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It’s finally springtime here on beautiful Mt. Iwaki, and the green season is starting with a bang! We took our drone on a little trip around the local area to discover what fun is to be had within 30 minutes of Rockwood Hotel.

Ajigasawa Town

Just 15 minutes away by car, Ajigasawa Town lines the western coast and has beautiful views of the sunset over the Sea of Japan. A quaint fishing village of about 15,000 residents, it is well known for fresh seafood, especially their flounder sashimi!

Ajigasawa Town & Beach aerial view

Ajigasawa Beach Resort

This beautiful stretch of beach is the most popular local swimming and beach barbecue spot! With plenty of grass, sand, and the impressive Nagisa Suspension Bridge spanning the Nakamura River estuary, it’s a sure hit for a relaxing day in the sun. The swimming portion of the yearly Ajigasawa Triathlon is held here as well.

Necklace Road

A dream for cyclists and motorcyclists alike, the aptly named Necklace Road encircles Mt. Iwaki like a necklace around a woman’s neck. This 50km round trip road offers plenty of panoramic views and winding climbs, giving access to Iwaki Shrine, the Iwaki Skyline peak access road, and of course Aomori Spring Resort.

Tsurunomai Bridge

This bridge, also known as the “Bridge of the Dancing Cranes”, is the pride and joy of Tsuruta Town. This 300m long wooden bridge holds the title of longest three-arched wooden bridge in Japan and offers a fantastic view of Mt. Iwaki.

Tsurunomai Hashi bridge in Aomori

Aomori Spring Resort

One of the largest and most unique resorts in Aomori, Aomori Spring offers something for everyone in any season of the year. Come in winter and early spring for winter sports on the best snow Japan has to offer, or come in the green season for golf, hiking, cycling, or just a relaxing soak in the Rockwood Hotel hot spring.

The local area is full of great places waiting to be discovered by those with a knack for adventure. Come visit us and make your springtime one to remember!