Image Page on Japan�s Tohoku and Hokkaido Regions
Oirase Gorge and Rapids
Found in Northern Honshu�s Aomori Prefecture, Japan Visitor claims that the Oirase gorge and is the most beautiful river valley in Japan. This gorge drains from Lake Towada and runs 14km between Yakeyama and Nenokuchi. Many hikers and cyclists enjoy trekking along the gorge, and it has convenient rest stops. Japan Visitor claims this is a must see for any who are visiting the Aomori Prefecture.
Lake Towada is located between the Aomori and Akita Prefectures of Tohoku Japan. It is the largest crater lake on the Japanese island of Honshu and the 12th largest lake in Japan. In 1936, the lake and surrounding area became Towada National Park. This is a very popular tourist destination in Autumn, as many like to come to see the changing color of the leaves.
This 334 meter high mountain is located on the southern tip of the Hakodate peninsula. It is a heavily wooded mountain that many people like to go to the top of to see the view of Hakodate at night. There are many ways to get to the top of Mt. Hakodate, these include: ropeway, bus, and car. Souvenir shops and a caf� can be found at the top of the mountain as well.
The 1,293 meter tall peak of Mt. Sapporo is a very popular destination for skiers and snowboarders alike. Routes along this area have inns where skiers may stay and camp. For outdoor enthusiasts, it takes 3 to 4 hours to hike to the peak. Otherwise, there are routes to take by car as well.
Aomori city is the prefectural capital of the Aomori Prefecture in Japan. Located in the Northern part of Honshu, Aomori city has a population of about 300,000 and is the main crossing point between people traveling between Honshu and Hokkaido. Aomori has many contemporary architectural buildings that are big tourist draws. Some things to see and do near Aomori are the A-Factory, the Aomori Bay Bridge, the Wa Rasse arts and cultural center, and the Nebuta festival.
Hachinohe is a city located on the eastern side of the Aomori Prefecture. With a population just under 230,000, Hachinohe is the second largest city in the Aomori Prefecture. Emburi is a festival that is celebrated in Hachinohe and nearby towns to pray for a bountiful harvest. There are many historical sights in this area where you can see Jomon era ruins and Muromachi castle ruins as well.
Hakodate is Hokkaido�s third largest city. Hakodate is found on the southern part of Hokkaido and is known for the scenic views from Mt. Hakodate, as well as its seafood. Onuma park is a national park that is located only 30 minutes away from Hakodate and is dotted with hiking trails and lakes. Since Hakodate was one of the first parts of Japan to be made open to foreigners, there are many older western style buildings that are very popular with tourists here.
In the Ainu language, Sapporo means, �River running through a plain.� Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan�s fifth largest city. During the early Meiji Era, Sapporo was chosen to be Hokkaido�s administrative center. When Sapporo was being built, it was based on a North American city grid design. Sapporo received a lot of international attention when it hosted the first winter games in Japan in 1972. This city is very popular for its beer, ramen, and the snow festival that it holds in February.
Aomori Tourist Center
This triangular shaped building is meant to represent an A for Aomori. This 76 meter tall building is the main hub for information about Aomori. Inside, one can find many different shops, cafes and restaurants to get food and souvenirs. There is also a lot of information for local tourist attractions as well.
Located at the Northern most part of the Honshu island, you can find Hotoke-ga-ura rock formations. According to en-aomori.com, these formations were caused by volcanic activity 20 million years ago that was then shaped by rough waves. The rock formations were named after Buddha, so the name literally translates to (Buddha�s cove).
Fort Goryokaku was built in the late Edo period and is meant to look like a western style citadel. Once the fort lost its military significance, it was turned into a public park and many cherry blossoms were planted in the area. This site is where the last battle of the Boshin War took place.
This is the place where Sapporo beer has been brewed since 1877. The creator of Sapporo beer had actually traveled to Germany to learn how to make beer. This is why Japan guide states that, ��Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan.� Inside the Brewery there is a museum that offers tours and tastings for types of beer that are only made and sold at the brewery and no where else. There is also a large dining hall inside where many gather to eat and drink as well.
4 Images of People
These people are taking part in the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri Festival, which is held between August 2nd and 7th of each year. Each year over 3 million people from Japan and abroad come to take part in the festival where giant lanterns are made and paraded through the city. The floats are based on kabuki and mythical figures. The festival has dancing, music and fireworks and is finished by floating the lanterns across Aomori bay as fireworks go off above them.
Oma Tuna Fishermen
Oma Japan is on the northern tip of the Honshu island. These people are taking part in a lucrative business in that area, tuna fishing. It is a hard business, but a record was set this year when a tuna sold for over 3 million dollars in a Tokyo auction. In Oma its normal for fishermen to catch giant tuna with a simple pole and line method with a squid as bait.
Sapporo Brewery Hall
On the Sapporo Brewery ground�s you can find a brewery, museum, and even a giant hall to eat and drink. That�s what all these patrons are currently doing. The popular dish to eat here is called Genghis Khan, which is lamb meat and vegetables that are grilled right at the table.
Ganso Ramen Street
The Ganso ramen street is a very popular place for side street ramen in Sapporo. It started in 1951, when originally seven ramen shops had opened in this area, now there are 17 shops up and running. All of the ramen shops on Ganso Street are small and can only fit a few people inside each, but its still very popular and very busy. Each ramen shop specializes in different ramen from around Hokkaido, some are even listed on the Michellin guide.
5 Images From the Book
Lonely Planet Japan describes Noribetsu as Hokkaido�s most famous onsen. Noribetsu has very mineral rich waters and use to be designated for veterans of the Russo-Japanese War. Lonely Planet also explains that there are statues of a demon named Yukujin that can be seen all over. No worries though, Lonely Planets says that he is meant to spread good luck and fortune.
These people are visiting Yuki Matsuri, which a snow festival held in Sapporo every February. Each year sculptors from all over the world come here to create works of art from snow and ice. This is one of Japan�s most famous winter festivals and has been going on since 1950. It started when some high school students had made a few snow statues in Odori park. Now over 2 million visitors come from all over Japan and the world to witness this event.
Submitted by Davis Clouse on March 29, 2019.