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Oirase Gorge, Towada

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Enjoy a relaxing hike through dense primeval forest along Oirase Gorge. As you walk or cycle along the 8-10 km (5-6 mi) trail, surrounded by white cedar, maple trees, and Japanese beech, you’ll see the stream crashing against moss-covered rocks poking out of the water. Various waterfalls of different shapes and sizes line the trail, including a 25 m (82 ft) high giant cascade. Amenities include simple restrooms and bicycle hire shops. Start your trip to Towada by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • Generally speaking, the Oirase Stream is hard to access by public transport during winter due to road closure, but the winter sight is awesome which is something I realy wanted to see. So I joined...  more »
  • Plan before you go for the trip. Bus from Aomori allows you to stop at your prefered place so that you can hike up the stream. If you do not own a JR pass, it will be wise to buy the 5000yen pass...  more »
  • Overall a spectacular place to visit. Looks of hiking trails and natural landscapes. There are bathroom facilities only in the beginning and end of the trail. You can either hike the entire distance or take the bus for part of the route.
  • Walked upstream on the morning of warm spring day. The sun was at our backs which made it easier to see all the falls and rapids. Not a difficult trek, even talking upstream. Was very beautiful. If with kids, watch closely as at times the path does come very near the highway.
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