Mabechi River
Mabechi river.jpg
Mabechi River in Ninohe, Iwate
Native name馬淵川 (Japanese)
Physical characteristics
 • locationSodeyama Plateau, Iwate Prefecture
 • elevation1,215 m (3,986 ft)
MouthHachinohe, Aomori
 • location
Pacific Ocean
 • coordinates
40°32′28″N 141°30′12″E / 40.54111°N 141.50333°E / 40.54111; 141.50333
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length142 km (88 mi)
Basin size2,050 km2 (790 sq mi)
 • average60.88 m3/s (2,150 cu ft/s)
Mabechi River is located in Aomori Prefecture
River mouth
River mouth
Mabechi River (Aomori Prefecture)
Mabechi River is located in Japan
Mabechi River
Mabechi River (Japan)
Ogami Rock overlooking the Basenkyō ravine in Iwate
Ogami Rock overlooking the Basenkyō ravine in Iwate

The Mabechi River (馬淵川, Mabechigawa) is a river located in northern Iwate Prefecture and eastern Aomori Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Honshū in Japan.


The Mabechi River is 142 kilometres (88 mi) long and has a watershed of 2,050 square kilometres (790 sq mi).[1]

The Mabuchi River rises from the Sodeyama Plateau in the Kitakami Mountains of northeastern Iwate Prefecture and flows to the northeast between the Kitakami Mountains and the Ōu Mountains through eastern Aomori Prefecture into the Pacific Ocean at Hachinohe, Aomori. The Port of Hachinohe is located at the mouth of the river. The city of Hachinohe utilises water from the Mabechi River for industrial purposes.[2]


Near the boundary between Ninohe and town of Ichinohe, the river passes through a valley with cliffs, rock formations and pools. Geologically, the surrounding hills are composed of andesite and are the remnants of an ancient submarine volcano. The ravine is flanked by a 280 meter monolithic cliff labelled the Ogami-iwa (男神岩) on one side, and the Megami-iwa (女神岩) on the other. Nearby Mount Torigoe (鳥越山) (371.1 meters) is regarded as a holy mountain, and houses a statue of Kannon Bosatsu in a cave which is an object of pilgrimage. These rock formations and the mountain have been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument since 2006.[3] The area is located within the Oritsume Basenkyō Prefectural Natural Park.[4]

See also



  1. ^ "Mabechigawa" (in Japanese). Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism. 2007. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ Campbell, Allen; Nobel, David S (1993). Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Kodansha. p. 904. ISBN 406205938X.
  3. ^ "男神岩・女神岩・鳥越山". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. ^ "馬仙峡 Basenkyou Basenkyo Gorge". Nippon-Kichi. 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2017.