Lake Towada Winter Shuttle Bus

Enjoy wintertime at Oirase Gorge and Lake Towada on a shuttle bus that only runs during the winter!

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Shuttle Bus

Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge are iconic tourist destinations of Japan’s Tohoku region. In the wintertime, their beautiful and snowy landscapes give way to a fantastical atmosphere, and visitors from all over Japan and from abroad flock to the area.

Enjoy the winter to its fullest at “Lake Towada Winter Story,” and take in magnificent winter scenery like the “Icefall Tour” that you won’t see any other season. That’s not all, though – other fun experiences in the Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge areas, like hot spring visits and skiing, await!

Lake Towada
Lake Towada

In order to make the most of your visit to Lake Towada during the winter, we recommend taking the convenient Lake Towada Winter Shuttle Bus. This winter-exclusive shuttle bus connects Shichinohe-Towada Station and Lake Towada with a one-way trip lasting about 2 hours.

For example, if you come in via Shinkansen from Tokyo or Shin-Aomori Stations and get off at Shichinohe-Towada Station, the bus at the Shichinohe-Towada Station South Exit goes through “Lake Towada Winter Story,” Oirase Gorge, and Oirase Snow Park, making it the perfect way to get around for those looking to take part in the winter events.

Recommended Spots Around Lake Towada

Lake Towada Winter Story

(Nearest bus stop: Lake Towada Station)
An annual winter festival held at Lake Towada. The festival’s highlights include illuminations and projection mapping, and you can enjoy local cuisine and delicious sake here.

Oirase Gorge Icefall Tour

(Nearest bus stop: Keiryukanmae)
The sight of Oirase Gorge’s icefall illuminated is a winter-exclusive view! Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery on this tour. (*Reservation required)

Oirase Snow Park

(Nearest bus stop: Oirase Keiryu Onsen)
At the Oirase Gorge Onsen Ski Area, you can enjoy playing in the snow on snow tubes, sleds, and more. (*Availability depends on the amount of snowfall)


  • Lake Towada Winter Shuttle Bus
  • Lake Towada Winter Story 2020-2021 by FeStA LuCe
(Nearest bus stop: Lake Towada Station)
©Towada Oirase Tourism Organization
  • Lake Towada Winter Story Illumination
©Towada Oirase Tourism Organization / Photo: Kuniya Oyamada
  • Oirase Gorge Icefall Tour – Illumination of Makado Rock 
(Nearest bus stop: Keiryukanmae)
  • Oirase Snow Park 
(Nearest bus stop: Oirase Keiryu Onsen)
  • A banana boat you can enjoy with your family at Oirase Snow Park


  • Risa Lee


  • 毛毛


  • 慧慧


  • 林筱芹


  • 玉鈴梁


  • ita R

    有了這個巴士真的很便利 看到了很多平常看不到的美景!

  • 謝世傑


  • 王珊珊


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Lake Towada Winter Shuttle Bus Details

Service period
Daily from December 19th 2020 (Saturday) through February 1st 2021 (Monday).
Weekends, holidays, and days before holidays from February 6th 2021 (Saturday) through February 28th 2020 (Sunday).
(1 round trip per day)
Service Area
Round trips for Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate, Towada Art Center, Oirase Keiryu Onsen, Keiryukanmae, Lake Towada (Kanda River), and Lake Towada Station.
(※Service only to Lake Towada on December 19th and February 6th, 11th, 20th, and 27th. Service only to Shichinohe-Towada Station on February 1st, 7th, 14th, 23rd, and 28th.)
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 times (to Lake Towada Station)
Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate (1:40 p.m.)
Towada Art Center (2:10 p.m.)
Oirase Keiryu Onsen (2:50 p.m.)
Keiryukanmae (2:55 p.m.)
Lake Towada (Kanda River) (3:48 p.m.)
Lake Towada Station (3:50 p.m.)
Service time (to Shichinohe-Towada Station)
Lake Towada Station (9:30 a.m.)
Lake Towada (Kanda River) (9:32 a.m.)
Keiryukanmae (10:25 a.m.)
Oirase Keiryu Onsen (10:30 a.m.)
Towada Art Center (11:10 a.m.)
Shichinohe-Towada Station South Gate (11:40 a.m.)
Tohoku Shinkansen and transfers
Hayabusa No. 11 Tokyo (9:08 a.m.) ⇒ Shichinohe-Towada (12:14 p.m.)
Hayabusa No. 24 Shin-Aomori (12:39 p.m.) ⇒ Shichinohe-Towada (12:53 p.m.)
Hayabusa No. 24 Shichinohe-Towada (12:54 p.m.) ⇒ Tokyo (4:04 p.m.)
Hayabusa No. 11 Shichinohe-Towada (12:14 p.m.) ⇒ Shin-Aomori (12:29 p.m.)
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 ⇔ Oirase Keiryu Onsen ⇔ Keiryukanmae section
(3) Lake Towada (Kanda River) ⇔ Lake Towada Station section
Towada Kanko Electric Railway 0176-23-3133
Towada City Division of Commerce and Tourism 0176-51-6771