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Lake Towada & Oirase Gorge
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Embrace the natural beauty of the countryside south of Aomori from several scenic lookouts and by riding an aerial tram to the summit of towering Mt. Hakkoda.
Is an approximately 2 hour scenic drive, inland and through the mountains, to Lake Towada. This deep, dual-crater lake formed long ago when the mouth of a volcano caved in following an eruption.
Enjoy an unobstructed panorama from the Hakka-Toge Observation Deck at the southern end of the lake. From this elevated vantage point, you will have a sweeping view across the crystal-clear waters of Lake Towada, to the mountain ridge that forms the edge of the caldera, and far beyond to beautiful Mt. Hakkoda. It will be a sight to behold.
More natural beauty awaits you at Oirase Gorge, which the Oirase River continues to carve through the foothills at the base of Lake Towada. The river’s most dramatic cascades have been colorfully named after their physical characteristics and to recognize local legends. The waterfall names include Bead Curtain, Nine Stairs and Happy Marriage.
Following lunch at a nearby restaurant, you drive toward Mt. Hakkoda, the dormant volcano seen earlier from the Hakka-Toge Observation Deck. You will have a literal bird’s-eye view of the surrounding mountains, alpine forest and lower marshland as you ride to the summit in an aerial tram known as the Hakkoda Ropeway. Free time atop the mountain gives you the opportunity to admire the views and take some memorable pictures.
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Note: Should the aerial tram not operate due to inclement weather, you will visit the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse instead.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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