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Shirakami-Sanch1 mapFukaura town Shirakami-Sanchi is one of the Japan's first sites inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.
"Shirakami-Sanchi" is the Japanese word of "Shirakami mountains".
The mountains as much as 1,000-1,200 meters high are covered with old-growth beech forests.

The forests are 130 thousand hectares in area, and central 17 thousand hectares of them are designated a World Heritage Site.
They extend into both Aomori and Akita Prefectures, and about 74 percents of them are in Aomori Prefecture.

Beech trees serve little uses for Japanese people. So no trees have been cut down, then untouched natural forests have remained here.
There are few forest roads in this area, basically general visitors are forbidden to enter the central area.

As the valuable forests are main, there are few grand or wonderful sceneries as sightseeing spot.
But you can feel the strength of nature at some spots in the forest.

The follwing spots are popular. But the ground of whole area is soft, so unfortunately it could be that you cannot reach there by landslide or rockfall.

Anmon Waterfalls

Anmon waterfalls They are three waterfalls located at the northeastern edge of World Heritage Site, and are at about 30 km west of Hirosaki city.
There are the first waterfall 42 meters high, the second one 37 meters high 200 meters downstream, and the third one 26 meters high 160 meters downstream.
From the parking, you can walk on a trail in beech forest along the Anmon River. The distance to the third waterfall is about 3 km.
From mid-June to early November, a route buses from Hirosaki to Tsugaru mountain pass stop at near the parking. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Hirosaki

Tsugaru mountain pass

Tsugaru passIt is a mountain pass located about 4 km north of Anmon waterfalls.
We can see the mountains in Shirakami-sanchi and Mount Iwaki.
There is a huge beech tree near this pass, and it is called "Mother Tree". It is estimated to be 400 years old.
By the route bus, it takes about 40 minutes from the parking of Anmon waterfalls.

Mini Shirakami

Mini ShirakamiIt is a beech forest in which we can walk, and is located about 12 km south of central Ajigasawa town.
This forest is out of World Heritage Site, but since the 17th century, it has been forbidden to cut down the beech trees to hold water for using in farm. It is 52 hectares wide, and there is a visitor center "Kuromori-kan". From here, two walking courses, 2.2 km and 1.1 km, are set.
It is opened from April 20th to October 31st.
In this period, a route bus runs from Ajigasawa station and it takes about 30 minutes. But it runs only once a day (11:45 at Ajigasawa).

Dakedai forest

Dakedai forestIt is a beech forest 12 hectares wide, and is located 25 km north of Futatsui station on JR Oou Line.
It is positioned in a southeastern direction out of World Heritage Site, is in Fujisaki town in Akita Prefecture.
small lakes in beech forests, and is located about 12 km south of central Fukaura town. The official name is "Dakedai forest for nature education".
From the parking, a walking trail 1.8 km long starts.
On the way of the trail, there is a huge beech tree which is about 400 years old.
To here, car is the exclusive means of transport.

Mount Futatsumori

Mount FutatsumoriMount Futatsumori is a mountain located about 11 km northeast of central Hachimori town in Akita Prefecture.
It is 1,086 meters high, and is at the edge of World Heritage Site.
The parking is on the western mountainside, and we climb the mountain about 200 meters high. The distance is about 1.7 km, and it takes 40-50 minutes.
From the top of the mountain, we can see the central forests in World Heritage Site.
To here, car is the exclusive means of transport.

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How to get to here

By railroad

Ajigasawa and Hachimori stations are on JR Gono Line.
From Hirosaki to Ajigasawa, about 1 hours and 10 minutes by rapid train "resort Shirakami", about 1 hours and 20 minutes by local train.
From Higashi-Noshiro to Hachimori, about 35 minutes by local train.
Futatui station is on JR Oou Line.
By limited express, about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Aomori, about 1 hour from Akita.

Anmon third waterfall
Dakedai forest
Anmon first waterfall
Walking trail in beech forest
Mother tree

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