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Autumn Leaves at Tsutanuma Lake in Towada, Aomori: Video Introduction

This video, titled "Perfect Fall Foliage Reflections at Tsuta Numa Lake - (shot on BMPCC6K)" ([4K] 紅色の絶景 美しすぎる蔦沼の紅葉 - Perfect Fall Foliage Reflections at Tsuta Numa Lake - (shot on BMPCC6K)), was uploaded by "AQUA Geo Graphic."
The video, which is less than four minutes long, introduces the breathtaking views of nature in Aomori, Japan. Tsutanuma is a secluded area at the foot of the Hakkoda Mountains in Japan's Aomori Prefecture. The trees are dyed a fiery red in the morning sun, and the still surface of the lake becomes a mirror, reflecting the magnificent red and orange foliage.
The contrast with the clear blue sky is also wonderful, and the video allows viewers to experience something not often found in nature.
[Video] 0:30 - Autumn Leaves Reflecting on the Surface of Tsutanuma Lake

Characteristics and Highlights of Tsutanuma Lake, a Place Surrounded by Magnificent Natural Scenery

Image of Akanuma Pond, Hakkoda, Aomori
Photo:Akanuma Pond, Hakkoda, Aomori

Tsutanuma Lake is a secluded area deep in the Hakkoda Mountains of Aomori Prefecture, located 460 meters above sea level. The lake has a circumference of 1 km and an area of about 15 acres. It is one of seven marshes, lakes, and ponds (Tsutanuma, Kagaminuma, Tsukinuma, Naganuma, Suganuma, Hyotan-numa, and Akanuma) scattered throughout the prefecture, and is popular as a place for viewing the autumn leaves.
The area around Towada-Hachimantai, including Tsutanuma Lake, was designated as Towada-Hachimantai National Park in 1936, and is an area where virgin forests of beech trees and other pristine natural features remain. The area is also a wildlife protection area for birds and animals, as it's home to a variety of wild birds, making bird-watching very enjoyable here.

The "Marsh Tour" (沼めぐりの小路, Numa-meguri no Koji) is a 2.9 km circuit of six marshes (excluding Akanuma), which takes visitors counterclockwise from the Visitor Center to Tsutanuma, Kagaminuma, Tsukinuma, Naganuma, Suganuma, and Hyotan-numa, in that order, through beautiful beech forests. The course takes about one and a half hours to complete, depending on how fast you walk. You can enjoy the breathtaking seasonal scenery as you stroll along.

The Autumn Foliage Season at Tsutanuma Lake – When to Visit and How to Make Reservations

Image of Tsutanuma Lake, Aomori
Photo:Tsutanuma Lake, Aomori

The autumn leaves at Tsutanuma usually appear from mid-October to early November. The best time to visit is early in the morning from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. The spectacular view of the crimson autumn leaves illuminated by the early morning sun, as shown in the video, is a sight that can only be seen before the sun has fully risen.

However, please note that prior reservations and a "cooperation fee" are collected when touring Tsutanuma. The purpose of this is to prevent congestion and protect the environment so that the beautiful Tsutanuma can be enjoyed by future generations.

Advance reservations are required to access the observation deck in the early morning. Also, daytime sightseeing does not require advance reservations, but a "cooperation fee" system is in place for both early morning and daytime viewing. Please keep this in mind when planning your visit, and enjoy sightseeing while respecting proper etiquette.
[Video] 0:10 - Autumn Leaves Blazing Crimson in the Morning Sun

The Four Seasons of Tsutanuma Lake and the Secluded Hot Springs of Tsuta Onsen

Image of Tsuta Onsen
Photo:Tsuta Onsen

If you visit Tsutanuma, be sure to stop by Tsuta Onsen Ryokan. It's a hot spring inn located near the entrance to Oirase Gorge, surrounded by a forest of beech trees and abundant greenery. Tsuta Onsen has a long history, and is a hidden hot spring that has been flowing for 1,000 years, which is very rare, even in Japan.
Tsuta Onsen is also conveniently located approximately 5 minutes on foot from "Numa-meguri no Koji," a course for exploring the seven lakes. It's also only a 20-minute drive to the Oirase Gorge and a 40-minute drive to the Hakkoda Ropeway, making it easy to access nearby tourist attractions.

Embraced by pristine nature, Tsutanuma is a popular spot not only for tourists, but also for photographers, as it offers a different look in each of the four seasons, leading to many repeat visitors who visit every season. Outside of autumn, the area offers a variety of seasonal landscapes, including fresh greenery in the spring, fog and fireflies in the summer, and snowy landscapes in the winter.

Summary of Sightseeing at Tsutanuma Lake

Tsutanuma isn't a place mentioned by many travel guides, but most people in Japan are familiar with the Hakkoda Mountains.
In addition to strolling around Tsutanuma Lake, you can also visit the surrounding tourist spots such as Oirase Gorge, Lake Towada, and the Hakkoda Mountains in about 40 minutes by car.

Also, the Hachimantai area, including Tsutanuma, is one of the most prominent volcanic areas in Japan, and there are many hot spring resorts scattered around Towada-Hachimantai National Park.

You can see magnificent scenes of nature all around that will help you forget your everyday life, and you can also take many photos that will look great on Instagram.

Take a trip to Towada-Hachimantai in Michinoku and immerse yourself in the great nature of Aomori in north-eastern Japan.

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Last Updated : Nov. 10, 2022
まつだあゆみ(Matsuda Ayumi)
A write that was born in Hiroshima and moved to Tokyo after becoming an adult.
The Autumn Leaves of Tsutanuma Lake - Experience the Fantastic Beauty of Mother Nature in This Secluded Area in Towada, Aomori via Video
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