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Japan is an island country in East Asia. Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, the north end of Honshu in Japan. The city faces Mutsu Bay connecting Tsugaru Channel and the Hakkoda Mountains lie in the southern part of Aomori. It has the biggest seaport in the prefecture. Before Seikan Tunnel opened, Port Aomori served the city with train ferry to Hakodate in Hokkaido, and therefore the main entrance of Honshu for passengers and cargo to and from Hokkaido.
 
The city was officially founded on April 1, 1898. The town and port was however settled in 1626, in the early Edo period. Recently, the city merged with the former town of Namioka on April 1, 2005 to form the new city of Aomori. Its area is 824.52 square kilometers. The population as of April 1, 2005 was 314,786 and its density was 373.62 per kilometers.
 
Aomori literally means blue or green woods. The name is generally considered to refer to a small forest which existed near the town, used by fishermen as a landmark. A different theory suggests the name might have been derived from the Ainu language. Snow and cold weather characterize the winter climate in Aomori. The city and surrounding area are renowned for heavy snowfall, which is said to be the heaviest among Japanese cities. In summer, a cool wind called Yamase frequently blows from the east, which sometimes results in extremely cool weather and poor harvests. Additionally, thick fogs are often observed in mountainous areas in the summer. Due to this fog, flights to Aomori Airport are often canceled.

Aomori Station is located at the downtown, near the Aomori Port. The station is served by JR East as the northern terminus of the Tohoku and Ou Main Lines. Asupamu Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art, Aomori City Forestry Museum, Aomori Prefectural Folk Museum, and Aomori City History and Folk Arts Museum are some of the attractions in the city. Aomori International Airport was established in 1964. International flights beginning 1995 is about a 30 minute drive from the city, with bus service available. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Aomori enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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