This lake is one of the most beautiful lake in Japan and most popular destination in Tohoku Area (North part of main island). Especially it has very colorful and amazing view in autumn. JR Tohoku Bus operate the schedule bus to Towadako. This bus service is included in Japan Rail Pass. So you can go there with NO EXTRA charge.
You can access Lake Towada from Aomori or Hachonohe. These bus services have nickname. The bus from Hachinohe is called “Oirase” and from Aomori is called “Mizuumi”. “Oirase” is the name of gorge where is on the way to Lake Towada. It is must-see spot too. “Mizuumi” means Lake in Japanese.
If you go to Lake Towada from Tokyo, take Tohoku Shinkansen to Hachinohe and exchange JR bus to Lake Towada.
You need to make a reservation. JR does not assign your seat, but they secure your seat. You can make a reservation at any reservation office in JR stations. Please refer this page.
You can check the most updated timetable on JR Bus Tohoku website.
Tokyo 9:56 (Tohoku Shinkansen “Hayate” Super Express 13) 12:59 Hachinohe
Hachinohe 13:30 (JR Bus “Oirase” 93) 15:45 Towadako (Lake Towada)
*If you go to Hokkaido after Towadako, take “Mizuumi” to Aomori. It gives you much easier access to Hokkaido.
Another spot around Lake Towada
We have another sightseeing spot around Towadako. Oirase gorge is one of must-see spot during summer and autumn. It is located between Nenokuchi and Yakeyama. There is a lot of falls. Especially it is breathtaking view in autumn. Don’t miss it!
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!