Lake Towada Canoeing Tour


Glide leisurely across the sparkling surface of Lake Towada in Towada-Hachimantai National Park with an English-speaking nature guide and canoeing instructor.


  • Discover the untouched natural beauty of Lake Towada
  • Experience Lake Towada with all five senses, with its waters symbolic of the Towada Hachimantai National Park
  • Cruise to a secluded cove along the shore of a double caldera lake
  • Fall in love with the simple joy of paddling the waters of Japan’s National Parks

Key Information

Important Information

• Please bring warm clothing, as the temperature can drop depending on the weather and season. • Clothes and shoes may get wet on this tour; please bring rainwear, towels, or clothes that you don't mind getting wet. • We provide waterproof bags to prevent cameras and mobile phones from getting wet. Hand luggage can be left at our reception desk. • We cannot be held responsible for any damage to your possessions due to water or other reasons. • Please note this tour is usually a mixed group with other participants. • You must be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time. • Please follow your guide's instructions at all times. • For safety reasons, guests who are drunk or hungover, in poor health or heavily pregnant cannot participate. • We may have to cancel the tour in the event of adverse weather. In case of cancellation, we will contact you by phone on the morning of the tour date. Please understand that in booking this activity, we may share your booking information (but without individually identifiable data) to the Ministry of the Environment, with which this activity is affiliated. By making a booking, you signify that you agree to these terms.


The destination of this tour is a cove situated inside the National Park Special Protection Zone that can only be reached by boat. This tour also provides an opportunity to see the rare Japanese serow, a miniature antelope that lives in the forests surrounding the lake. Lake Towada, located on the border between Akita and Aomori Prefectures, is the caldera lake formed by eruptions of Towada Volcano. Due to the unfrozen lake during winter, it is also called the “Mystic Lake.” It is the source of the river of Oirase Gorge and is a beautiful lake showing various landscapes each season. Experience the untouched natural beauty of Lake Towada by taking to the water with an expert local guide. Enjoy sweeping views from Canadian canoes, which can be safely piloted by beginners. On this tour you can wander around in a Canadian canoe on the caldera lake surrounded by beech forest. The tour arrives and departs from the western shore of the Nakayama Peninsula, or the eastern shore of Ogura Peninsula depending on wind conditions. The appeal of this tour lies in the way you can really enjoy a firsthand experience on the sparkling lake water, managing the boat yourself. Extensive support is provided via careful instruction from the guides, making this safe for beginners.

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