To get to “Tsutanuma Lake”, which is located almost in the center of Aomori Prefecture, take a bus from JR Hachinohe Station or Shin-Aomori Station, and it takes about 1 hour. It is located at the foot of Mt. Hakkoda, about 460 meters above sea level. There are untouched nature where native beech forests and various wild birds inhabit. The area around “Towadachachimantai” including Tsutanuma Lake has been designated as a national park in 1936.
“Tsutanuma Lake” is one of seven swamps (Tsutanuma, Kagaminuma, Tsukinuma, Naganuma, Suganuma, Hyotannuma, Akanuma) called “Tsuta no Nana Numa” (seven swamp of Tsuta). The nature trail “Numa Tour Alley” is maintained so that you can take a walk in about one hour for the 6 swamps except Akanuma. By the way, the seventh Akanuma is located 2 kilometers northwest of Tsutanuma Lake, so it is not suitable for casual walks.
The best time to see autumn leaves is from mid to late October. At this time, you can see the wonderful view of the autumn leaves reflected on the lake surface. However, it seems that good time to take a picture is not often found. The few chances are the moment when the early morning sun rises. Furthermore, in order to make the water mirror redder, natural conditions such as having to be windless so as not to go up, and having a slight clouding than at the time of fine weather seem to be influenced. It is beautiful enough to see at noon, but the greatest attraction is still the morning sun and the scenery reflected in the burning red trees and water surface.
As you go further along the trail, Tochinoki trees and beech trees stand on rocks. And the moss grown in water and stones. The scenery that embodies rich nature is spread.
There is a height difference of about 200 meters on the “Numa Tour Alley”, and the river flows. Tsukinuma Lake is the highest of the six swamps.
Once you go around the promenade, you will return to the “Tsuta Hot Spring Visitor Center”. Every swamp has a mysterious beauty. Why don’t you really see the beauty with your eyes.
Tsutanuma Lake surrounded by the deep primeval forest of the beech is one of the seven swamps called “Tsuta no Nana Numa” (seven swamp of Tsuta). Tsutanuma Lake biggest in this Tsuta no Nana Numa is the Oirase area’s leading popularity spot that many people visit in the colored leaves season of autumn. Trees of beeches surrounding the lake are dyed bright red and yellow, and show the gorgeous world where it is reflected in the lake. The time when colored leaves of this Tsutanuma shine particularly are a morning and sunrise. While the morning sun which came in sparkles bright golden-colored from the top of the mountain, skillful autumnal leaves are projected on the water surface of Tsutanuma.
When a dazzling light of the morning sun hits and it spreads on the whole surface, the autumnal leaves of the dawn of whole Tsutanuma is beautifully illuminated. It is difficult to aim at the timing when the morning sun comes in beautifully at the time when colored leaves are the most beautiful. Many photographers visit Tsutanuma every year to catch few morning superb views. It is an unparalleled view which crimson autumnal leaves are dyed by a morning glow.
Although, it is known as a famous place of fresh green and autumnal leaves, but you can enjoy the beautiful scene like this even if you visit in the midsummer.
In order to enjoy the unparalleled view reflected in the mirror of the water surface, it is recommended to visit in fine weather on a calm day.
The best time to see of autumnal leaves is from the middle of October to the end of October every year, and around October 20 is most prosperous. Let’s visit on the day which seems to be the closest to the conditions of a fine weather non-wind.
“Tsuta no Nana Numa” is a general term of seven marshes, and six marshes of those are linked on a promenade called “Numa Meguri no Komichi”. You can take a walk through them in approximately one and a half hours.
|Address:||Okuse Towada, Aomori 034-0301 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tohoku-Shinkansen Line “Hachinohe-eki” station (75 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 176-75-2425 (Towadako National Park Association)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|