Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The city faces Mutsu Bay connecting Tsugaru Channel and the Hakkoda Mountains lie in the southern part of Aomori. It has the biggest seaport in the prefecture. Before Seikan Tunnel opened, Port Aomori served the city with train ferry to Hakodate in Hokkaidō, and therefore the main entrance of Honshū for passengers and cargo to and from Hokkaidō.
The city was officially founded on April 1, 1898. The town and port was however settled in 1626, in the early Edo period. Recently, the city merged with the former town of Namioka on April 1, 2005 to form the new city of Aomori.
Aomori literally means blue (or green) woods. The name is generally considered to refer to a small forest on a hill which existed near the town, used by fishermen as a landmark. A different theory suggests the name might have been derived from the Ainu language.
Transportation: Aomori Airport (established 1964, international flights beginning 1995) is about a 30 minute drive from the city, with bus service available. There are flights to Tokyo, Itami (near Osaka), Chūbu Centrair International Airport (near Nagoya), Sapporo, Fukuoka and Seoul, South Korea (through Korean Air). In summer, flights to Russia (through Dalavia Far East Airways) are also available.
Aomori Station is located at the downtown, near the Aomori Port. The station is served by JR East as the northern terminus of the Tohoku and Ōu Main Lines. The Hokkaidō Railway Company also runs trains on the Tohoku Main Line track to Hachinohe, and owns the Tsugaru Kaikyo Line to the north which runs through the Seikan Tunnel to Hokkaidō.
Seikan Ferry operates ferries to Hakodate. It takes about four hours to go by ferry from Aomori to Hakodate.
Sightseeing: Aomori Nebuta is a famous festival performed from August 2 to August 7 every year. Besides this, major attractions of Aomori include ruins, museums, and mountains. Hakkoda Mountains are good locations for trekking with hot spas. Aomori is also home to several hot spas (onsen), such as Asamushi and Sukayu.
Asupamu Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art Aomori City Forestry Museum Aomori Prefectural Folk Museum Aomori City History and Folk Arts Museum Nebuta-no-sato Museum Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Education: Aomori Akenohoshi Junior College is a 2-year women's university in Aomori, Japan. The university was established in 1963, and is descended from an art school established in 1937 by members of the Canadian Congregation of Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.
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