Reason for being elected

There are reasons
for Aomori to be chosen.

Aomori Prefecture offer the great environment for sports as host pre-Games training camps.

Cool even in summer:
located in the northern end of Honshu

Aomori Prefecture is located at the northernmost area of Japan’s main island of Honshu, at almost exactly the same latitude as Rome, Madrid and New York. Its climate remains relatively cool even in summer to be ideal for the conditioning of athletes.

Limited rainfall
in the summer

Rainfall is limited even in the rainy season (June-July), providing suitable conditions for training.

Direct flights available from
Incheon International Airport

Direct flights are operated from Incheon International Airport (Seoul), called “Asia’s hub airport,” to Aomori Airport. Aomori can be accessed without stress from all over the world, such as countries in Europe, America and other regions, not to mention countries in Asia.

Home to a host of big-name athletes

Aomori has produced many athletes to shine in the Olympics and on other international stages. There are facilities in the prefecture that have been used by Olympic medalists for training.

IZUMI Hiroshi(Judo) Silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
ICHO Kaori(Wrestling) Gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, Gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
ICHO Chiharu(Wrestling) Silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
OTA Shinobu(Wrestling) Silver medal at the Rio de janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
OBARA Hitomi(Wrestling) Gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
SAITO Haruka(Softball) Gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (*Coach) / Bronze medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
FURUKAWA Takaharu(Archery) Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Rich in nature/
hot springs and culture

Aomori is surrounded by natural beauty including Shirakami Mountain Range, one of Japan’s first sites entered on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage list. The prefecture is dotted with hot springs, that are useful for recovery from physical and mental fatigue.