Two Days Itinerary tips for self drive road trip in Japan Tohoku from Aomori to AKITA

Itinerary for self drive from Shin-Aomori to Hakkoda Ropeway, Oirase Stream and last stop at Lake Towada during autumn season. Continue the journey toward Hachimantai, Nyuto Onsen and Lake Tazawa in second day.

The roadside and nature scenery in early November is worth the road trip! You can enjoy the beautiful autumn colors along the way and a great way to rejuvenate your soul too.

We collect the rented car from the Shin-Aomori station. Our first overnight location is Lake Towada Hostel and followed by Lake Tazawa for second night.

For the first day, we are afraid for the night time come early due to autumn season, we only visit the places for a short awhile.

Our first day itinerary as following:

Day 1 road trip in Japan Tohoku
Day 1 road trip in Japan Tohoku

For the video in first day, please view here.

1. Transfer from Aomori to Shin-Aomori by local train
2. Collect the car from Budget Car Rental , you need to book the car in advance through online
https://www.budgetrentacar.co.jp/shop/0750/
3. First stop: Restaurant name is Kayano Cyaya 萱野茶屋 (Convenience Store with Food for brunch)

Free tea in front the restaurant
Free tea in front the restaurant

4. Hakkoda Ropeway-八甲田ロープウェー 山麓駅

5. 渓流の駅おいらせ(Oirase Stream area)
Our Tips: We just arrived here for a quick walk for enjoy the surrounding and have wonderful meals before the next journey start.

Oirase stream In Japan Tohoku
Oirase stream In Japan Tohoku

6. LAST STOP for the day-Lake Towada

Lake Towada
Lake Towada

For video in Lake Towada, please view here.
We arrived at about 3plus evening and luckily still have the chance to peek the evening view of Lake Towada. However, be aware that it is very cold and windy at evening time.

Our second day itinerary start with a short tour at Lake Towada to enjoy the morning view at lakeside.
After breakfast, we continue our journey by the following:

Day 2 Road trip in Japan Tohoku
Day 2 Road trip in Japan Tohoku

For the second day video, please view here.

7. Onuma nature trail, Hachimantai alps

Hachimantai, Japan
Hachimantai, Japan

9. TOWADA-HACHIMANTAI NATIONAL PARK/ 黑台山-
Our tips: The temperature drop the more we drive up to the altitude, be careful when driving especially during cloudy day!

HACHIMANTAI ALPS IN JAPAN TOHOKU
HACHIMANTAI ALPS IN JAPAN TOHOKU

9. Tamagawa dam
Our tips: The blue-green color of the water is so wonderful and worth to stop here for photoshot.

TAMAGAWA dam near Akita
TAMAGAWA dam near Akita

10. NYUTO ONSEN VILLAGE
Our tips: There has view onsen at this area. We went to Nyuto Onsen village as it has the restaurant and cafe for meal.

Somewhere at Nyuto Onsen
Somewhere at Nyuto Onsen

11. LAKE TAZAWA in AKITA!

Lake Tazawa in Akita
Lake Tazawa in Akita

13. Stay in the hostel –cafe + inn That Sounds Good!
Our tips: We really enjoy the atmosphere in this hostel, the great Japanese food, friendly owners and music and books!

My inspiration drawing in this cafe
My inspiration drawing in this cafe
Cafe+Inn hostel in Akita
Cafe+Inn hostel in Akita

For the video of stay in cafe+inn hotel, please watch here.

The next day, we drove back to Shin-Aomori to return the rental car. We hope this itinerary give you some tips to insights in Japan Tohoku.

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