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Oirase stream

Oirase stream mapOirase stream Oirase stream is one of the most popular sightseeing spot in Aomori Prefecture, and espacially many tourists visit here during the season of new green leaves and autumn leaves.

It is the uppermost stream of Oirase River, which flows from Lake Towada and into Pacific Ocean.
There are many various waterfalls along this stream, so we can enjoy the scenery that clean water flows and the woodsy fragrance.

The area is from Nenokuchi to Yakeyama, and the distance is about 14 km.
Nenokuchi is a small town on the east coast of Lake Towada, and here is the starting point of Oirase River.
Yakeyama is a hot spring resort town, which is also called "Towada-ko onsen", additionally there is a ski resort.

A pavement and a walking trail are all along this stream.
The route buses between Lake Towada and Aomori or Hachinohe run on this pavement once or twice every hour. So if you make good use of them, you may tour here effectively.

When you plan to walk all along this stream, you should allow 5 hours. Yakeyama is about 200 meters lower than Nenokuchi, then, of course, it's easier to walk from Nenokuchi.

Using a rental bicycle is a good idea. There are some shops for it at Nenokuchi and Yakeyama.
If you rent a bicycle at Nenokuchi, you can pedal on down slope. Even in that case, you can return the bicycle at Yakeyama.

From Nenokuchi to Ishigedo (8.9 km)

  • Goryo waterfall /1/ : It is on the left bank. "Ryo" means an old currency unit in Japan, and is worth current hundreds of thousand yen. So, "goryo" is 5 ryo. It means that this waterfall has such value.
    (1.0 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Senryo rock /2/ : It is a rock in the stream. In Japan, a box including much money is called "Senryo-bako", and "senryo" is 1,000 ryo. This rock looks like a senryo-bako.
    (Near Goryo waterfall)
  • Manryo current /3/ : It is the current of stream around Senryo rock. "Manryo" means 10,000 ryo. We can see these three spots at one time, so they are called "the view of 11,005 ryo".
    (Near Goryo waterfall)
  • Choshi large waterfall /4/ : This is an only waterfall on Oirase River, and is 20 meters wide and 7 meters high. By this waterfall, fish living in Oirase River have been unable to enter into Lake Towada.
    Here is a bus stop and a parking. (1.6 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Samuzawa current /5/ : It is the current of a river flowing into Oirase River at near Choshi waterfall. As it flows on steep slope, it lools like a waterfall.
    (Near Choshi large waterfall)
  • Kudan waterfall /6/ : It is on the left bank. "Kudan" means "nine steps". Water has flown on complex stratum, so it has turned stairs. Water flows gently.
    (2.0 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Shimai waterfall /7/ : It is on the right bank. "Shimai" means "sisters". A flow of water is divided into two waterfalls by a rock.
    (2.6 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Furou waterfall /8/ : It is on the left bank. "Furou" means "eternal youth". It was named because the waterfall had never been dry. It is said that you can live long after drinking this water.
    (2.8 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Tomoshiraga waterfall /9/ : It is on the right bank. "Tomoshiraga" means "long life that the hairs of both husband and wife get gray". In winter the water is frozen.
    (Near Furou waterfall)
  • Shiraito waterfall /10/ : It is on the left bank. "Shiraito" means "white thread". Many thin lines of water flows.
    (Near Furou waterfall)
  • Shiraginu waterfall /11/ : It is on the left bank. "Shiragumu" means "white silk". Literally, it looks like silk. It is a gently and delicate waterfall. We can see these four waterfalls near Furou waterfall at the same place and time.
    (Near Furou waterfall)
  • Tamadare waterfall /12/ : It is on the right bank. The water flows all over the rock of horizontal-striped pattern.
    (3.9 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Iwasuge waterfall /13/ : It is on the right bank. Wates flows on the surface of rocks.
    (4.2 km from Nenokuchi).
  • Shiranuno waterfall /14/ : It is in the woods on the left bank. "Shiranuno" means "white cloth". It looks like a cloth which angel wears.
    (6.1 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Kumoi waterfall /15/ : It is on the right bank. It is 25 meters high, and the water falls down powerfully through two steps.
    Here is a bus stop. (6.3 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Soryu waterfall /16/ : It is about 0.2 km upstream of Kumoi waterfall, but when you visit here, you need to climb up a steep and treacherous path.
    "Soryu" means "double-headed dragon". The water is divided into two flows by a rock.
  • Hakugin current /17/ : "Hakugin" means "dazzling silver". The foams of breaking wave in the Oirase River shine brilliantly with reflected sunlight.
    (Near Kumoi waterfall)
  • Sensuji waterfall /18/ : It is on the right bank. "Sensuji" means "thousand lines". Many thin flows fall down.
    This is the most downstream waterfall.
    (6.5 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Tobigane current /19/ : We can see the sunlit and brilliant rocks in the stream of Oirase River.
    (Near Sensuji waterfall)
  • Showa pond /20/ : It is a pond formed by being dammed with fallen rocks by the typhoon in 1958 (the 33th year in Showa era).
    (6.7 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Tsukumo islands /21/ : "Tsukumo" means "99". On the Oirase River, many rocks is dotted like islands. Most rocks are covered with mosses, so the landscape looks like a Japanese garden.
    (6.9 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Ashura current /22/ : It is a rapid current of Oirase River. "Ashura" is the fighting god in Buddhism. This is one of popular spots in Oirase stream.
    (Near Tsukumo islands)
  • Makado rock /23/ : It is a big rock wall. "Makado" means "gate of horse", then it looks like a gate to Lake Towada.
    Here is a bus stop. (7.6 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Ishigedo current /24/ : This current is relatively gentle in Oirase stream. On the riverside, there is a rock cave. It have a legend that a beautiful female robber lived here and she mugged the travelers long ago.
    When you come from Yakeyama, here is the substantive gate of the scenic area.
    Here is a bus stop and a parking. (8.9 km from Nenokuchi)

From Ishigedo to Yakeyama (5.3 km)

  • Samidare current /25/ : It is a junction of Oirase River and the other river. The rapid and slow currents are mixed.
    (10.2 km from Nenokuchi)
  • Shimeikei stream /26/ : It is a shallow Oirase River, and many round rocks are dotted in the river.
    Recently sands are depositing, so the appeal of view is fadind. But the scenery in the snow is nice.
    (13.0 km from Nenokuchi)
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How to get to here

By route bus

From Aomori station or Hachinohe station, get on a bus to Lake Towada.
To Yakeyama, about 2 hours from Aomori, about 1 hours and 25 minutes.
Then from Yakeyama, 9 minutes to Ishigedo, 12 minutes to Makado-iwa, 15 minutes to Kumoi waterfall, 23 minutes to Choshi waterfall and 30 minutes to Nenokuchi.

By car

From central Aomori city, to Yakeyama about 50 km, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
From central Hachinohe city, to Yakeyama about 55 km, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Manryo current
Choshi large waterfall
Samuzawa current
Hakugin current
Tobigane current Ashura current
Ishigedo current Samidare current
Shimeikei stream in winter
Tomoshiraga waterfall Shiraito waterfall Shiraginu waterfall
Kumoi waterfall

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