Take a deep breath in Aomori and you might smell the sweet aroma of apples in the air. Aomori is the northernmost province of Honshu and is known as the apple capital of Japan, producing more than half of Japan’s apples thanks to its generally cooler climate, with the most popular variety being the crunchy red Fuji variety.
Apple products take centerstage when it comes to Aomori’s souvenirs — Japanese and tourists alike are often seen carting home crates of fresh apples or stockpiling bottles of apple juice, apple wine and apple jam, but none can compare to the Aomori apple pie. Different stores in Aomori have come up with their own unique way to best savour the Aomori apple in pie form. Here are our favourites.
The Classic Apple Pie
You can’t go wrong with the classic apple pie which can be found all around Aomori in a variety of pastry styles and apple varieties. In fact, Hirosaki has a detailed Apple Pie Guide (Japanese only) listing 43 outlets to help you hunt down your favourite apple pie in the city.
We recommend checking out the Taisho Roman Tea Room located in the historic Fujita Memorial Garden which has six different types of apple pies from famous confectioners around the city. Pair your apple pie with the Shirakami buckwheat galette and vanilla ice cream for a delectable dessert.