Renowned as Honshu’s premier spot for buckwheat cultivation (from which soba noodles are made), during bloom time the plants’ flowers create a beautiful white carpet, while on the lake the blooming yellow flowers of the aquatic plant Asaza make for magnificent scenery. Also worth seeing are the lavender in Inawashiro Herb Garden, Tatsuzawa Fudo no Taki waterfall and Nakatsugawa Canyon.