Road trip in the north of Japan – Lake Towada – Aomori prefecture

Let’s move on the next day in Aomori prefecture. This day, I woke up with warm weather and I ask my japanese mother if she can bring me in the wildest place she know near Aomori city.  She immediately though about Towada Lake.  Took the car and ride with still 3 meters ice walls. 

Ce matin là nous nous sommes réveillé sous une petite chaleur. J’ai alors demandé à la mère japonaise de m’amener dans l’endroit le plus sauvage qu’elle connaisse. C’était le jour de congé du papa japonais alors nous avons fait un family trip jusqu’au lac Towada.

AOMORI

We took a break at a special place.  My japanese mother wanted me to drink a strange water, apparently if you drink this, your life is going to be extend. 
Japanese people if you can help me to translate what is writing, I’m not good at kanji.  

Nous avons fait un stop sur la route, car la mère voulait à tout prix que je boive cette eau. Je ne sais pas le traduire, mais elle m’a dit que cette eau rallongée la vie.

aomori

japanese countryside

japanese countryside

I also ate this Dango 

dango

dango

Second stop was near a volcanic place.  This look like a beautiful lake right, but at 90 degree.

towada

It’s a really great hiking trail area. So we parked the car at the edge of the road and we continued by walk. 

hiking place in japan

hiking place in japan

hiking place in japan

This place is also known by the important amount of waterfall.

hiking place in japan

Kudan Falls

Kudan Falls

National park, Oirase Gorge

Oirase Gorge

hiking place in japan

We took the car again and we arrived to Towada Lake 

Towada Lake

As I said in my last post, I don’t know if it was because of the end of winter, but the city was looking so abandoned. All the Hotels was looking abandoned since centuries.  the fact is, in Japan, even if you love urbex, you heard about strange story about japanese abandoned house, full of ghosts or other monsters, so I have to admit I wanted to enter BUT NO. 

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

This door is call « Suginami » which mean « avenue of Cedars » because of the huge magnificent trees.

Suginami

You can also take the boat for an excursion and enjoy the different view of the lake, it work all the year except in Winter and the price is 1440yen for adult and 720yen for a child. 

Towada Lake

we ate at a very old looking place, I didn’t understand how can they still open this kind of restaurant and how they can survive when the city look like a dead city.  The meal was so good ( also no vegetarian menu)

japanese food

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

My japanese sister.

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

Towada Lake

Towada Lake is the crater of a dormant volcano.


Towada Lake

We arrived at the enter of the forest, at the Towada shrine entrance. Is one of the most popular shrine in Aomori Prefecture because is a holy place.

Towada shrine

Beware of bears

Towada shrine

Towada shrine

Towada shrine

Towada shrine

Towada shrine

2 minutes walk from the shrine, you can find « Otome no zo statue », crafted in 1953 in celebration of the Lake Towada designation as a national Park. Last piece of the sculptor Kotaro Takamura.

Otome no zo statue

towada lake

towada lake

towada lake

We stop again buying some snack 

dango

dango

On the road back we stoped again at the Aseishigawa dam.


Aseishigawa dam

Aseishigawa dam

Aseishigawa dam

AND this was my dinner.  WE MAKING SUSHI !!!

japanese food

That’s all for today. 
Next post I’ll bring you again in my last day in Aomori prefecture. 

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