Aoike(Blue Pond), one of the twelve lake at the entrance of the Shirakami Mountains is filled with mysterious blue water that you can not forget ever once you see it. Beautiful water filtered by rain water that penetrated beech trees pours to Aoike, but the reason for this strange blue color is enveloped in mystery.
Expectations and excitement will rise up at the entrance of the Shirakami Skyline which is open only for a limited period of the year.
Going north along the Aka-Ishi River as the final driving adventure of the Shirakami-Line, the forest road leading to the "Kurokuma Falls" is a terrible rough road and your car will not run unless the lowest vehicle's height is over 20 cm. However, when I got off the car and walked down the mountain path and came to the waterfall, there was a scene of another world that made me feel quite refreshed.
From the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway "Honjo" drive a little east to Line 107, there is a sign for "Ishizawa Gate Otaki Entrance" on the left. Ishizawa Otaki sounding a roaring sound in a dark gray valley takes visitors into a world of subtly echoing feeling.
When you get off at Matsugas-aki Kameda on the Japan Sea Tohoku Expressway(South Akita) and run a little east on the prefectural road 341, there is a road leading to the waterfall on the left side. The "white cloth" pertaining to columnar joints of basalt" at 25 meters in height is an elegant waterfall.