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Lake Towada (Towadako) 
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Lake Towada (\ac, Towadako) is the largest caldera lake on Honshu, Japan's main island. It is characterized by two large peninsulas, which extend nearly a third of the way across the lake. Towadako is a popular autumn colors destination, especially along the Oirase Stream at the lake's eastern shore, one of Japan's most famous spots to see autumn foliage.

Lake Towada is surrounded by a steep, forested caldera rim that rises several hundred meters above the lake's surface. Towadako's shores remain largely undeveloped with the exception of the small town of Yasumiya. Besides serving as a transportation hub, Yasumiya offers a few minor attractions, including the Towada Shrine, a small nature museum, and a statue depicting young Tohoku women, installed to commemorate the area's designation as a national park.

Towada Shrine
Statue of young women

The best way to see the lake is by sightseeing boats, which offer close up views of the peninsulas that are otherwise difficult to see. Two companies operate boats along two different courses: a circular course that starts and ends in Yasumiya and a connection between Yasumiya and Nenokuchi. Both cruises take about 50 minutes and do not operate during winter. See more details in the admission section below.

Alternatively, a road leads around the lake with several observation decks and panoramic views along the way. A rental car is required to circle the lake entirely, because buses operate only between Yasumiya and Nenokuchi, before running down along the Oirase Stream and then continuing to either Aomori or Hachinohe.

Ferry cruise
The lake's northwestern observation deck

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Hours and Fees
Roundtrip Sightseeing Boats
Hours:Departures every 30-60 minutes from around 8:00 to around 16:00
Closed:December to mid April
Admission:1440 yen

Yasumiya-Nenokuchi Boats
Hours:Departures every 60-90 minutes
Closed:From November 11, 2014; operation dates for 2015 unknown
Admission:1400 yen one way (plus 500 yen for a first-class seat)

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Japanese Links
Towada Lake Excursion Boat
Official website of the boat operator that runs the roundtrip course.
Ringo Mark Sightseeing Boats
Official website of the boat operator that runs the Yasumiya-Nenokuchi course.

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October 20, 2014
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