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Tour G – Touring the Abundant Natural Beauty of Lake Towada and Oirase Stream

This itinerary lets visitors enjoy the natural beauty of Aomori.
We´ve planned this trip to be soothing, with a pleasant cruise on Lake Towada, and a walk along Oirase Stream, rich in spring greenery and fall colors.
Breathe in the fresh air at 900 meters above sea level at Sukayu Hot Springs while you soothe away the stress from your travels, and then refresh yourself in the spring greenery or fall colors of Oirase. Fully experience the natural beauty that only Aomori can offer.

Trip Details

Day One

Tokyo Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Hachinohe Station

Bus

JR Bus (Oirase), approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes

Get off the bus

Ishigedo

Bus

approximately 20 minutes on the JR Bus Tohoku (Oirase, Mizuumi), or 3 hours on foot

Nature

Oirase Stream, a Treasury of Natural Green Beauty in Spring and Brilliant Colors in Fall

Oirase Stream is a mountain stream from the Oirase River that flows for roughly 14 kilometers from Nenokuchi along Lake Towada in Aomori Prefecture's Towada to Yakeyama. It has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty and as a natural monument. You can enjoy walking through a treasury of natural beauty with quiet forests, multiple famed waterfalls and famous locations.

Oirase Stream
Oirase Stream

Get off the bus

Nenokuchi

Ship

Lake Towada Pleasure Cruise, approximately 50 minutes

Lake Towada Pleasure
Cruise, Yasumiya

On Foot

5 minutes on foot

Nature

The Lake Towada Cruise Allows You to Enjoy the Surface of Lake Towada

The cruise proceeds elegantly over the surface of Lake Towada throughout the changing seasons. There are beautiful vistas that can only be seen while taking the cruise, and you can fully enjoy the luxurious and richly detailed beauty of Lake Towada.

Lake Towada Cruise
Lake Towada Cruise

Accommodations:
Lake Towada
Yasumiya

Hot springs

Lake Towada Hot Springs, Located on the Border between Akita and Aomori Prefectures

In the Yasumiya area alongside Lake Towada, there is a cluster of hot springs establishments. Since it is located on the border between Aomori Prefecture and Akita Prefecture, there are about fifteen inns that straddle the border between both prefectures.

The Various Hot Springs Facilities at Lake Towada

Click here for the official Towada Hotel website

Click here for the official Towadaso website (in Japanese only)

Hot Springs Alongside Lake Towada
Hot Springs Alongside Lake Towada

Day Two

Lake Towada
Yasumiya

Bus

JR Bus, Mizuumi, approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

Get off the bus

Sukayu Hot Springs

Bus

JR Bus, Mizuumi, approximately 15 minutes

Hot springs

Sukayu Hot Springs, Comfort in the Cool, Pure Air

Sukayu is a mountain hot springs inn that was opened more than three hundred years ago, and, 900 meters above sea level, it is situated in a cool and refreshing plateau. Because of its location on such a high plateau, the cumulative effects of the ultraviolet radiation and the purer air with its higher levels of ozone, combined with the effects of the high-altitude climate, are said to have a curative effect on any ailment a person might have in just 10 days.

Sukayu Hot Springs
Sukayu Hot Springs

Get off the bus

Hakkoda Ropeway

Bus

JR Bus, Mizuumi, approximately 1 hour

Nature

Hakkoda Ropeway

From winter through to spring, this is a magnificent mountain ski area, but when the snow begins to melt, the alpine flora begin to bloom, and you can use Sancho Park Station as a base to explore the nature hiking trails, which allow you to easily enjoy the alpine wetlands and alpine flora watching in between 30 and 60 minutes.

Click here for the official Hakkoda Ropeway website

Hakkoda Ropeway
Hakkoda Ropeway

Get off the bus

Shin-Aomori Station

Shinkansen

approximately 205 minutes on the Tohoku Shinkansen

ShoppingDining

Aomori Shunmi-kan, Where You'll Find a Large Selection of the Special Products of Aomori Prefecture

Fresh agricultural products, represented by Aomori's apples, seasonal fruits and delicious Japanese sakes are all available here.

Getting there:
Within the Shin-Aomori Station building

Aomori Shunmi-kan
Aomori Shunmi-kan

Click here for more on Aomori tourism information

Aptinet, the Aomori tourism information website

Tokyo Station

As of May 2011

Key

Note:

  • The Mizuumi and Oirase buses require reservations. The Mizuumi runs between Aomori/Shin-Aomori and Lake Towada, while the Oirase runs between Hachinohe and Lake Towada.
  • Reservations must therefore be made in advance at such locations as JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) and Travel Service Centers (View Plazas). Buses may fill up and be unavailable to those without advance bookings. There is no cost to make a reservation. Individual seats cannot be reserved.

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