About Towada-Hachimantai National Park
Towada Hachimantai National Park is a national park that spans the three prefectures of Aomori, Iwate and Akita in the northeastern region of Japan, covering major scenic spots such as Lake Towada, the Oirase Valley and the Hachimantai Plateau. It is one of the most famous national parks in the Tohoku region.
Towada Hachimantai National Park, which covers an area of 854.09 square kilometers, was first designated as Towada National Park on February 1, 1936, and was renamed Towada Hachimantai National Park on July 10, 1956, when the Hachimantai area was added to the park. The park offers beautiful scenery such as Lake Towada with its deep blue color and the Oirase River with its many changes, movement and fun, as well as many hot spring resorts including Tamagawa Onsen and Sour Soup Onsen and winter recreation areas such as Hachimantai Ski Resort. You can enjoy a variety of things to do and see throughout the year.
How to get there
Approximately 40 minutes by car from the Kosaka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway (by Lake Towada) Approximately 40 minutes by car from the Kazuno Hachimantai Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway (Hachimantai Onuma)
Towada-Hachimantai is the general name for the area surrounding Lake Towada, a city located inland in the southern region of Aomori Prefecture, and Hachimantai, a 1,614-meter-high mountain and surrounding plateau that straddles Akita and Iwate Prefectures, and is popularly known as “Towada-Hachimantai National Park.
The area around Lake Towada in the north boasts some of the most scenic scenery in Japan, including the Oirase Keiryu Stream, and its abundant nature allows visitors to see rare animals such as Japanese serows, golden eagles, and black bears.
In the area surrounding Hachimantai, visitors can see “Hachiman-numa,” which was created by high-rise marshland and volcanic activity, and in winter, “Hachimantai Juhyo,” which is said to be the world’s largest area of ice trees.
Both of these areas are attractive for their abundant nature and spots that make the most of that nature.