Hike along Oirase Mountain Stream near Misawa Air Base

Photos by Yoshihito Morita, Stripes Japan
Photos by Yoshihito Morita, Stripes Japan

Hike along Oirase Mountain Stream near Misawa Air Base

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

With superb scenic views made up of pristine forest in autumn colors and crystal-clear waters, the Oirase Mountain Stream is known as one of the most beautiful areas in Japan. It is especially famous for its brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange around late October through early November.

You’ll find this picture-perfect fall location in the central mountainous region of Aomori Pref., about a one-hour drive from Misawa AB.

Although the Towada Tourist’s Bureau suggests taking on a 4 to 5 hour of hike long the 8-mile gorge to get the best views of the stream, you can also enjoy it with a drive (which is also easier on the knees!).

If you do choose to hike along the stream, there are buses that run alongside that are available should the weather turn.

Despite its location in the pristine forest of white cedar, beech and maple trees, well-paved roads run along the stream. The smooth ride went along well with the picturesque mountain stream of greenish water and white splashing in the forest of gorgeous autumn colors.

Getting out to enjoy the change of the seasons and the relaxing sounds of the water sound like a great way to spend a nice fall day.

Oirase Moutain Stream
Location: 11-12 Tochikubo, Oirase, Towada City, Aomori Prefecture
Tel: 0176-74-1121 (Oirase Tourist Center)

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