A beautiful gorge is formed in the first part of the river that drains Lake Towada into the Pacific Ocean. The gorge is marked with a dozen of cascading waterfalls and carved-out rocks, and is one the most popular autumn-color viewing spots in the Tohoku region. A 9km trail along the stream is a leisurely walk to enjoy waters with ever changing colors.
Purposehealth,nature,family,mountain climbing,mysterious lands of Japan,autumn foliage,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.New Chitose Airport (about 258.7km) Google Transit
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5.02 months ago
Never been better. Good place to hike. You can see many photographers and visitors especially during the maple season. Not too many hotels around this area so don’t get lost, better leave before sunset, it gets dark soon.
5.05 months ago
This place is a MUST GO!
It’s amazingly beautiful especially during the fall, but anytime is great honestly.
Try the rental bikes by the tourist rest spot or hike around the lake if you have some decent stamina.
If you do go during the fall dress VERY warm, it gets very cold because it’s close to water.
5.07 months ago
Good place for photography lovers. Nice track with magnificent gorge and waterfall. traffic is a little bit trouble, but travelling in between the area is not too frequent. Driving and hiking is recommended.
5.07 months ago
Mesmerising trail with waterfall, lovely plants, beautiful river and fresh air. Worth spending an hour here. Don’t forget to keep yourself warm as it’s quite cold and humid when you walk along the river.
5.08 months ago
Beautiful place to visit.
You can drive along the valley and stop by the road at each point, get off take a few photos and continue the drive.
If you don’t have a car there are bus stops as well.
It’s on the route to lake towada, and you need an hour to view the entire valley, after a few spots you get the point.
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Oirase Stream flows about 14 kilometers from Lake Towada, along the floor of the Oirase gorge. It meanders through over a dozen of cascading waterfalls and trees which turn their colors into a fresh green in summer time and vibrant col...
Oirase Stream flows about 14 kilometers from Lake Towada, along the floor of the Oirase gorge. It meanders through over a dozen of cascading waterfalls and trees which turn their colors into a fresh green in summer time and vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow from mid-October through early November. This makes Oirase Stream one the most popular destinations to see Autumn-color in Japan. There is a 9Km trail along the stream so you can walk around or rent a bicycle to pedal through a lush forest. I really enjoy coming here because I can feel peaceful and calm mind surrounded by the nature.