Aomori’s sixteen towering peaks of Hakkoda—ten in the northern range and six in the southern—are considered among Japan’s 100 most famous. The wetlands and lakes scattered among the mountains teem with alpine flowers in summer, and the heavy snowfall in winter that blankets the Maries’ firs attracts backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Even beginners can conquer Mt. Otake (1,311 m) via ropeway, before descending through marshlands for a soak in the famous hot springs of Sukayu Onsen below. Further immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area with a visit to the calm waters of Lake Towada, and a stroll to Oirase, a mountain stream that stretches for 14 kilometers.
Duration 1day / 5hours
Highest Point 1,585m
Elevation Gain 702m
Horizontal Distance 11.6km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Traverse of Mt. Hakkoda from Ropeway to Sukayu Onsen (hot spring)
From JR Shin-Aomori Station, take a 1-hour bus ride bound for Lake Towada to the Hakkoda Ropeway bus stop. The ropeway ride to the summit of Mt. Tamoyachi takes about 10 minutes.