes, we’re unique in our own way, and being different is okay. 🙂 I’m glad to be able to share my experiences in Japan through this blog.


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