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

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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 JR Pass and JR East Pass Tohoku. You can visit there without any extra charge by these passes.

If you go to Lake Towada from Tokyo, take the 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.

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Unfortunately the timetable is available in only Japanese. Please see the JR Tohoku Bus official site.

The bus does not run in the winter season.

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, Shin-Aomori and Hachinohe are covered fully.


  1. Gerald says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning to visit Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge on 30 April. May I know which bus service I should take from Aomori station? Thanks!

  2. Chin says:

    Hi Takeshi san,
    I m planning to go to Lake Towada on 1st week of March 2020. However, refer to the link that share on JR bus schedule, the service period until 24th Feb 2020. Is it means that there is no service of JR Bus available to Lake Towada in between 25th Feb till Mid of April 2020?


  3. Barnaby Everett says:

    Hi Takeshi. Thanks for all the useful info! I’m wondering if there is any way to find out what date the JR bus from Hachinohe/Aomori to Lake Towada will start running in April 2020? My schedule is rather tight and I had planned on travelling from Hachinohe to Lake Towada on 14th April. However, all the info I can find says the buses start ‘Mid-April’ so I’m worried that the buses might not be running on that date. Is it possible to find out? Thanks!

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