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Autumn Color Report 2014
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2014/10/20 - Towada Report
by raina

View of Oirase stream from Nenokuchi

Today I visited Lake Towada and the Oirase stream in the Tohoku Region. Located way up in the northern most part of the region, Lake Towada straddles the border between Akita and Aomori prefectures, and is the largest caldera lake in Japan.

This famous autumn color spot lies along a beautiful forested gorge on the east side of Lake Towada. Visitors can walk along Oirase stream on a nine kilometer trail that runs along the stream; it is an easy and enjoyable hike through nature and visitors can enjoy the scenery of the forest and see several waterfalls along the way that cascade down from the 20 meter high gorge walls that tower above the stream.

I drove towards my first stop, Lake Towada from Hachinohe Station. While it was bright and sunny on the train, the skies became overcast the closer I got to my destination. It was also windy and most people were dressed warmly and those who were underprepared were visibly cold. I was glad that I brought warmer clothes on this trip.

I took the bus from Towadako to Makadobashi and began my walk towards Nenokuchi. There are infrequent buses from Hachinohe Station to Lake Towada and Oirase stream and while not impossible by public transit, getting around by rental car is by far more convenient. The autumn colors around Oirase stream are usually best from late October to early November. Today the colors at Lake Towada and Oirase Stream look like they are at their peak lots of nice yellow, orange and brown leaves. Like most of the autumn color reports this year, the colors are about a week early than average. Depending on which part of the trail you are on, some places are greener while other places are covered in yellow and brown leaves.

There were lots of photographers with tripods here
Maple leaves against the overcast sky
Along the stream one
Yellow maples blocking my view of the trail
Along the stream two
Old men painting the scenery
More photographers here taking pictures of the rapids
Large groups of tourists at Choshi falls
Stream between the trees
Part of the trail
Fallen leaves on moss
A bit of red peeping out from all the green and yellow
Hiking etiquette signs along the trail
Yellow, green and brown leaves along the stream

From Nenokuchi, I took the sightseeing boat back to Yasumiya. I am pleased to report that the sightseeing boat between Nenokuchi and Yasumiya are up and running till November 10. The one way trip costs 1400 yen, and takes about 50 minutes with a Japanese commentary of the scenery along the way. Not only is it a convenient way to get back to Lake Towada, it was a beautiful way to see more autumn colors from the water. The autumn colors along the route are at their peak and most people enjoyed the scenery from inside the boat where it was nice and warm, while a small number braved the cold winds outside for pictures.

I ended my trip with a stop at a viewpoint to get a bird's eye view of Lake Towada. The overcast skies and setting sun provided a romantic view, and trees with yellow-brown leaves lined the road back to Hachinohe.

Saying goodbye to Nenokuchi
Passing another sightseeing boat
Braving the cold winds for pictures
The statue of women from the boat
Swan boats in a row
Passengers getting off the boat
Orangey leaves near the shoreline
Walking along the shoreline
Curled up leaves
Close up of the statue of the women
View of the lake from the top

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List of Posts:
2014/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2014/12/04 - Kanazawa Report
2014/12/03 - Kyoto Report
2014/12/02 - Kamakura Report
2014/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/26 - Nara Report
2014/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/21 - Osaka Report
2014/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/19 - Korankei Report
2014/11/18 - Miyajima Report
2014/11/18 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Himeji Report
2014/11/13 - Fuji Report
2014/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/12 - Eiheiji Report
2014/11/11 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/07 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/06 - Yamadera Report
2014/11/04 - Fuji Report
2014/11/04 - Hakone Report
2014/10/31 - Karuizawa Report
2014/10/29 - Shima Onsen Report
2014/10/24 - Fuji Report
2014/10/21 - Bandai Report
2014/10/21 - Nikko Report
2014/10/20 - Towada Report
2014/10/16 - Tateyama Report
2014/10/15 - Kurikoma Report
2014/10/08 - Nasu Report
2014/10/07 - Nikko Report
2014/10/01 - Oze Report
2014/09/29 - Tateyama Report
2014/09/26 - Nikko Report
2014/09/19 - Tokachidake Report
2014/09/18 - Kurodake Report
2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report

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