Main City: Aomori
Population: 1,221,000 people, ranking 31/47 prefectures (2021)
Area: 9,645 km2
Geographical / Landscape description
Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu facing Hokkaido, with the Tsugaru Strait in between. Aomori Prefecture has a rich and varied nature of mountains, parks and lakes.
Aomori prefecture’s climate is cool for the most part with an average temperature of 10°C. Variations in climate exist between the eastern (Pacific Ocean side) and the western (Japan Sea side) parts of the prefecture. This is in part due to the Ou Mountains that run north to south and divide the two regions. The western side is subject to heavy monsoons and little sunshine. The eastern side receives little sunlight during the summer months with temperatures staying relatively low.
Recent history, culture
Aomori is well known for its tradition of Tsugaru-jamisen, a virtuosic style of shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese musical instrument) playing. The prefecture is also known for its Nobuta Matsuri, one of Japan’s most impressive festivals with giant floats of brave warrior-figures carried through the centre of Aomori City.
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