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A beautiful, remote, and wild expanse of beach/mixed forest-covered mountains

We flew from Tokyo to Odate-Noshiro airport, rented a small car (quite adequate given that the even... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
Tokyo, Japan
In search of Mother Tree

Shirakami Sanchi, located in Aomori Prefecture, is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

We flew from Tokyo to Odate-Noshiro airport, rented a small car (quite adequate given that the even the remote roads are in excellent shape), and spent 3 days exploring the central/south-western section of the forest (we didn't go over to the Hirosaki/falls area, where we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 31, 2018

Shirakami Sanchi, located in Aomori Prefecture, is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan. Many of Japan's UNESCO sites are regarding to the shrines and temples, but this site is the wilderness of last virgin beech forests where all Japan's beech...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 15, 2015

It is one of world heritages and people are allowed to enter into authorized area only. But the forests are preserved and deep. When I visited "Futatsumori" yesterday, there are some small stones fallen down from the mountain on the car road. Road is very...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank Senayan0129
Reviewed September 16, 2014

It was the beautiful forest and river. The tree was so green, and the river was crystal clear. You can enjoy walking along the river if you like to be in the nature.

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Momoe N
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Bit difficult to summarise the entirety of a large forest in a single review, but I'll try to cover the bits I visited: Rent a car in Hirosaki. There are loads of places that do it - Times, Nipponrentacar, Toyota, Nissan and Oryx. Prices start...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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August 4, 2018|
Response from TokyoRory |
We just spent 3 days driving around in a small car without a problem. There are some rougher gravel roads, but a regular car should do on those as well.
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Juniko or Goshikinuma? (7 Replies)
Hi all, I have to make a choice between Juniko (Shirakami Sanchi) and Goshikinuma (Urabandai). Which would you choose for the autumn foliage and scenery? Thanks in advance!
April 21, 2017|
Response fromWilliam512|
It depends on the time of visit, mid Oct for Juniko (Shirakami Sanchi) and late Oct for Goshiki-Numa. The lake area around Juniko may have a slight edge as autumn foliage season there is said to last till late Oct.
Shirakami Mountains Lodging (1 Replies)
Hi, Does anybody know where to find lodging in the Shirakami Sanchi area? We would like to hike for a few days and stay in the area without rushing back to the city... Thank you Paola
October 04, 2009|