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Shirakami Sanchi (Shirakami Mountains)

  • 61–1 Kanda Tashiro, Nishimeya-mura, Nakatsugaru-gun Map It
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Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

South of Mt. Iwaki are the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the world's largest virgin beech forest. The area is truly pristine and great for hiking. If you don't have a car, take the Konan bus from JR Hirosaki Station bound for Tsugaru Touge, getting off at Aqua Green Village, Anmon (90 minutes). If you want to see the Mother Tree—the forest's largest, and presumably oldest tree—get off at the last stop, Tsugaru Toge (2 hours, 10 minutes); the tree is a five-minute walk from there. Only a few buses run daily, so check the schedule in advance, and note that the road beyond Aqua Green Village only opens around July each year.

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61–1 Kanda Tashiro, Nishimeya-mura, Nakatsugaru-gun, , Aomori-ken, 036-1411, Japan

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0172-85–2810-Shirakami Visitor Center

Published 12/10/2015


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