Spots in Lake Towada / Odate Area

  • Hakka Pass Viewing Platform
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Towadako Shipping pass
    A viewing platform located along the Hakka Pass 631 meters above sea level. One of the best viewing platforms in the Lake Towada area, visitors can enjoy picturesque scenery, including of course the magnificent lake as well as Mt. Ohanabe in the Towada caldera and the Hakko Mountain Range. The site also has toilets and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect place to stop for a rest in the middle of a drive.

    Worth visiting though in Western parlance it would be more helpful to refer to it as an Observation Point

  • Kosaka Railroad Railpark
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Furukawa 20-9
    Kosaka Railroad Railpark is a railway theme park developed using a disused railway station. The station originally formed part of a mine railway built to serve the Kosaka Mine, which at one point had a higher annual output than any other mine in Japan. The station buildings appear exactly the same as they did when the railway was still in the use, and carefully-restored locomotives and rolling stock are on display. There are rail-bikes and tourist railcars, enabling visitors to enjoy a unique railway experience. Accommodation is available in the “Blue Train Akebono” sleeper cars parked in the station area.

    本物のディーゼル機関車の運転体験ができます。機関士さんのからマスコンやブレーキの操作法について簡単な実地での説明を受けたら、エンジンを始動。レールパーク行内の線路約100メートルを往復します。なにせ約50トンの従量がある本物のディーゼル機関車だけにマスコンを操作しエンジンが吹き上がるとものすごい迫力を感じます。減速・停止の操作はブレーキをかけてから実際に制動がかかるまでのタイムラグが大きくなかなか...

  • Kosaka Mining Office
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Furudate 48-2
    This is a renaissance style sightseeing facility in Kosaka-machi, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. Once used as the offices for the Kosaka Mine, it was moved and remodeled in 2001. Inside, there are displays of materials from the Kosaka Mine, as well as the Modern Dress Hall, where you can rent dresses and have pictures taken. The building has been designated a National Important Cultural Property and attracts a lot of visitors.

    This old mine office in Kosaka which belong to mining company called DOWA the dedicate to the town to develop to be Kosaka Mine Museum is very beautiful with structure itself. Inside the building...

  • Korakukan
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    44 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Matsunoshita 2
    The National Important Cultural Property designated Korakukan was built in 1910 as a theater in the Meiji period. Kurogo (stage assistants dressed in black) explain the history and characteristics of the playhouse, the stage equipment and the dressing room to visitors, and plays are still performed. There is also a shop and a buckwheat soba noodle restaurant in the hall. Lunch boxes can be ordered three days in advance, so visitors can eat and drink while watching a play at their seats. It is approximately three minutes by car from Kosaka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    I first heard about this theatre on the NHK travel show Journeys in Japan, which - for some reason - made me think superkabuki was a shortened (2 hours) but still serious performance (despite the...

  • Historical Site Osarizawa Mine
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Osarizawa Shishizawa 13-5
    An abandoned mine for the copper mines in Osarizawaaza Shishizawa, Kazuno City with mine deposits discovered in 708, Osarizawa Mine long contributed to Japan’s mining industry until it was closed in 1978, only to be opened to the public as mining ruins. You can try out some gold panning and other programs, you can tour the 1.7 kilometer-long mine. It is a valuable industrial heritage.

    I was staying in Hachinohe for 2 weeks and needed to get out of the house for a bit of a drive. This was perfect. One and a half hours in the car and a bit of a walk about Japans oldest mine. I...

  • Hachimantai Visitor Center
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    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Hachimantai Onuma
    The Hachimantai Visitor Center offers information on Hachimantai and Mt. Iwate, and can be found in Hachimantaira City Matsuo Sakura Park. It displays HD videos, specimen and models related to Hachimantai & Mt. Iwate, resulting in a fun and easy to understand the natural environment, and ecosystem of the area. Closed from early November to late April.

    Came to the Hachimantai Visitor Center, then proceeded inside. Stopped briefly to watch the hot springs, then went to the peak. It was bitterly cold with biting winds at the time we went. Spectacular...

  • Roadside Station Kosaka Nanataki
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    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Uwamuki Fujiwara 35-3
    This roadside station is along Akita Prefectural Route 2 Odate Towada-ko Line. It's fully equipped with restaurants, direct sales areas, large restrooms and a rest station. It's near the Manma Land direct sales facility for local brand Momobuta pork, and convenient to one of Japan's 100 Best Waterfalls, Nanataki. The restaurant and direct sales area are closed from around November to the beginning of April.

