Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Hakkōda Mountains


The Picturesque Ponds between Sukayu Onsen and Tsuta Onsen

The famous Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada are probably the mainstream destinations of Aomori Prefecture. But if you just take the JR bus from JR Aomori Station straight to Yakeyama (the entrance of Oirase Gorge), you are missing quite a few scenic ponds!


Yakeyama – The Entrance of the Stunning Oirase Gorge

Yakeyama area (焼山) is said to be the entrance to Oirase Gorge (or the goal if you are coming from Lake Towada). As a base for visitors to rejuvenate from hiking and trekking, the area has a number of restaurants, ryokans/hotels, a ski resort, and even the most temperamental Ginkgo in Japan!