Autumn 1night 2day route

Suggested Time
2 days / 1 nights
Transport Options
Drive
Season
Autumn

Towada Kohan Yasumiya (Central area along Lake Towada. There are many sights to see including the “Otome-no-zo” a symbolic statue along Lake Towada), Towadako Pleasure Boat (Enjoy the contrast of beautiful foliage and the blue of the water), Oirase Keiyu (One of the famous foliage spots in Japan. Mountain streams and many waterfalls bring out the color of the foliage), Towada Onsen Village (The starting point for sightseeing in Oirase Keiryu. Relax in an onsen bath while enjoying the view of the mountain stream), Tsuta Onsen (Take a leisurely stroll around the beech forest and ponds near the onsen), Jogakura Ohashi Bridge (The view of foliage from the hanging bridge 122 meters above the ground is impressive), Sukayu Onsen (Famous for its 1,000-person cypress bath, the atmosphere of the onsen area and the great effect of onsen water), Hakkoda Ropeway (The gondola takes its passengers 1,200 meters high over the carpet of autumn foliage covering the Hakkoda Mountains) Best Foliage Time: Towada Kohan / Oirase Keiryu (Mid October to early November), Tsuta Onsen, Jogakura Ohashi Bridge, Sukayu Onsen (Early to late October), Hakkoda Ropeway destination (Mid September to mid October) *Lake Towada Pleasure Boat: boat bound for Yasumiya departing at 1:15pm operates until November 10th, departing at 1:45pm operates to November 20th. During the winter season, departure and arrival only from Yasumiya.

Start
Day1

Towadako Sightseeing Boat

Take in the beauty of the four seasons at Lake Towada on this sightseeing cruiser. The boat takes you on a cruise to see the mountains colored with new green leaves in early summer and red foliage during autumn. It moves along the complex peninsula allowing for the view of steep cliffs from the water.

 

Oirase Stream Trekking(Momokoootaki-Ishigado)

The Oirase Gorge is one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan, with vibrant and fast flowing water. The gorge extends over 14 km from the contrastively calm Lake Towada. The Oirase Gorge shows its beauty in different ways throughout the four seasons. However, the gorge is mostly known for its spectacular autumn foliage in the fall season.
The Oirase Gorge has an enchanting atmosphere with many waterfalls and thick woods. Starting in October, the leaves of the trees begin to change to vibrant red and yellow, adding to the already vivid green of the moss on the rocks, adding colors to a magnificent sight. The autumn colors peak every year around the end of October to the beginning of November. Visitors can hike around the gorge on the hiking trail. The gorge is a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty and National Natural Monument.


Rental Bicycles

Rental Bicycles are available for visitors who prefer cycling to walking.

Basic Fee4 Hours Regular bicycle ¥1,000 Electric bicycle ¥1,500
Rental Hours8:30~16:30
Rental LocationOirase Sream Museum TEL:0176-74-1233
Ishikedo Rest Area TEL:0176-74-2355
JR Bus Nenokuchi TEL:0176-75-2244


The Oirase Stream Museum

The Oirase Stream Museum is located conveniently at the mouth of the Oirase Gorge for visitors to enjoy a break with a light meal or shop for souvenirs.

Address183 Tochikubo, Okuse, Towada-shi, Aomori 034-0301
Contact Information0176-74-1233 yuusuikan@oirase.or.jp
Business Hours9:00~16:00
Closed Days
None
Admission FeeFree
URL(Japanese) http://www.oirase.or.jp/keiryu/keiryu.htm
Address
十和田市奥瀬栃久保183
Telephone Number
0176-75-2425
 

Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel

The only resort hotel located along the Oirase mountain stream.

The Oirase Keiryu Hotel is a relaxing hot spring hotel standing right next to the Oirase Keiryu National Park. You can spend time in the guest rooms, lobby, and terrace overlooking the mountain stream and experience the changing nature to the fullest. You can also see the mountain stream from the hot spring, which will heal your body and soul. There are two restaurants in the hotel, where you can enjoy the unique cuisine of Aomori.

Address
十和田市大字奥瀬字栃久保231
Telephone Number
0570-073-022
Day2
 

Tsuta Onsen Tsuta Onsen Japanese Style Inn

Tsuta Onsen, located near the entrance of Oiraese gorge, lies surrounded by virgin beech wood. The hot spring is known to be used dating back 1000 years ago, and the inn has become one of the hidden gems of Aomori. The structure was made with beech and Japanese horse chestnut wood, with a comforting atmosphere that reminds people of the Taisho period. The meals include seasonal locally produced ingredients.
Behind the inn, numerous ponds and lakes of various sizes attract people to the great natural beauty that changes each season. Walking trails around the ponds and lakes beginning at Tsuta Onsen are available and easily accessible, allowing visitors to revel in Mother Nature. 


