Aomori prefecture’s Tsutanuma is a secluded area in the Aomori prefecture where many tourists and camera operators gather to see the autumn leaves at their best. The morning sun illuminates Tsutanuma in the early morning, and the red-dyed leaves that are reflected on the lake's surface create a mysterious scene. Once the sun starts to rise, the sky’s blue gradually becomes whiter, and the autumn leaves dyed by the morning sun begin to reflect onto the surface of the lake. Every year, many people visit Tsutanuma to witness this moment. Many people visit at around 5 in the morning to enjoy the beautiful scenery as it slowly changes with the sun’s movement.
Tsutanuma is famous for its early morning scenery; however, you can still enjoy the area and nature even after the sun has risen. There are seven lakes in the area, including Tsutanuma called the ‘Tsutanananuma.’ The region is outfitted with promenades, and you can see primeval forests filled with beech and maple trees as well as observe a wide variety of wild birds on a one and a half hour walk around the area. The entire area is designated as a national park, and nature there is left untouched.
We recommend also going when the new green leaves of summer sprout. Aomori prefecture’s Tsutanuma’s best fresh green leaves period begins around the middle of May. If you’re going to walk in and around the mountain, we recommend going during this period. During this period, early mornings when the air is clear, and you can gently hear the voices of the forest, are also quite popular. Also, there are hot springs and inns located nearby, and so we recommend taking some leisurely walks around the Tsutanuma area while you stay the night somewhere.
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Tsutanoyu, Okuse, Towada City, Aomori
- April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November