Lake Towada (autumn season)

How to access to Lake Towada (Towadako). Fully covered by JR Pass

Lake Towada (autumn season)
Lake Towada (autumn season)

This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Japan and very popular destination in Tohoku region. Especially in autumn season, many tourists visit this lake and Oirase rapid on the way to Lake Towada to see such an amazing fall foliage. JR Tohoku Bus operates the schedule bus to Lake Towada from either Hachinohe and Aomori. This bus service is covered by Japan Rail Pass. You can visit there without any extra charge.

If you go to Lake Towada from Tokyo, take Tohoku Shinkansen to Hachinohe and exchange JR bus to Lake Towada.


Reservation is not required. You can take any bus without reservation. In case that a bus is full, another bus will run.


You can get the timetable in JR Bus Tohoku official site:

JR Tohoku Bus official site – the scheduled bus service to Lake Towada and Oirase Keikoku

Sample itinerary

From Tokyo
Tokyo 10:20 (From Hakodate
Hakodate 06:57 (Rapid Hakodate Liner) 07:16 Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto 07:34 (Hokkaido Shinkansen Hayabusa 12) 08:37 Shin-Aomori
10:10 (JR Bus “Mizuumi” 8) 13:03
*You will have a long waiting time at Shin-Aomori but there is no better train connections available.

Another spot around Lake Towada

We have another sightseeing spot around Towadako. Oirase gorge is one of must-see spots during summer and autumn seasons. It is located between Nenokuchi and Yakeyama. There are lots of falls. Especially it is breathtaking view in autumn.

Clear water stream at Oirase gorge

And also Mt. Hakkoda where is located on the way to Aomori is the very popular mountain in Northern part of Japan too. Ropeway station is the entrance of Mt. Hakkoda. The gondola takes you the summit of the Tamoyachidake peak (1324m) of Mt. Hakkoda. If you have an extra time, stop by and enjoy the mountain fresh air.

Available deal

If you have JR Pass or JR East Pass Tohoku, the bus to Lake Towada from Aomori and Hashinohe is covered fully.

36 thoughts on “How to access to Lake Towada (Towadako). Fully covered by JR Pass”

  1. Hi Takeshi-San, thank you for the clear explanation! Yesterday I went to the Midori no Madoguchi at Hakata and tried to reserve the bus from Aomori to Lake Towada. The lady at the counter said it was not possible to reserve these tickets as “they are not from JR”. I looked up the bus details and showed them at the reservation office. They told me the bus is run by another JR department/company, so wasn’t able to reserve these bus tickets.. Any ideas where I should go to reserve them? Can I only do this in Aomori maybe? Or is this bus not included in de JR pass anymore? (I couldn’t find the bus terminal as destination or departure option in Hyperdia)

      1. Hi Takeshi-San, Thank you for finding out! I went to a total of three modiri no maguchi’s and they all didn’t understand what I should to, so thank you very much. Arigato! Best wishes, Elize

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