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Lake Towada
Lake Towada from Ohanabe 2008.jpg
Location Honshū, Japan
Coordinates 40°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
Type Crater lake
Primary outflows Oirase River
Basin countries Japan
Surface area 61.1 km2 (23.6 sq mi)
Average depth 71 m (233 ft)
Max. depth 327 m (1,073 ft)
Water volume 4.19 km3 (3,400,000 acre⋅ft)
Shore length1 46 km (29 mi)
Surface elevation 400 metres (1,312 ft)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.
Towada Caldera 3D 2012
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.


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. and has been placed on display.


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.

- Japan Meteorological Agency
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