Introducing Aomori Prefecture
Aomori-ken (青森県), at the curious northern tip of Honshū, is split in the middle by Mutsu-wan, the bay cradled in the arm of the axe-shaped Shimokita Peninsula. This is a prefecture where having a rental car will really open up some of Japan's most remote and wildly exotic areas. The ethereal volcanic landscapes around Osore-zan are where Aomori's people come to commune with the dead. The old cultural centre of Hirosaki and the verdant nature clinging to the shores of Towada-ko are definitely more rooted in this world.