Lake Towada

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Lake Towada
Lake Towada from Ohanabe 2008.jpg
LocationHonshū, Japan
Coordinates40°28′N 140°52′E / 40.467°N 140.867°E / 40.467; 140.867Coordinates: 40°28′N 140°52′E / 40.467°N 140.867°E / 40.467; 140.867
TypeCrater lake
Primary outflowsOirase River
Basin countriesJapan
Surface area61.1 km2 (23.6 sq mi)
Average depth71 m (233 ft)
Max. depth327 m (1,073 ft)
Water volume4.19 km3 (3,400,000 acre⋅ft)
Shore length146 km (29 mi)
Surface elevation400 metres (1,312 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
Towada Caldera
Lake Towada

Lake Towada (十和田湖, Towada-ko) is the biggest crater lake on Honshū island, Japan. It is on the border between Aomori and Akita prefectures. It is 400 meters (1,800 ft) above sea level, and it is 327 m (1,073 ft) deep. The Oirase river drains it. It has a surface area of 61.1 km². This makes it Japan's 12th biggest lake. It has a bright blue color because it's very deep. The lake is shaped like a circle. It has two peninsulas starting on its southern shore about one-third into the center of the lake.

The lake is a popular place for tourists.

History[change | change source]

A World War II Tachikawa Ki-54 airplane of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force crashed into the lake in 1943. It was found at the bottom of Lake Towada on 13 August 2010. It was taken on September 5, 2012.[1] and has been placed on display.[2]

Activities[change | change source]

The lake's symbol, the Otome-no-Zo statue, is in the center of the lake. From there excursion boats arrive and depart. In Utarube, visitors can go canoeing or camping.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. September 5, 2012 Retrieved April 2, 2016 (in Japanese)
  2. 旧陸軍練習機、十和田湖で発見…戦時中に墜落:社会 : YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞)(Japanese) Archived 2010-08-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "About Lake Towada - Aomori Travel Guide | Planetyze". Planetyze. Retrieved 2017-08-15.

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