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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. Sightseeing cruises start and end in Yasumiya. There are 1-2 departures per hour from mid April to mid November, lasting about 50 minutes. A boat connection between Yasumiya and Nenokuchi at the mouth of the Oirase Stream was discontinued in 2014.

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
Sightseeing Boat Cruise
Hours:1-2 departures per hour from around 8:00 to around 16:00
Closed:Mid November to mid April
Admission:1440 yen

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News and Reports
October 30, 2013
Towada Autumn Color Report
by scott
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