Hot Spring Water Composition / Carbon hydrogen sodium spring, sulfite sodium spring, chloride spring
Hot Spring Benefits / Wounds, skin diseases, skin rejuvenation


Bubbling Hot Spring

Tsuta Onsen is one of the few 30 sites where the hot spring bubbles out from the ground. The bath tubs at Tsuta Onsen were placed directly on top of the water source, allowing bathers to enjoy the fresh hot spring straight from the base of the bath.
The hot water at Tsuta Onsen has a clear and gentle quality that does not tire the bathers. It is a perfect choice for those who enjoy taking long baths.

Address
十和田市奥瀬字蔦野湯1
Telephone Number
0176-74-2311
Opening Times
[One Day Onsen]
10:00~16:00
*Hours may be shortened depending on the number of guests.

[Check-in] 15:00~
[Check-out] ~10:00
Closures
None
 

Jogakura Ohashi Bridge

Deck arch bridge with 255 meters between each arch support is the longest in Japan.
The bridge was opened on October 27, 1995, and has played an important role of connecting the Tsugaru and Nanbu regions ever since.
The bridge affords a wonderful view of Jyogakura-Keiryu Streams, famous as scenic sites in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Visitors can get out of their cars and enjoy the fabulous view.
During the autumn foliage season, beautiful foliage can be seen 360 degrees.


Opened…October 27, 1995
Width…11.5 meters (of which 2 meters is walkway)
Length…360 meters
Height…122 meters
Arch support interval 255 meters


Jyogakura Onsen–Jyogakura Ohashi Bridge Approximately 1.7 km, Approximately 20 to 30 minutes’ walk

Facility : Parking, restroom, public phones

Address
青森市荒川南荒川山
Telephone Number
017-728-0200
 

Sukayu Onsen

Sukayu is a mountainous hot spring that has been accessible for over 300 years. The facility is a timber building, the oldest in Hakkoda area. The hot spring was the first to be appointed as the People’s Recreation Hot Spring in 1954. The area is surrounded by great wilderness such as Mt. Hakkoda, Suiren Numa Pond, and Jogakura Gorge. In the winter, Sukayu is filled with skiers and snowboarders while in the spring, summer, and fall, the hot spring welcomes trekkers and hikers.

Sukayu features three baths, a co-ed, a female-only, and a male-only bath. The baths are all natural with water flowing directly from the source. The most famous “Senjin Buro”, the bath of a thousand bathers, is a massive co-ed bath with the size of 248㎡ (2669 sq. feet). The guest rooms in the ryokan facility are styled in traditional Japanese with a veranda and tokonoma (an alcove where art or flowers are displayed). The extended-stay facility houses simple rooms in Japanese style as well.

The inn restaurant “Onimenan”, guests can enjoy the local cuisine sukayu soba and ginger miso bamboo oden (Japanese style stewed vegetables and dumplings).


Hot Spring Water Composition / Acidic sulfate spring

Hot Spring Benefits / Rheumatoid, nerve pain, intestinal diseases, female-specific disorders, constipation, asthma


The Beech Bath “Sennin Buro”

“Sennin Buro”, the bath of a thousand bathers, received the name from its great size. The bath is made with beech wood and has charmed bath lovers of all ages. On cold winter days, the bath area fills with white steam, creating the nostalgic feel of an old hot spring. The popular bath has been shown on television and in magazines numerous times. Though it is normally mixed bathing, there is an allotted time during the day for female bathers only.

Address
青森市荒川南荒川山国有林酸湯沢50
Telephone Number
017-738-6400
Opening Times
[One Day Onsen /Beech Sennin Buro (co-ed)]
7:00~17:30(*8:00~9:00 is female-only)

Tamanoyu (Separated by Gender)
7:00~17:00

[Check-in] 15:00~
[Check-out] ~10:00
Closures
Irregular
 

Hakkoda Ropeway

A magnificent view of Mt. Hakkoda in all seasons.

The Hakkoda Ropeway is located in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park and operates throughout the year. The autumn leaves season and the winter ice season are especially popular.

Address
青森市荒川字寒水沢1-12
Telephone Number
017-738-0343
Opening Times
09:00 to 16:20 (March to early November)
09:00 to 15:40 (mid-November to late February)
Closures
11/8 to 11/13 Machine Maintenance Inspection
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