Autumn is one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan.
In the whole country, one of the most spectacular areas to view the fall colors is around Lake Towada in northern Japan, which sits on the border of Akita and Aomori prefectures.
The trees around this picturesque caldera lake, as well as along the nearby Oirase Stream, are usually most vibrant in late October, which just so happens to be when we're visiting.
I'm Sam Evans staff writer for japan-guide dot com.
And today I'm fortunate enough to be on assignment reporting on the fall colors from around Lake Towada.
Here's the plan.
After taking the shinkansen to Hachinohe Station, we'll take a bus to the Ishigedo bus stop.
From here we'll hike along the Oirase Stream, where hopefully the fall colors will be at their peak.
Once at the lake, we'll take a scenic ferry ride from Nenokuchi to the a quaint town of Yasumiya, where we will explore a bit before ending the day at a traditional Japanese-style inn.
So follow along as because we spend the day admiring the autumn beauty of Towada.
The shinkansen from Tokyo to Hachinohe takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The bus from Hachinohe Station to Ishigedo takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.
So we've just arrived at Ishigedo, one of the main stops along the Oirase Stream.
Now the Oirase stream is one of the most famous places in the area, well known for its autumn colors.
It looks like we've got kind of lucky today. There seems to be a buzz of activity lots of people and the colors look great.
So let's go in, walk along the stream, and see what we can find.
So we finished the hike, but now we're across the water from the town of Yasumiya where we'll be spending the night.
So we're going to get the ferry behind me, and it's going to provide us with some unique scenes of all this beautiful autumn color.
So all aboard.
The scenic ferry from Nenokuchi to Yasumiya takes about 50 minutes.
Lake Towada is the largest caldera lake on Honshu, Japan's main island.
So we've just landed in Yasumiya after a very picturesque crossing, and now we're going to go into the town and find our accommodation for the night.
Multi-course "kaiseki" meals at Japanese inns usually feature local specialty dishes and ingredients.
And with this, our day comes to an end.
If you're traveling in Japan during autumn, be sure to head over to japan-guide dot com where you'll find daily reports on the fall color conditions from around the country like the one I made today in Towada.
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