Aomori

Oirase Stream

Oirase Stream is remarkably beautiful during autumn for some of the most famous fall foliage in Japan. This mountain stream in the Aomori prefecture attracts visitors every year to enjoy a colorful display of leaves with shades of red, yellow, and orange. The natural roaring of the stream and its many waterfalls offer a retreat from the city. During the spring and summer, Oirase Stream is surrounded by lush trees and greenery ideal for a nature hike. Recognized as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty by the Japanese government, Oirase Stream is truly a natural monument.

The hike in Oirase Stream is not just breathtaking, but fairly easy for the average traveler. The landscape is about eight and a half miles long, with a variety of waterfalls each with a unique appearance. The most remarkable water falls are Kumoi-no-Taki (standing about 80 feet high), Choshi-Otaki (with a great flow of water), Tamasudare-no-Taki (with spherical shaped flow), and Shiraito-no-Taki (white thread like flow).

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