Oirase Gorge Winter Bus Tour


Take a bus tour of the Oirase Gorge in winter and marvel at enchanting snow-covered sights. See frozen waterfalls, impressive icicles, and snow-kissed views around the mountain stream designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty.


  • See the famous Oirase Gorge transformed under winter's spell
  • Gaze at crystallized waterfalls and pristine, snow-covered scenery
  • Easily get from spot to spot with your guide and tour bus
  • Convenient pickup from Towada City and Towadako Onsen Area

Key Information

Important Information

• Please inform us of your chosen pickup or drop-off point during checkout • We require the full name and age of each participant, including infants, for insurance purposes • Arrive early at your pickup point: the schedule shows departure times • Children aged 0–5 join for free, but may not have their own seat on the bus • In the case of bad weather, there is a possibility of conducting the tour wholly from inside the bus • Please note that the only toilet in the gorge is at the Ishikedo Rest Area • The schedule may change depending on the local conditions and the number of participants - You must follow the instructions of your guide at all time, to remain safe in the gorge Please understand that in booking this activity, we may share your booking information (but without individually identifiable data) to the Ministry of the Environment, with which this activity is affiliated. By making a booking, you signify that you agree to these terms.


Visit Oirase Gorge in winter to see another side of this beautiful spot best known for its autumn colors. By joining this bus tour, you can easily reach the most striking sights in the gorge, without walking through miles of snow. The Oirase Stream flows out from Lake Towada through Nenokuchi and runs about 14 kilometers (about 8.7 miles) through this Special Place of Scenic Beauty. This tour aims to stop at four highlights of the Oirase Gorge. While the itinerary might change depending on weather conditions, you can expect to see most or all of these highlights. • Samidarenonagare Current A quieter stretch of the steam, the many rocks dotted along the waterway poke their heads through surface here. In winter, their usual blanket of moss is covered with even fluffier snow. • Makado Rock This rock face is draped in dramatic icicles every winter, so much so that it can look like a frozen waterfall in the middle of the forest! • Kumoinotaki Falls This waterfall—its name translating to 'cloud-well falls'—is enchanting all year round, and one of the gorge's biggest draws. The falls drop 20 meters (about 80 feet) in three steps. • Nenokuchi The Nenokuchi Water Gate controls the flow of water from Lake Towada to the Oirase Gorge. This helps to maintain the level of the stream, with a slope of about 1 meter per 70 meters of travel. This frozen gorge carved by nature over the centuries is simply not to be missed!

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