Taro Okamoto, ‘Mori no Shinwa’ (Myth of the Forest) 1991
Oirase Keiryu River
Season after season, the primeval forests of Oirase have nurtured countless generations of life. Nestled among the ancient trees of this mystical forest, the Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a window to Tohoku’s primordial wilderness.
Oirase Keiryu is a mountain stream wandering 14 kilometers out from Lake Towada. As the seasons change, its rocky banks are framed by new spring foliage and the fiery colors of fall. Oirase Keiryu lies within a national park overflowing with moss-covered rocks, glistening waterfalls and ancient trees. On the pebbled banks of the rapids, quick-footed mountain animals feed on wild mushrooms that dot the trees along the stream.
At the center of the hotel sits a massive bronze fireplace designed by artist Taro Okamoto. The cracking flames illuminate the piece’s carved patterns, bringing back the ancient myths of Tohoku as imagined by Okamoto. Dominating the center of the lounge, the fireplace is the centerpiece of this elegant hotel. Okamoto crafted this fairytale masterwork to convey his deep affection for Oirase, and it is perhaps his greatest masterpiece. The Oirase Keiryu Hotel, and indeed the whole of Tohoku, is a magical place that draws the ancient past into the present.
A waterfall set amidst the verdant greens of the new season
A crackling fire in the central hearth
- Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel
- 231 Tochikubo, Okuse, Towada City, Aomori Prefecture 034-0398
- +81 50 3786 1144
- About 100 minutes by bus from JR Hachinohe Station to Yakeyama Stataion and about 3 minutes by foot.
In Towada-Hachimantai National Park where Oirase Stream is located, there are abundant tours that you can enjoy Okuse in nature, including nature-rich guided tours such as mountain streams, lakes, swamps and beech forests, canoeing and trecking.