Lake Towada Winter Shuttle Bus
Enjoy Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada in the winter on a shuttle bus that only runs during the winter!
The tourist attractions Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge are representative of Japan's Tohoku region. People come to visit from all over Japan and overseas in the winter to enjoy the fantastically beautiful scenery because of the snow and ice.
In addition to the wondrous winter landscape, there are tons of fun events at Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge in the winter. These include the "Lake Towada Winter Story" held at Lake Towada, an "Icefall Tour" where you can enjoy the majestic scenery at Oirase Gorge, hot springs and skiing at Yakeyama (Lake Towada Onsen Village), and more.
So as to fully enjoy how fascinating Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge look in the winter, we recommend the Lake Towada Winter Shuttle Bus as a convenient means of getting around. This shuttle bus only runs during the winter, and it connects Shichinohe-Towada Station and Lake Towada on a trip that takes two hours one-way.
For example, if you are going from Tokyo or Shin-Aomori on the shinkansen, depart at Shichinohe-Towada Station, leave through the Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate, and get on the shuttle bus. Once you have gone through Yakeyama and Oirase Gorge, you will arrive at the shore of Lake Towada.
You can only enjoy Lake Towada in the winter during this time of year, and there are various events you can also take part in, so this is a perfect way of getting around for anyone who wants to enjoy Lake Towada in the winter.
Recommended spots around Lake Towada
Lake Towada Winter Story
(nearest bus stop: Lake Towada Station)
This is the regularly held festival at Lake Towada. The winter fireworks and lighting are the highlights, and at the festival, you can enjoy local cuisine and delicious drinks.
Oirase Gorge Icefall Tour
(nearest bus stop: It changes depending on the course)
The icefall is illuminated for a sight that can only be see at Oirase Gorge in the winter. Enjoy the beautiful scenery nature created on this tour. (*Reservation required)
Oirase Snow Park
(nearest bus stop: Lake Towada Onsen Village Station)
At the Lake Towada Onsen Ski Resort, you can enjoy playing in the snow on snow tubes, sleds, and more. (*This will change depending on the amount of snowfall)
- Service period
- January 10th, 2020 – March 16th, 2020 every day (one round trip per day)
- Service area
- Round trips for Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate, Towada Art Center, Lake Towada Onsen Village, Keiryukanmae, Kanda River, and Lake Towada Station (*On March 16th, service is only to Shichinohe-Towada Station)
- Fares (adult, one-way)
Shichinohe-Towada Station ⇔ Lake Towada area 1,000 yen
Towada Art Center ⇔ Lake Towada area 800 yen
Shichinohe-Towada Station ⇔ Oirase Gorge area 500 yen
Oirase Gorge area ⇔ Lake Towada area 500 yen
*Half fare for elementary school students
- Service time (to Lake Towada Station)
Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate (3:00 p.m.)
Towada Art Center (3:30 p.m.)
Lake Towada Onsen Village (4:10 p.m.)
Keiryukanmae (4:15 p.m.)
Kanda River (5:08 p.m.)
Lake Towada Station (5:10 p.m.)
- Service time (to Shichinohe-Towada Station)
Lake Towada Station (9:50 a.m.)
Kanda River (9:52 a.m.)
Keiryukanmae (10:45 a.m.)
Lake Towada Onsen Village (10:50 a.m.)
Towada Art Center (11:30 a.m.)
Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate (12:00 p.m.)
- Tohoku Shinkansen and transfers
Hayabusa No. 19 Tokyo (11:20 a.m.) ⇒ Shichinohe-Towada (2:27 p.m.)
Hayabusa No. 28 Shin-Aomori (2:38 p.m.) ⇒ Shichinohe-Towada (2:52 p.m.)
Hayabusa No. 20 Shichinohe-Towada (12:54 p.m.) ⇒ Tokyo (4:04 p.m.)
Hayabusa No. 9 Shichinohe-Towada (12:14 p.m.) ⇒ Shin-Aomori (12:29 p.m.)
- Things to note
Is it not possible to get off along the following sections.
(1) Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate ⇔ Towada Art Center section
(2) Towada Art Center ⇔ Lake Towada Onsen Village ⇔ Keiryukanmae section
(3) Lake Towada (Kanda River) ⇔ Lake Towada Station section
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)