    秋田県の大潟から十和田湖へ向かう途中、この道の駅でトイレ休憩。ハチミツ・みかんやブドウなどの産直コーナーの傍らに、フクロウの置物が。もっと近づいて行くと。何と!置物ではなく本物のフクロウだ。若い女性が生活雑貨などを露店で売りながら、このフクロウを連れているのだとか。道路を挟んで向かい側には七滝の看板がある。徒歩で1分くらいで見ごたえがある七滝が見えてくる。水量もまずまず。小橋からの滝の眺めが素晴ら...

  • Hanazen
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Odate-shi Onaricho 1-10-2 (JR Ouu Main Line Odate Ekimae)
    A restaurant and bento box lunch shop located in front of Odate Station in 1-Chome Onari-cho, Odate City. The restaurant serves torimeshi gozen chicken and rice meal which has been extremely popular for years, chazuke served with torimeshi broth, fried rice, chicken donburi rice bowls, and more. The restaurant also sells a variety of bento box lunches such as a torimeshi bento.

    鳥めしが有名で、近年は海外でも高く評価され外国人も多く訪れています。 味付けは昔から変わらず、ほどよく甘みもある炊き込みご飯は、絶品です。 Here is famous Tori-meshi and high evaluation for overseas thats why many forginer coming here. Seasoning not changing from way...

  • Akita Hinaiya Inc., Odate Honten
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Odateshi Omachi 21
    This shop, under the direct management of the Akita Hinaiya Inc., offers customers a taste of Hinai-jidori chicken. The Japanese-modern interior offers a warm, comfortable space for enjoying Hinai-jidori chicken dishes like Tataki (seared) breast, thigh steak, and their original Odate Edamame Gyoza dumplings made with Hinai-jidori chicken and local edamame beans. Their lunch menu includes the chicken and egg Oyakodon rice bowl and a weekly special.

    グループで利用しました。きりたんぽ鍋も親子丼も食べたいというわがままを叶えてくれました。 飲み放題付きで5000円。 〆に親子丼。 かなりの絶品でした。 店員さんも気さくでとても親しみやすく、気分よく飲めました。

  • Oyu Stone Circle
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Towadaoyu Manza 45
    These ancient Jomon Period ruins are in Kazuno City, Akita Prefecture. The Oyu Stone Circles were made with countless pale green stones. Designated a national Special Historic Site, they're a popular tourist destination. The Oyu Stone Circle Hall is also nearby, and displays earthenware and potsherds unearthed from around the circles.

    入口のおじさんが親切に説明してくれた。館内での写真撮影の許可も簡単に出してもらえた。熊避けの電気策の設置についても教えてもらえた。

  • Akitainu Hall
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Odateshi Sannomaru 13-1
    This is a museum founded in 1977 to honor the Akitainu breed of dog located about 15 minutes' walk from Higashi-oodate Station on JR Hanawasen line, in Odate city, Akita prefecture. The third floor hosts the Akitainu History Room with displays of materials on the dogs. From April to November, you can come see the real thing in the kennels.

    The museum is on the third floor of the first building you get to when you cross the red bridge from the park. There’s a fair bit of information about the breed, including a good history of Japan’s...

  • Horumon Koraku Hanawa Main Restaurant
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    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Kazuno-shi Hanawa Sekimukai 5
    "A horumonyaki offal barbecue restaurant located in Hanawa Sekimukai, Kazuno City. The restaurant was opened in 1952. Flavoring its offal with a secret recipe sauce inspired by Korean bulgogi, the restaurant's famous ""horumon nabe,"" provided in jingisukan convex metal skillet (pan) , is known as the progenitor of Kazuno horumon, a popular local style of horumonyaki."

    My wife and I stopped by here after visiting Osarizawa Mine, the local attraction. My wife was hesitant to take me here because she thought I wouldnt like the the meat as it is pig organs, such as...

  • Odate Folk Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Odate-shi Shakanai Shishigamori 1
    A museum in Shishigamori, Shakanai, Odate City. Located in the school building of the former Odate Higashi High School the exhibits relate to local Odate nature, history, folk customs, and industry. There's also the Magewappa Exhibit where they have examples of Magewappa steam bent wood from around the country and in particular Odate as well as the Children's Science Classroom where you can learn about science with hands on lessons.

