Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
News
-
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Aomori - Towada
Oirase Stream 
# 2   of 5 most visited
sights in Lake Towada

jump to:   access  -  ratings  -  links

Oirase Stream (奥入瀬渓流, Oirase Keiryū) is a picturesque mountain stream in Aomori Prefecture that is one of Japan's most famous and popular autumn colors destinations. The stream flows along the floor of the Oirase Gorge, winding among trees which, while a lush green in spring and summer, turn brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange from late October through early November. Over a dozen waterfalls cascade down into the stream all along its length from the walls of the gorge.

Oirase Stream is the only outlet draining Lake Towada. It starts at Nenokuchi where there is a bus stop and a boat pier with connections to nearby Yasumiya Town. An easy-to-walk hiking trail leads along the most scenic, upper passage of the stream between Nenokuchi and Ishigedo, with many bridges, waterfalls and bus stops along the way. The trail is about 9 kilometers long and takes about 2.5 hours to walk one way.

Unfortunately for hikers, a busy road runs alongside the Oirase Stream, often crisscrossing the stream and hiking trail. This can be a distraction from the natural surroundings, although the traffic noise is somewhat overpowered by the rushing stream and absorbed into the forest. At the same time, the buses that travel on this route provide convenient transportation along the stream and an escape from bad weather.

Many cars and tour buses travel through here, and there is a good view of much of the stream from the road. It has become so congested in recent years, though, that it is now closed to cars on certain days during the peak tourist season in autumn. Free parking is available in Yasumiya and Yakeyama.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
The Oirase hiking trail runs between Nenokuchi and Ishigedo with multiple bus stops along the way. The hike can be made in either direction, utilizing buses for the return journey.

There is roughly one bus per hour between Yasumiya (Towadako bus stop) and either Aomori City (165 minutes, 3090 yen) or Hachinohe (135 minutes, 2670 yen). The buses run along Oirase Stream, serving all the bus stops along the hiking trail, including Nenokuchi and Ishigedo.

Boat connections between Nenokuchi and Yasumiya were discontinued in 2014.

How to get to and around Towada

Advertisement

User Ratings
Ratings for Oirase Stream:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  outstanding  
User Rating (by 76 users):
91/100
  highly recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 781):
42.  Toshogu Shrine (Nikko)   91/100
43.  Churaumi Aquarium (Okinawa Island)   91/100
44.  Togakushi Shrine (Nagano)   91/100
45.  Rebun Island (Rishiri and Rebun)   91/100
46.  Tokyo DisneySea (Tokyo)   91/100
47.  Oirase Stream (Lake Towada)   91/100
48.  Izumo Taisha (Matsue)   91/100
49.  Ghibli Museum (Tokyo)   91/100
50.  Hiking in Kirishima (Kirishima)   91/100
51.  Kenrokuen (Kanazawa)   91/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 913):
388.  Dogashima (Izu Peninsula)   147
389.  Oharaimachi (Ise Shima)   147
390.  Samurai District (Kakunodate)   145
391.  Lake Motosuko (Fuji Five Lakes)   145
392.  Kagurazaka (Tokyo)   145
393.  Oirase Stream (Lake Towada)   143
394.  Detached Palace (Hakone)   143
395.  Myoshinji Temple (Kyoto)   143
396.  Sakaimachi Street (Otaru)   142
397.  Jidai Matsuri (Kyoto)   142

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
JR Tohoku Bus
Official English website.

Japanese Links
JR Tohoku Bus
Official website.
Towada Lake Excursion Boat
Official website.
Oirase Stream Information
Website by the Oirase Eco Tourism Project Committee.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages

News and Reports
October 30, 2013
Towada Autumn Color Report
by scott
October 31, 2012
Towada Autumn Color Report
by scott
October 27, 2011
Towadako Autumn Color Report
by schauwecker

Related Questions
Lake towada cruise timetable
 9 reactions, last updated 11 days ago
Direct Bus service from Aomori to...
 13 reactions, last updated 25 days ago
Bus schedule at Towadako
 1 reaction, last updated 41 days ago
Alt to Towadako boat? (from Nenokuchi)
 1 reaction, last updated 50 days ago
2 day car trip to Towadako from Morioka
 2 reactions, last updated 78 days ago
JR bus to Oirase Stream and Lake Towada
 2 reactions, last updated 102 days ago
Ferry timetable from Nenokuchi to...
 1 reaction, last updated 104 days ago
Bus schedule from hachinohe to towadako
 1 reaction, last updated 104 days ago
Oirase hiking. Start a Ishigedo or...
 3 reactions, last updated 130 days ago
JR bus (30 April 14), Aomori to Lake...
 2 reactions, last updated 150 days ago
Sightseeing bus from Lake Towada
 9 reactions, last updated 218 days ago
Oirase stream hiking & staying questions
 9 reactions, last updated 284 days ago
Bus terminal in Hachinohe
 4 reactions, last updated 324 days ago
Tohoku Bus
 4 reactions, last updated 339 days ago
Nenokuchi Accommodations
 7 reactions, last updated 348 days ago
Nyuto Onsen to Oirase Stream
 2 reactions, last updated 351 days ago
Lake towada
 1 reaction, last updated 382 days ago
Towadako bus stop location
 4 reactions, last updated 390 days ago
Weather in late November at Oirase Stream...
 1 reaction, last updated 414 days ago
JR Tohoku bus + Towadako cruise
 4 reactions, last updated 483 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: May 30, 2014
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - 広告について - advertising