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  • Towada Art Center
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    4.5
    215 Reviews
    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.

    This gallery was a real highlight in our journey on this particular day. I love collections that are not overwhelming in their scope and scale and the modern art on display here is top quality and...

  • Oirase Stream
    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."
  • 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.
  • Otome no Zo Statue
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
    This is a statue of two young women facing each other at Gozengahama beach in Towadakohan Yasumiya. The final work of artist Kotaro Takamura, it was completed in 1953 and has become a symbol of Lake Towada.
  • Lake Towada Pleasure Boat
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    4.0
    99 Reviews
    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.

    A very relaxing and rejuvenating ride for about 40 min. In this small ferry. If you stand outside the back you can smell a slight smoke from the ship althought nice to take pics there also. This 3...

  • Ohanabeyama Observatory
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Shirabezan National Forest 68 Forest Team
    Located at an elevation of 1,011 meters, the Ohanabeyama Observatory is the highest observation deck in Lake Towada. The observatory overlooks the whole of Lake Towada and, if the weather conditions are right, the skylines of Mt. Iwate and Hachimantai City can also be seen from this vantage point.

    We driven all the way up to Mt. Ohanabe. Its all mountainous road and very curvy. The road are well maintained. The drive was pleasant however we did not manage to see anything as it was heavily...

  • Kanko-dai deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Unit bar national forest 64 Forest group
    This is an observation platform along the National Route offering a view of the Lake Towada banks. The 583 meter elevation offers a lovely, one-of-a-kind view of both the Mikura and Nakayama Peninsulas embracing Lake Towada.
  • Oirase Stream Gifts & Restaurant
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    3.5
    19 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.

    This restaurant is just beside Hoshino Resort at Oirase stream. We chanced upon it for lunch on our drive to Lake Towada from Aomori. We had beef sukiyaki and it’s quite ok. Price is reasonable. You...

  • Oirase Stream Museum
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    3.5
    25 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.

    奥入瀬渓流の散策はとても楽しいです。 できればこの奥入瀬渓流館で全体像を把握してから散策を始めることがお勧めです。 渓流の見どころも把握できますし、どのような生い立ちでこの奥入瀬が形成されたかも分かりやすく解説されています、 所要時間は20分もあれば十分ですし、トイレを済ませることも可能です。 また、ここから出発すると下流から歩く形になるので、景観も綺麗です。上りになるからといって、行程の負担は...

  • Craft Shop Yuzuriha
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    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.
  • Towada Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya 486
    The Towada Visitor Center introduces the rich natural environment and wildlife of the Towada and Hachimantai regions that comprise Towada-Hachimantai National Park, which was designated a national park in 1936. In addition to providing information on tourist locations, there are also exhibits on the formation of the lake and models of wild birds, and visitors can also view the center’s video productions and DVDs.
  • Shiraito Falls (Aomori)
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse Oirase
    This is a beautiful place on the Oirase Valley where the water falls like white thread. The bitter cold in winter freezes it, and the resulting icefall is famous. This is truly a place to enjoy the mystery of nature.
  • Ishigedo
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    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    The name Ishigedo means “stone hut” in the local dialect. The stone building, made of massive rocks supported by two Japanese Judas trees, is spoken of in legends as the home of a woman bandit known as Kijin no Omatsu.
  • Tsuta no Nananuma
    Travel / Tourism
    Towada-shi, Aomori-ken
    This is a scenic spot with the seven swamps of Tsutanuma, Kagaminuma, Tsukinuma, Hyoutannuma, Suganuma, Naganuma and Akanuma. Of the seven, only Lake Akanuma is far away, at two kilometers. The other six are essentially connected, and can be seen along the Numameguri no Komichi trail. The full trail is about three kilometers long and a tour of all the lakes takes about an hour. The area is surrounded by a beech forest called the Towada Sea of Trees, so the entire landscape is a thing of beauty.
  • Suiren-numa Swamp
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Houryou
    This swamp got its name because of the Suiren water lilies flourishing here. It’s calm atmosphere and view of the Hakkoda Mountain Range make it an attractive stop, and in the fall leaf season the surface of the water is painted red and yellow with reflections of the nearby trees.
  • Choshi Otaki Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse
    "This famous waterfall, seven meters tall and 20 meters wide, is located on the main branch of Oirase Stream and is the biggest waterfall on the stream. Because the falls' strong flow prevents fish from going upstream and reaching Lake Towada, it is also known as ""Fish-Stopping Falls."" There is a walking path in the area which makes it possible for visitors to get right up next to the falls."
  • Makadoiwa Rock
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    This is a rock cliff beside National Route 102, named one of Japan’s Best Roads, and Oirase, and it was apparently created by volcanic activity in the northern Hakkoda Range. This is a little known spot to take in the scenery of the Oirase Valley, and enjoy its beauty through all four seasons. There’s a bus stop nearby, so it’s easy to reach.
  • Tsutanuma Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Towada-shi, Aomori-ken
    One of the Tsuta Seven Lakes located in Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The Numameguri no Komichi Path Course connects all of the lakes except Akanuma and trail walkers can enjoy the seasonal natural beauty of the area. Visitors are particularly recommended to come during the fall foliage season. The sight of the leaves reflected off the surfaces of the lakes, dying their waters red to match the foliage, is truly spectacular.
  • Ishigedo Rest Area
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    3.5
    98 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.

    It's 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...

  • Kumoino Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Aomori Pref. Towadashi Okuse
    A 20 meter tall waterfall located along Oirase Stream viewed as one of the most scenic locations in the prefecture. Of the waterfalls on Oirase Stream, this one boasts a particularly large water volume, and the sight of the water gushing over steep cliffs to cascade down the three stages of the falls is impressive and moving.

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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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