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Straddling the border between Akita and Aomori prefectures is Towadako, one of Honshu’s most scenic lakes, and hugely popular with local visitors during the turning leaf ‘koyo’ season from mid-October, when the beech and maple-clad hillsides of the Oirase Valley turn to spectacular shades of gold and crimson.

The area is replete with atmospheric inns offering traditional fare and natural hot spring bathing. A little to the north the town of Hirosaki boasts a cosmopolitan ambience belying its location, with a splendid summer festival, a fine castle and samurai district.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Towadako & Hirosaki

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Towadako & Hirosaki, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Towadako & Hirosaki

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Towadako & Hirosaki, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Towadako & Hirosaki at its best.

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