When you close your eyes and listen carefully, you will hear the sounds of babbling, the sound of leaf shavings, and the birds’ voices. It is so peaceful and comfortable. A pure sound like a wind chimes that shakes the eardrum cool. You can see the beautiful green tree-tops swaying together in the breeze.
If you breathe in deeply, the clear air that fills each of its constituent molecules with the grace of the forest comes into your chest, and it energizes the cells in the body, and it makes the ears and nose clear, the eyes opened, and the head becomes clearer.
Blood begins to flow smoothly and lightly just like the stream water. Everything is just perfect, a world is peaceful and quiet. All the things will be slowly purified like a gentle crystal.
This is Towada city in southern part of Aomori Prefecture, along the river of the clear stream “Oirasegawa” flowing out from the “Lake Towada”, the 12th largest in Japan, located across Akita Prefecture and Aomori Prefecture.
The water flowing out of the place called “Nenokuchi” of Lake Towada flows slowly through the beautiful forest, and joins the Tsutagawa at 14 kilometers ahead. The flow between this Towada lake “Nenokuchi” and the merging with Tsutagawa is a clear stream known as “Oirase stream”.
The depths of water going through the rich forest is about the ankle of the foot, and I can see many rocks in the streams, and the rocks are moss-covered and have a bright green color. Sometimes the flow changes direction, sometimes it becomes a deep waterfall or a small waterfall, and then it flows gently.
In some places, the river flows like a beautiful calico, in some places the river flows like a thin silk, changing its shape and changing its momentum, and flowing leisurely.
The flow of water is not like a torrent that falls down a mountainous area. It’s like a beautiful fog that softly and gently smiles while playing quietly. While receiving the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, the flow gently strokes the rocks and slips through them.
Afterwards, even without the formless thought of the feeling, only the afterglow of small happiness drifts slightly. The flow like the realization of the ultimate thought, that is the Oirase stream.
Oirase stream in winter
Oirase stream in winter(Japanese)
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Special scenic spots designated by the country and natural monuments. Area integration is Towada Hachimantai National Park.
Oirase stream (Oirase keiryu) DATA
- Location： Okuse, Towada City, Aomori Prefecture
- Transportation (by public transportation)： 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours from JR Hachinohe Station to JR Bus Towada Lake. Get off between Yakiyama and Yasumiya bus stop. / Two hours from JR Aomori station to JR Bus Towada Lake. Get off between Yakiyama and Yasumiya bus stop.
- Transportation （by car）： Aomori IC ~ Sukayu ~ Kasamatsu Pass ~ Yakiyama ~ (Oirase stream) ~ Nenokuchi ~ Utarube ~ Yasumiya
- Period： All year (From December until mid April, drive carefully due to snow)
- Phone： 0176-75-2425