Aomori Prefecture was consolidated from previous provinces in 1871 during the Meiji Restoration and its capital was established in 1889. The town of Aomori was later consolidated as a city in 1898.
The region of Aomori Prefecture is in the northern corner of Honshu, facing Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait. Bordering Aomori are Akita Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture to the south. Two peninsulas within the prefecture, the Shimokita Peninsula and the Tsugaru Peninsula enclose to create Mutsu Bay with Natsudomari Peninsula in between. Another notable geographic point is Lake Towada, a crater located along the border with Akita Prefecture.
Aomori Prefecture is home to ten major cities, including:
In addition, Aomori Prefecture is home to the following districts and towns:
In Aomori Prefecture, primary industries have long been and largely remain farming, fishing, and logging.
Aomori is best known for its numerous outdoor attractions, including world famous apple orchards, Lake Towada, and Oirase River. Mount Osore, is also located here on the Shimokita Peninsula. Additional popular spots for visitors include Hakkoda Ship, Aomori Bay Bridge, Aomori Prefectural Folk Museum, Mount Hakkoda, Sannai-Maruayama Remains, Shirakami-Sanchi, and Nebut-no-sato Museum.