First stop off the Tsugaru pass which has a lookout with a magnifient view of the Shirakami Sanchi.
|A confusing map - the Japan Sea is on the west of Japan . Like many maps in Japan it is oriented|
to where one is looking at it from.
The buses between Hirosaki and the Tsugaru Pass
are not very frequent and for a very limited season only - June-Nov.
|Mountain Vegetable 1 - The flower of the udo - broken in half the leaf |
smells just like the vegetable.
http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~tomi-yasu/recipe/104_e.html A recipe for udo
Mountain vegetable 2 zenmai - this is translated as something like bracken fern in
English... Its totally different from my image which was more like a maidenhead fern
http://www.nibblekibble.com/archives/000320.php This has a recipe for using zenmai
similar to but not as interesting as zenmai can be.
|Very jungle like.|
UNESCO's information on Shirakami: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/663
JNTO's information on Shirakami http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/scenic/worldheritage/c_2_shirakami.html