Dec 8, 2016
Oirase Stream is a mountain stream flowing out of Lake Towada, Aomori Prefecture. It runs for about 14 kilometers through a forest of cedar, Japanese beech and maple trees, and lush greenery. The natural beauty is so scenic, it’s been named a national monument of the prefecture. Strolling on the promenade by its banks, or driving by, you can feel fresh cool breezes.
Along the river you’ll also see over a dozen waterfalls, cascading down in many different ways. I was impressed by the ‘Choshiotaki’, a waterfall that’s 20 meters wide, with its large gush of water creating a lovely cool mist. I saw it in summer and was really lucky to see the sunlight peeking through the lush green foliage reflected in the mist! Even my photos couldn’t capture the true beauty of what I saw.
While you’re there, look also for the Tamasudare-no-taki Falls. The water here rolls down in the shape of balls. I’ve never seen anything like it!
If you walk slowly along the entire mountain stream, it should take you about five hours. If that’s too tiring, take the bus that runs parallel to the walkway. You can also rent bicycles at Nenokuchi and Yakeyama. Ride them just one way and then you can drop them off at the end of your trip.
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