    タイトル通りです。あまり印象に残っていません。何もないので大館は好きなのですが、逆にそれだけ。ただ、コンビニなどは普通にあるので不便でもないです。

  • Roadside Station Kazuno Antler
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    Akita Kazuno-shi Hanawa Shindenmachi 11-4
    A roadside station located in the almost exact center of the northernmost three prefectures of the Tohoku region. The facility has a restaurant serving kiritanpo toasted mashed rice skewers and other local dishes, a cafeteria serving set meals, and a soba noodle stall, as well as a shop selling local specialty products and a farm fresh shop selling local agricultural products. Classes on making kiritanpo, yosegi-zaiku wood marquetry, and other local dishes and crafts are held here, as well. There’s an exhibit displaying some of the gorgeous floats used in the Hanawabayashi festival, and tourist information is also provided here.
  • Kosaka Town Municipal Museum Kyodokan
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    3 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosaka Nakamaeda 48-1
    Learn about the history of the Kosaka mines at this museum, which has a rich collection of cultural artifacts on display and introduces the history of Lake Towada, the natural scenery of Kosaka Town, and more using graphs, photos, and dioramas. Outdoors, there’s also a steam locomotive guest car that carried Emperors Chichibu no Miya and Takamatsu no Miya. It’s about two minutes by car from the Kosaka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    鉱山のこと、小坂の歴史を知ることはできますが、途中から長井辰男の紹介展示になっていて、その展示がなかなか多い・・もう少し小坂の歴史の方を展示してほしかった。

  • Towadako Marine Blue
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Kazuno-gun Kosakamachi
    A sightseeing cruise dock and cafe along National Route 103 in Yasumitai, Towadako, Kosaka Town, Kazuno County. With a reservation you can take a sightseeing cruise to see Lake Towada. The attached cafe serves apple pie made with Aomori apples as well as sherbet and light meals as you can also enjoy BBQ on the shore of Lake Towada (reservation required).

    Warm apple pie, flaky golden pastry. Also a great view of the lake from the cabin or the lakeside patio.

  • Restaurant Seidokan
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Furudate 9-3
    This shop stands out with its octagonal, high peaked roof and is popular for the large windowed, bright interior. Kosaka was a mining town from the Meiji period well into the Showa era, and Seidokan's popular Kuroko (black ore) Curry keeps that tradition alive. It's topped with a cutlet of Kosaka's own Momobuta pork and is sure to satisfy! The Momobuta Pork Fillet Cutlet meal set and Akita Mibuta Pork Shoulder Cutlet meal set are also very popular.

    We needed a Western style meal for a change and thats what we got. Excellent tasty meal and good service at really rock bottom prices. We were surprised and delighted. Thank yo

  • Hokushu Club
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Odate-shi Saiwaicho 15-6
    A well-established restaurant in Saiwai-cho, Odate City that first opened in 1893. They've been known for their special Kiritanpo (toasted pounded rice skewers) Hot-pot, made with a secret Hinaijidori chicken broth and hand-picked ingredients, ever since their founding and it's currently offered year-round (reservation required). If you'd like to enjoy the flavor of a traditional Japanese restaurant with your family at home, they also offer their Hokushu Club Kiritanpo Set.

    明治二十六年操業の老舗です。昔大館は鉱石や木材の集散地として栄え、いくつも料亭があったそうです。そのころから残る趣のある建物の中で食事をいただけます。初代は「比内鶏きりたんぽ鍋」を完成させた方で、現在5代目。2017年のきりたんぽグランプリを受賞したそうで銀色の大きなきりたんぽ型トロフィー(?)が玄関に飾ってありました。 比内鶏きりたんぽ鍋の味は絶品!比内鶏から出る最高の出汁の味のスープにマイタケ...

  • Shimeitei Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Kazuno-gun
    An observatory platform along the Jukai Line road in Nakanotai, Towakado, Kosaka Town, Kazuno County. It overlooks the Nishinoumi, the western side of the Nakayama Peninsula which juts into Lake Towada, as well as the Yasumiya Port. From here you can see the heart shape of Lake Towada.
  • Salon de Kappo Mifuji
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Kazuno-shi Hanawa Shimohanawa 155-7
    A Japanese restaurant in Shimohanawa, Hanawa, Kazuno City. They serve local specialties and creative cuisine made with local ingredients including kiritanpo, a rice dumpling roasted on a cedar skewer that originated in Kazuno, and a horse meat course meal that's been an enthusiastic favorite for quite some time (reservation required). Along with counter seating and sunken tables they also have a private room that can be reserved.

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Famed for its sake and samurai, Akita prefecture offers quintessential Japanese culture in a non-touristy setting. Alongside the celebrated rice paddies and historical sites of the region lies dramatic natural scenery in the form of the rugged coastline of the Oga Peninsula and the Dakigaeri Gorge, best visited in autumn, when the leaves begin to change color.

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