Spots in Towada / Oirase Area

  • Oirase Stream
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    4.5
    1017 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    "Oirase Stream can be reached by a JR Bus service from JR Shin-Aomori Station; the journey takes around two hours. It is one of the most scenic places in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park; the river flows out from Lake Towada through the gorge for a distance of around 14 kilometers, from Nenokuchi to Yakeyama, with a road and a footpath all the way along, making it easy for visitors to experience the gorge's wonderful natural scenery. There are many ""must-see's"" in the area, including the Ashura Rapids, which are one of the Oirase Stream's best-known sights, and Choshi-otaki Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in the gorge. Visitors can see the new spring greenery in May-June, and view the autumn foliage in mid to late October; the winter scenery, when the ground is covered with snow, is also very beautiful."

    Generally speaking, the Oirase Stream is hard to access by public transport during winter due to road closure, but the winter sight is awesome which is something I realy wanted to see. So I joined...

  • Guriland
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    5.0
    198 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse Towadakohanutarube 123-1
    This is a boat touring adventure outfit along the TowadaRoadin Utarube, Towadakohan, Okuse, Towada City. The boats tour the nature preserve areas of Lake Towada where one can enjoy seeing the ItomukaCove,ancient ruins, and wildlife all from atop a powerboat.

    ネットで偶然見かけ、早速10月20日日曜日に参加しました。三沢空港から、車で1時間半で行けます。アクティビティはとても楽しく、個人では、中々行けないスポットを約50分かけてRIBで回ります。次回は夏にまた参加したいな。オススメは晴れた日に!きっと気にいるはず。 I happen to find this activity in internet then booked it in 20Th...

  • Towada-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    127 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    Along with Osore-zan (on the Shimokita Peninsula), Towada-jinja Shrine is believed to be a sacred ground in shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts). As Tohoku’s leading power spot, it is also called “Uranaiba” since one’s fortune can be told here. Legend has it that if you make a wish and cast the “oyori-gami” paper that you received at the shrine into the lake, your wish will come true if the paper sinks down into the water.

    It was really cold during winter but we enjoyed the atmosphere! Go if you make your stop at Towada Lake!

  • Ishigedo Rest Area
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    4.0
    122 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Mr. Sonobeama 1
    A facility which serves as a base for people walking along Oirase Stream. In addition to a restaurant offering soba and udon noodles, ramen, and other light meals, there's also a shop, rental cycles, and a visitor center here.

    Its an important rest area as most people will choose to end their trip here. It provides excellent tourist facilities, plus easy walk to nearby sights. Saw some elderly tourists with some levels of...

  • Tsuta Onsen
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    4.5
    54 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Tenno 1
    A hot spring bath facility and inn surrounded by beech forest standing halfway up Minami Hakkoda. The facility was famously greatly loved by literary master Keigetsu Omachi; the Keigetsu no Ma room, situated a small distance away from the other guest rooms, is appointed in style appropriate to the man serving as its namesake. The facility's baths can be used by non-guests as well, including, with an advance reservation, the private baths.

    츠타누마에서도 가깝고, 오이라세계류에서도 가까운 료칸 입니다. 료칸이라기엔 다소 소박합니다만, 어쨌든 이 주위에서는 괜찮은 축에 드는 숙소 입니다. 온천도 좋고, 인근에 츠타누마의 경치도 좋기 때문에 아침 산책하기에도 좋습니다.

  • Roadside Station Oirase / Oirase Roman Park
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    3.5
    68 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Sekimichi 39-1
    Towadako Town has many scenic locations, including Mt. Hakkodasan, Oirase Gorge, and Lake Towada. This roadside station serves as a base for sightseeing activities in the area. The station's Shikisai-kan hall sells local specialty products. You can enjoy Lake Towada Japanese beef in the Mirai-kan hall, and local beers in the Oirase Bakushu-kan. Signature dairy products are sold in the Miraku Kobo building. The station also has parking which can accommodate large vehicles. Be sure to stop by when travelling through the area.

    What a great little rest stop this is. We stopped when our bus pulled in on the way to Lake Towada from Hachinohe. We didnt actually look at the gift shops, but the kids loved the fact there was a...

  • Oirase Stream Museum
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Tochikubo 183
    The Oirase Stream Museum is a roadside station-like facility located on the Towada Highway. It has a coffee shop and snack area, a souvenir shop, and an area where you can learn all about the natural splendor of Towada Hachimantai. Electric bikes are available to rent and can be used to explore the surrounding area.

