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Best trails in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Japan

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Looking for a great trail in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Iwate? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 13 hard trails in Towada-Hachimantai National Park ranging from 4.8 to 29 miles and from 1,325 to 6,627 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Towada-Hachimantai National Park (十和田八幡平国立公園) is known to be absolutely beautiful during the whole year. This park features lakes and steaming hot springs nestled in ancient volcanoes and snow covered mountains. During the spring, visitors can expect to see alpine flowers on mountain slopes and lush green leaves in the woodlands. If going in the fall, the colors of the trees become a magnificent sight in the park. Towada-Hachimantai is known to be an inspiration to stories and spirituality, visitors can check out the pilgrimage routes, shrines, and hear about the folk tales that was created from this park. Towada-Hachimantai is also home to Oirase Gorge, Hakkoda mountains, Lake Towada (a good place for a cruise and sightseeing), and Nyuto Onsen, a mountain hot spring. Additionally, during the winter, visitors can snowboard and ski down the slopes.

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#1 - Lake Towada - Oirase Gorge - Matsumi Falls
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 29.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
Lake Towada - Oirase Gorge - Matsumi Falls (十和田湖 - 奥入瀬渓流 - 松見の滝) A two-day trekking course that takes you along two promenades to the beautiful Oirase Gorge and Matsumi Falls. The Oirase Gorge is designated as a special place of scenic beauty and a protected natural monument by the government. There are many places to see, including waterfalls, clear streams, and rocks in the area. The contrast of the deep moss-green forest and the multiple waterfalls are spectacular. This route stops at Oirase Keiryu Hotel end of the first day (you can see the waypoint) and starts the second day from the point. Many bus stops are located along the route, so if you get weary of hiking, you can also take the bus.Show more
#2 - Mount Kurakake - Ainosawa Campsite Loop
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Mount Kurakake - Ainosawa Campsite Loop (鞍掛山 - 相の沢キャンプ場ループ) A loop path goes to Mount Kurakake, which is located at the southeastern foot of Mount Iwate. From the mountaintop, you can enjoy the superb views of Mount Iwate, Mount Hayachine, and Mount Akita-Komagatake.Show more
#3 - Mount Akita-Komagatake - Kunimi Onsen
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
Mount Akita-Komagatake - Kunimi Onsen (秋田駒ヶ岳 - 国見温泉) The highest peak of Akita prefecture, which is located at the southern end of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Mount Akita-Komagatake is a general name of three peaks, Mount Onamedake, Mount Odake, and Mount Medake. From Kunimi Onsen and travels through several peaks. From this route, you can view magnificent Mount Chokai, Mount Iwate, and Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan, and gorgeous alpine plants!Show more
#4 - Mount Iwate: Yanagisawa Course (New Road)
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 6 h 1 m
This is the most popular hiking course of Mount Iwate Hiking Courses (Mount Iwate: Yanagisawa Course (New Road) (岩手山: 柳沢コース (新道)) to the summit of Mount Iwate. There are variety of seasonal wildflowers and magnificent views of Morioka city and Kitakami-Sanchi mountains.Show more
#5 - Hakkoda Mountains Loop
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
Hakkoda Mountains (八甲田山) Created from ancient eruptions and volcanic activity are still ongoing. The highest peak, Mount Odake has magnificent 360-degree views overlooking the northern land of Tohoku to Hokkaido. The area is also known for various beautiful marshes in the area.Show more
#6 - Mount Kurakake
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
Mount Kurakake (鞍掛山) Located at the southeastern foot of Mount Iwate and one of the nationally designated scenic spots. From the mountaintop, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Mount Iwate, Mount Hayachine, and Mount Akita-Komagatake. At the bottom of the mountain, there are a campsite, Takizawa Nature Information Center, a ranch, hot springs, and a large parking lot! It is a family and beginner-friendly mountain.Show more
#7 - Tsuta Onsen Loop
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h
Tsuta Onsen Loop (蔦温泉周回コース) This trail takes you through the Tsutanuma Swamp, rivers and the forest of Tsuta. It is also a kid and family friendly trail.Show more
#8 - Mount Iwate: Nanataki Course
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 7 h 35 m
Mount Iwate: Nanataki Course (岩手山: 七滝コース) This trail takes you to the summit of Mount Iwate which is volcanic mountain. You will be hiking through waterfalls, volcano valleys, wetlands and crater lakes.Show more
#9 - Mount Gentagadake - Matsukawa Onsen
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
Heading to Mount Gentagadake (源太ヶ岳) from Matsukawa Onsen, which is known for the gorgeous sceneries of flower fields around the summit. You can also see magnificent Mount Iwate, Mount Akita-Komagatake, and Mount Hachimantai.Show more
#10 - Mount Nyuto (Mount Eboshi)
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
Mount Nyuto /Mount Eboshi (乳頭山/烏帽子岳) From Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉), a mountain climbing base in the great hot springs to Mount Nyuto (Mount Eboshi). The trail runs through rich forests, which provide climbers stunning landscapes.Show more
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