Autumn in Aomori

The air in Aomori has a certain autumn crisp to it, the leaves are changing colors, and people are starting to enjoy the delicious autumn cuisine that Japan has to offer.

A few weekends ago, I went to Hakkoda to enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves. Hakkoda mountain, located just south of Aomori City by 20 kilometers, is a great day trip. For 1,800 yen round trip you can take the ropeway to part way up the mountain.

Hakkoda Ropeway ticket

Hakkoda Ropeway ticket

The view going up the ropway is gorgeous. Get a window spot to snap some photos! If you are feeling ambitious, dress warm and enjoy some hiking in the area!

The beautiful view headed up the ropeway

The beautiful view headed up the ropeway

However, it doesn’t take a mountain trek to find autumn around Aomori. The narrow roads throughout Asamushi Onsen (featured in a previous blog by Yuko) are littered with fall color and one of the hot springs, Tsubaki-kan offers delightful soaking under the foliage rainbow.

In Asamushi Onsen - this small road leads to several hot springs and a somewhat hidden footbath

In Asamushi Onsen - this small road leads to several hot springs and a somewhat hidden footbath

 Even the main road through Aomori City, Route 4, has a few trees here and there changing colors over night.

Just your everyday Aomori City - the bus stop near Gappo Park

Just your everyday Aomori City - the bus stop near Gappo Park

If enjoying the tastes of autumn interests you, apple hunting and chestnut gathering are also great ways to enjoy autumn in Aomori. There are several apples farms scattered around Aomori Prefecture where locals and visitors alike can enjoy apple picking. For around a few hundred yen, you can choose the most delicious apples to delight in. Most of the farms are accessable by bus making them easy for even out-of-towners to enjoy.

delicious Aomori apples

delicious Aomori apples

My friend, visiting from Tokyo, and I went to Kawamura Ringo-en located in Aomori City.

my friend reaching for the best Aomori apple!

my friend reaching for the best Aomori apple!

 For those interested in exploring even more, Moya Hills (also located in Aomori City) offers even more autumn beauty.

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You can see the green foliage changing..

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...while other trees boast full autumn color

In addition to the autumn foliage, Moya Hills is also covered in colorful Kosmos fields where you can even enjoy a maze!

Kosmos fields

Kosmos fields

 Last, if you’re looking for something yummy – the autumn dish at a local cafe near Aomori Station, Qudrille , is one great option.  Enjoy the true seasonal flavors and you will have completed a Aomori autumn.

Chestnut rice along with a Japanese soup and side dishes

Chestnut rice along with a Japanese soup and side dishes

With just weeks of autumn left, get out there and enjoy all activity before the winter starts to roll around!

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