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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) This route is actually a combination of two promenades. One goes to the Oirase Gorge and the other to Matsumi Falls. As you can see on the route, the first day can be stopped at the Oirase Gorge inn. You can also shorten a portion of the route, or even follow this route completely with a 2-day plan. The Oirase Gorge is a special scenic spot and has been designated as a national monument and is protected by the national government. There are many attractions such as waterfalls, clear streams and rocks. The contrast between the deep moss-green forest and the various waterfalls created Towada Hachimantai National Park and one of the most scenic spots representing Japan. This trail is a wonderful road and has many seasonal scenic spots. It's also convenient to take a bus to any part of the trail. Spend ample time in Towada and enjoy a wonderful experience.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
鞍掛山 - 相の沢キャンプ場ループ 岩手山の南東麓に位置する鞍掛山を登ります。山頂からは岩手山、早池峰山、秋田駒ヶ岳を一望できることで知られています。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
岩手山の頂上へ向かうコースの中でも最も人気のあるハイキングコースです。 四季折々の野草や、盛岡市と北上山地の雄大な景色を満喫できます。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
このコースは、滝、火山獄谷、湿原や火口湖などを通り抜け活火山である岩手山山頂へ続きます。岩手山までは最長距離コースですが、見どころの多いコースです。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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