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“Nature at your side”

Oirase Mountain Stream
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Towada
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

Did a nature walk along the Oirase river/stream. It was a wet day and a bit muddy and terrain a bit uneven at many parts, but I survived. Better than sweltering hot. Glad I wore my walking boot which kept my feet safe and dry. Heaven for hikers. Invigorating and organic surroundings are good for the soul. Road is one way? So plan accordingly if not on a tour. We did about 1 hour riverside walk but it goes a lot further if you are up to it. If you are with small toddlers be ready to carry them as impossible for stroller. I'm not a hiker but I enjoyed this nature walk very much.

Thank susan t
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Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

This is quite a scenic walk alongside the Oirase river flowing out of lake Towada. The path is easy to walk and there are lots of very scenic spots with rapids, waterfalls etc.

The English info I could find on this place sucked though so here’s a few tips:

1). There’s a JR bus that runs alongside the river with approximately hourly service. It’s free if you have a JR pass and is a good way to get back to where you started. Or to get to the point where you want to start walking.

2) The whole path - from Takeyama to Lake Towada is about 15km. Most of the waterfalls are in the half closest to the lake. So unless you’re looking for a full-day hike you can safely skip the part from Takeyama to Ishigedo. It’s still almost 10 km from Ishigedo to the lake so you can cut it even shorter if you want. Use the bus to skip around.

3) a couple of sites talk about bike rentals. The hiking trail is not bike-friendly so you’ll be sharing a narrow twisty road with cars. It didn’t look like the best sightseeing option to me

4) Walk towards the lake. You’ll see all the major sights better as you approach them rather than having to turn around to look at stuff.

Overall, very scenic, not very strenuous and enjoyable

3  Thank Asterix135
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

Very fresh and interesting forest with stream, walking and enjoying along the oirase stream with a tour guide brings you a special pleasure, many small waterfall with moss-covered rocks, plants in fresh air. There are 4 stops if your ride a shuttle bus provided by oirase keiryu hotel or easily go by self driving...... The walking distance from last stop to hotel around 7Km it's may take 2hrs ++............happy enjoy

Thank Peiee
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

Go hiking and breath the fresh air were the best things to do with this river! You will see thousands of kinds of plants along the river side.

Thank Helen L
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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

It is a fantastic trekking route at approx. 14km for 1-day exercise with a variety of streams, waterfalls, plants.

1  Thank Sheila L
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