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Shirakami Sanchi is the name of the extensive mountain region which covers an area of 130,000 hectares spreading between Aomori and Akita prefecture. The core area of 160,971 hectares (120,627 hectare on Aomori side) is designated as the first World Natural Heritage in Japan in December 1993. In this area, there is a world-class beech forest which has not had any human influence. Scholastically precious animals and plants such as black woodpecker and golden eagle which are designated as national natural monuments live here. There is a walking course, so prepare your equipment and enjoy the majesty of nature.
- 61-1 Kanda Tashiro, Nishimeya-mura, Nakatsugaru-gun, Aomori
- Contact No.
- 55-min bus ride from Hirosaki Station on JR, followed by a minute's walk from Shirakami Sanchi visitor center Bus Stop
- Official Website
- Time Required
- One day
- Admission fee
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Primeval forest of beech, which has existed for 8,000 years
The geological survey estimates the forest of beech has existed since approximately 8,000 years ago in Shirakami Sanchi. Various plants live together in one of the biggest primeval forests of beech in the world which is 1,000 to 1,200 meters above sea level.
Anmon no Taki: scenic beauty where many tourists visit
Anmon no Taki, which literally means waterfall from a dark gate, is one of the highlights. This waterfall contains three levels including a 42-meter drop on the first level. The trekking course is 3 kilometers one way and it takes two and half hours for a round trip. Although the road to the starting point is paved, you will go up many stairs and walk on the river side, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
Ao-ike: a pond of mystery
Ao-ike is one of the lakes of Juniko, twelve lakes, located in the west of Aomori side. It looks like blue ink was poured into the lake. The reason for the color is still unknown. The clean and mysterious Ao-ike is a very popular spot. The season from spring to summer is especially beautiful.