Trip to Aomori Part 1 – Hiking along the Oirase River

About a month ago, I took a trip to Aomori, a northern region in Japan, with my folks simply to enjoy nature. Living in Tokyo is seriously convenient, but at times, I do feel the need for some refreshing in a remote area from humans. Aomori proved to be just the place for such healing, and I thought of making this series of posts.

The area we visited in particular are mainly Oirase and Shirakami.

In today’s post I’d like to show you a little bit about the Oirase and the scenery we saw while hiking up its main river.



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The green that I saw there was something unlike any other I have ever seen…

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Along the river where we lodged, there is a magnificent hiking trail that extends for about 5-8 miles.

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As the sunlight pours between the leaves of the trees, it bounces off the surface of the leaves, making the color of the green lighter and more saturated.

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Even the sound of the river adds to the scenery. You can hear it, no?

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As you can see in the photo above, trees and plants are growing on rocks. But do plants usually grow on rocks? Can they? No they cannot.

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The reason why they are able to do so (as the nature guide taught us so), is because vast layers of moss cover the surface of the rocks, thus creating habitable environment even for plants’ roots to grow.

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I have about 300 more photos of pretty much the same thing (trees and the river) but as I am sure that it will get boring (not that it did in real life), I shall end this portion of my Aomori Trip here.

All in all, the Oirase River is a wonderful place to visit if you are in need of nature healing.
In the next post I will talk about our fishing activity we did in the river.

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