Oirase Gorge (Aomori pref.)
Oirase Gorge is a well-known picturesque mountain stream that runs 14km between Nenokuchi on the shore of Towada-ko (Lake Towada) and Yakeyama at the foot of Mt. Hakkoda. The crystal-clear Oirase River flows mostly parallel to the road through beautiful virgin forest rich in variety, containing white cedar, Japanese beech, and maple trees. A number of icy rapids and plunging waterfalls add to the beauty of the place.