Aomori Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Aomori Prefecture (青森県, Aomori-ken) is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[2] The capital city is Aomori.[3]

Aomori Prefecture
Japanese: 青森県
Map of Japan with Aomori highlighted
Capital Aomori (city)
Region Tōhoku
Island Honshū
Governor Shingo Mimura
Area (rank) 9,606.26 km² (8th)
 - % water 1.2%
Population  (2010-10-01[1])
 - Population 1,373,164 (28th)
 - Density 154 /km²
Districts 8
Municipalities 40
ISO 3166-2 JP-02
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Apple blossom (Malus domestica)
 - Tree Hiba (Thujopsis dolabrata)
 - Bird Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii)
 - Fish Flounder
Symbol of Aomori Prefecture
Symbol of Aomori Prefecture
Emblem of Aomori Prefecture.svg


Until the Meiji Restoration, the lands of Aomori prefecture were part of Mutsu Province.[4]


Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost prefecture on Honshū. The prefecture faces Hokkaidō across the Tsugaru Strait. It shares its southern border with Akita Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture.


There are ten cities in Aomori Prefecture:

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 12% of the total land area of the prefecture,[5] including

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Tsutsukowake jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[7]

Related pagesEdit


  1. National Census 2010 Preliminary Results
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Aomori-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 35; "Tōhoku" at p. 970.
  3. Nussbaum, "Aomori" at p. 35.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  6. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "Towada-Hachimantai National Park" Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-19.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Aomori prefecture at Wikimedia Commons