    오이라세계류의 초입인 호시노리조트 지척에 위치하고 있는 박물관 입니다. 오이라세계류에 대해 알기 쉽게 잘 전시해 놓았습니다. 오이라세계류에서 용출된 용천수로 내리는 커피를 맛볼 수 있습니다.

  • Roadside Station Towada Towadapia
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Dempouji Tairakubo 37-2
    A roadside restaurant which sells local specialty products and which also has a restaurant where you can enjoy Towada soba noodles and other local tastes. Particularly recommended is the signature No Ice Cream, made with Towada-grown Osuzu soybeans and Masshigura rice. In the station's studio, you can try your hand at making traditional crafts such as Nanbu sakiori textiles.

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで旅した際に立ち寄りました。とても大きな道の駅ですね。cafeなどもあって旅のリフレッシュには良さそう。野菜やお土産物なども充実していました。

  • Oirase Stream Gifts & Restaurant
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Tochikubo 11-12
    A souvenir shop and restaurant located at the entrance to Oirase Gorge. As well as the Oirase Garden restaurant which serves food using ingredients from Aomori and the shop which sells Aomori souvenirs, there is a small market which sells seasonal fruit and vegetables making it the perfect place for all the things you’ll need on a stroll along the mountain stream.

    The gift shop Keiryu-no-Eki is located in the middle of Oirase Stream near to the Resort Hotel. In front of the shop are the JR bus stops to both Towada or Aomori direction. Inside the shop, there...

  • Towada Art Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Nishinibanchou 10-9
    Located on Kanchogai-dori Avenue in Towada City, the Towada Art Center exhibits the artistic works of internationally-renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama and Ron Mueck. Intended to be a “facility for providing new experiences through art”, this center functions as a central pillar for the “Arts Towada Project” to make all of Kanchogai-dori Avenue function like a big art museum. It includes a café and activity spaces, offering chances to revitalize Towada City as an art town.
  • Oirase Yusui-kan
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse Tochikubo 182
    The virgin beech forest in Oirase has undergone countless seasons since it took root long, long ago. The forest also cultivates and is the source of the famed waters of Oirase. And in this facility, visitors can fully experience the wonders of the source waters of Oirase. In the factory on the first floor, visitors can watch as these delicious waters are bottled unadulterated for people everywhere to enjoy.

    適度にミネラルを含むおいしい奥入瀬源流水をボトル詰めしている機械などが拝見でしました。また、カフェもあって、奥入瀬源流水を使った飲み物がいただけます。

  • Agurinosato Oirase
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Kamikitagunoirasechou Mukaiyamahigashi 2-2-1684
    A tourist-oriented farm which sells fresh vegetables and specialty products primarily from farmers in the south of Aomori Prefecture. Visitors can pick strawberries and tropical fruits here year round. The facility also has a popular natural hot spring foot bath. In addition, Hyakka Ryosai, a buffet-style restaurant, is also located on the grounds.

    This place is great to get veggies and fruits versus on base. It is very affordable and they have a great variety. There is also a petting zoo and a restaurant, which we didnt try. We spent about...

  • Lake Towada
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    A lake which straddles Towada City, Aomori Prefecture and Kosaka Town, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. 46 kilometers in diameter, this caldera lake was formed through volcanic activity. With a maximum depth of 327 meters, it is the third deepest lake in Japan. On its east side, the lake drains into the Oirase River and the area has been designated a Natural Monument as well as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty under the title “Lake Towada and Oirase Stream.” Here visitors can enjoy seasonal natural scenery, including fresh verdure in summer and fall foliage in autumn. Kokanee salmon are also raised in the lake and during fishing season many people come here to fish.
  • Roadside Station Rokunohe
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Transportation
    Aomori Pref. Kamikitagunrokunohemachi Inuotose Ushiroda 87
    This roadside station is notable for the Former Tomabechi Residence, an old, thatched roof Japanese-style home standing on the station's grounds which has been restored and which is designated an Important Cultural Property by the town. The station has a shop selling local town specialty products and farm-fresh produce, a restaurant where you can enjoy dishes made with Rokunohe Town-grown vegetables, and a facility which engages in research and demonstrations regarding agricultural and livestock processing. At the research facility, anyone can try making their own original processed foods using agricultural products. Application required.

