Covering over 61 square kilometers, this massive and beautiful crater lake is in the north of Japan’s main island. Formed by the collapse of a volcano, which last erupted 13,000 years ago, Lake Towada-ko is the largest of the island’s lakes and is a staggering 327 meters deep. The waters are so pure that visitors can see clearly to a depth of nearly ten meters, allowing them to enjoy viewing the various forms of marine life that dwell there.
Set between Aomori and Akita prefectures, Lake Towada-ko and the surrounding area are protected national parks and have hardly changed in centuries. The gorgeous blue hue of the waters of the lake led to the area being named as one of the Eight Scenic Views of Japan. Four observation areas are clearly marked around the lake, perfect for capturing panoramic views. To ensure the perfect photo opportunity, sightseeing boats can also be taken across the picturesque blue waters.
Fall is the most popular time of the year to come and see the wonderful autumnal colors, but a calendar of festivals means every season has something new to offer to visitors.