Brief overview of Towada

Towada City is located in the southeast of Aomori prefecture. Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge are special scenic spots and designated natural monuments of Japan.

 

Towada is a famous destination in Tohoku. Lake Towada is a national park and a wild life sanctuary. Its natural scenery is carefully protected and its ancient appearance is preserved as it is.

Towada City is one of Japan's three biggest reclaimed land projects.

From a desolated plateau, communities carved out rivers, made fields, and the town was established. Towada was transformed into an agricultural area, well-known for raising livestock, and its produce is bought throughout the country.

 

These days, Towada is committed to building a beautiful city in harmony with nature, as a ‘city of art’, that started with the Towada Contemporary Art Museum.

Located in Towada-Hachimantai national park, this is a caldera lake formed by a volcanic eruption. By the lake shore, there is a statue of two maidens by Kotaru Takamura, Sightseeing ferries operate across lake. Towada Shrine is located on the Nakayama peninsular attracting attention as a power spot.

Lake towada

Oirase River is the only river running from Lake Towada. The 14km section flowing from the lake side of Nenokuchi to Yakeyama is called Oirase Gorge.

 It is a cultural asset designated as a special scenic spot and natural monument. With many waterfalls along the mountain stream, it's also called “Waterfall Road”.

Oirase Gorge

This street is chosen as part of the “100 Japanese Roads” election. Stretching 1.1km, there are 156 cherry blossom trees lining this road that bloom in full glory in the spring.

 

During this time, Towada City provides custom illumination, letting people enjoy the flowers in to the evening as well. The observation room, on the top of city hall, is open to the public and boasts a birds-eye view of blossoms that turn the entire road pink.

 ▶︎Towada city goverment office street(Koma-kaido)

Towada city goverment office street

(Koma-kaido)

Towada Modern Art Museum

Through the contributions of 33 artists, both domestic and overseas, this space has 38 works of art on display. Beyond the exhibition rooms, some works are found in the courtyard, the roof top and staircases as well. The architecture of the space itself was developed to work with the pieces to provide new experiences to the visitors. There is an art presentation outside, along the sidewalks, displayed as art furniture.

Towada horse park - Komakko land

Since old times, Towada City has prospered as a production center of Nanbu horses and during Meiji period, Towada City was home to a warhorse supplement division. In the park, there is the Shotoku-kan, a museum dedicated to introducing the culture and history surrounding the Nanbu horses. There are also pastures where you can experience feeding horses and riding horseback, and parks with large playground equipment.

Towada Autumn Festival

This annual festival is held in the second week of September every year.

 In Towada’s traditional autumn festival, gorgeously decorated floats and soul-stirring drum beats fill the street with the splendid drum performance and great acoustics.

Sakura Yabusame

When the cherry blossoms are at their best in spring, Towada hosts

Sakura-Yabusame at Greenpark, facing the Koma-kaido (Towada-city government street).

Showcasing a magnificent traditional martial art, this event only permits female riders and the horses are a Japanese breed. Riders run a path under the shade of cherry blossoms in full bloom.

In Autumn, an international World Yabusame  championship is held, in which both men and women compete to test their skills.

 

The website of Towada Riding horse club

UMAGIN(Head dress called UMAGIN)

Those that wear UMAGIN are adopted as locals. UMAGIN is a community relation tool in Towada city. Everyone smiles when you wear one. UMAGIN connects people with people no matter where you are from. It connects people with the city; it connects the city with the world; it enriches everything around you, making everyone happy.

The website of UMAGIN

Moss ball

Oirase Keiryu (stream) was selected as a “precious moss forest”. The moss here is familiar to many tourists as a tourist attraction. Dotting the mountain stream are moss covered boulders, known as “moss balls”. You can enjoy them like their own little versions of Oirase Gorge.

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