    旧苫米地家住宅があります✨日本の文化、建築物に触れるいい機会だと思います✨今の家にはない季節感を感じる居心地を味わえます♫ふれあいセンターでは地域ならではの食材が並び✨明るい叔母様達が出迎えてくれます✨お食事処もありますのでリーズナブルに活用できます✨

  • Nitobe Memorial Museum (Taisozuka)
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Towada-shi Higashi 3 Bancho 24-1
    "This museum was founded by Inazo Nitobe, an international representative of Japan. Through the reclamation materials of Sanbongihara, the roots of Towada City, and the Nitobe family armor exhibition, along with his mementos, you can get to know the spiritual origin of ""Bushido"" relayed to the world by Inazo."

    現在、耐震強度不足を理由に十和田市から閉館させられていますが、受付で尋ねるととても親切に案内してくださいます。 資料館では十和田の開拓史についての資料や新渡戸稲造氏の直筆の書、イサムノグチが夫人へ贈ったレリーフ等々貴重な品々を見ることができます。これら所蔵品はユネスコの未来遺産に登録もされていますが、十和田市の資料では紹介されていないそうです。新渡戸稲造氏はかつて貴族院議員を務めたり国際的に活躍...

  • Lake Towada Pleasure Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    The peninsula and cliffs of Lake Towada, as well as the wonderful natural scenery can all be enjoyed from this sightseeing boat cruise. There are two cruises available, the A course departing Yasumiya dock to Nenokuchi, and the B course which departs from Yasumiya, travels around the Nakayama Peninsula and back to Yasumiya dock again. The Oirase Gorge, covered in natural forest land, is designated as a Natural Monument, and this natural beauty can be enjoyed from the comfort of the cruise boat.
  • Namiki Hand-made Gelato
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    4.5
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Kamikitagunshichinohemachi Tatenogashira 69
    This gelato is hand-made each day from the rich milk of the Jersey cows reared freely and milked each morning on the shop’s farm. Seasonal fruit and vegetable flavors are particularly popular. The shop only uses its own home-grown fresh vegetables and local produce and offers limited availability and seasonal menus. Limited availability items may become unavailable once they have sold out so if you find a flavor you like, you had better go for it! It is around 17 minutes by car from Kamikitacho Station on the Aoimori Railway.

    Thye always have interesting seasonal flavors, and my kids think it’s neat to play on the tractors out front.

  • Craft Shop Yuzuriha
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya 486
    Craft Shop Yuzuriha is located in Okuse Towadakohan Yasumiya, Towada City, and sells handicrafts. The shop handles handmade crafts collected from around the Tohoku region based on the concept of what you can use in your daily life. There are over 1,000 items on display in the shop and they often hold exhibitions in other prefectures too.

    東北のクラフト製品がセンス良く並べてあります。曲げわっぱやこぎん刺しなど、気になるアイテムがいっぱい。お気に入りを見つけて、暮らしに加えたいです。

  • Towada Shokudo
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya 486
    Located on the shore of Lake Towada, this Japanese diner serves regional dishes made with kokanee landlocked salmon from the lake, noodle dishes, rice bowls, the restaurant's own apple pie, and more. Emphasizing freshness in its kokanee, the restaurant's kokanee sashimi, made with fish caught that day, is wonderfully taste. Depending on the day's catch, the restaurant may run out of stock early.

    十和田湖に行ったときの昼食に利用しました。午後1時頃でしたが、かなり混んでいて、30分待ちでした。十和田市名物のバラヤキをいただきました。タマネギと牛肉を甘辛いタレで、その場で焼いて食べました。タマネギと牛肉の相性が良く、食が進みました。

  • Komakko Land
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Towada-shi Fukamochi Umeyama 1-1
    This park is located along Prefectural Route 118 in Umeyama,Fukamochi, Towada City. In this expansive park there are playground structures and one big giant 28.5 foot high horse structure called Uma. Children can enjoy hand-led horse rides, carriage rides, and feeding the horses outdoors in the KomakkoFarm. At the Shotokukan museum, the history of the horse breeding in the southern region and other equine culture materials and artifacts are displayed. A rest area with light fare adjoins the facility.

    馬に特化したマニアックな郷土館です。乗馬シュミレーションなど子供も楽しめる設備がありますが、基本的には郷土館といった趣です。市の中心部からはかなり遠く、道もカーブが多い坂道なので気軽に行くには難易度高し。

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Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori's fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.

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