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]

Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiAomori-ken
Official seal of Aomori
Location of Aomori in Japan
Location of Aomori in Japan
Country Japan
CapitalAomori (city)
 • GovernorShingo Mimura
 • Total9,606.26 km2 (3,709.00 sq mi)
Area rank8th
 • Total1,373,164
 • Rank28th
 • Density140/km2 (370/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-02
Prefectural flowerApple blossom (Malus domestica)
Prefectural treeHiba (Thujopsis dolabrata)
Prefectural birdBewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii)
Prefectural birdFlounder
Number of districts8
Number of municipalities40
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