Located on the border between Akita Prefecture and Aomori Prefecture, and within Towada-Hachiman-tai National Park, Lake Towada is a scenic spot that represents the Tohoku Region. Lake Towada occupies the caldera of an active volcano, where large scale volcanic eruptions occurred approximately several millions ago. The lake is located 400 m above the sea level. The lake is surrounded by Ohanabe-yama, Towada-yama and Towari-yama mountains that are 600-1000 m high, and provide great views throughout the four seasons. In May and June there is fresh greenery, and in late October enjoy the autumn foliage. Also a lot of tourists come to see mountain cherry blossoms. The circumference of the lake is 46 km, and it takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive around it.
The best spot to start off the trip around Lake Towada is the rest house on the southern bank. This is the liveliest area with various shops and restaurants. Starting from here, you can see the famous Ryogoku-bashi bridge, "The Girl Statue" by famous sculptor Takamura Kotaro, and the 100 year old Towada shrine. Towada Lake pleasure boats also sail from here, so you can enjoy a cruise. Besides that, be sure to try local delicacies such as red salmon and pond smelt. Towada Lake pork barbecue cooked with onions and soy sauce is also a must try local specialty.
From JR Shin-Aomori Station, take JR bus to "Yasumiya". It takes approximately 3 hours and 10 min to 4 hours to arrive (Service suspended in winter).
Image Gallery: Towada-ko Lake
Description: Towada-ko Lake
|Sights||Towada-ko Lake (十和田湖)|
Okuse, Towada-shi, Aomori
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0176-75-2425|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Towada-ko Lake