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 required. The seat is not assigned at the time of booking. You will not get a seat number but they secure your seat and you will receive bus number. You can make a reservation at any reservation offices in JR stations which is called “Midori no Madoguchi”. Please refer the link below to learn more about JR ticket reservation office:
You can get the timetable in JR Bus Tohoku official site:
Tokyo 10:20 (
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.
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.
If you have JR Pass or JR East Pass Tohoku, the bus to Lake Towada from Aomori and Hashinohe is covered fully.