Sorry for my late reply!
Thank you for all the bus information and the links!
I will be taking the JR bus from Hachinohe station. I will be arriving at Hachinohe station from Kakunodate on 26th Oct, and planning to take the JR bus from Hachinohe to Towadako.
As you have suggested, if I take this train, I will be able to catch the 13.20 bus from Hachinohe to Towadako:https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/japan-rail-pass/?p=0&xpd=1&from=Kak...
JR East Tohoku pass will be utilized for this day. I will be staying near Towadako till 29th Oct.
Initially, I had planned of taking train till Aomori, stay near Jogakura and travel to Towadako. But thought it will be very tedious to travel in bus with my luggage.
27th, 28th Oct:
One day planning to spend in Oirase stream hiking and Lake Towada.
The second day I am planning to visit Tsutanuma, Jogakura bridge (if possible).
Leave Towadako to Sendai.
Shuttle buses run frequently between Yakeyama and Yasumiya via Nenokuchi from 26 to 29 October, this year. You have already known that, haven't you?
- I was not aware of this special bus. Thanks for sharing this information!
Can you please help me with the below doubts:
1. Do we need to reserve the JR bus tickets for travel from Hachinohe station to Towada lake?
2. For 27th and 28th, do we need to reserve for the JR bus? Or can we hop on and hop off anywhere in between? For example, I would like to start from Towada and get down at Tsuta onsen bus stop. Then, would like to board the next bus and travel till Jogakura-onsen bus stop. After that, would like to return to Towada for the end of the day. Is this possible to do with public transport, or is it too much of a stretch?
Btw, this is my final itinerary for this trip:
19-Oct Fly from home
20-Oct Land in Narita at 7.35am, Travel from Tokyo to Nikko
23-Oct Nikko to Kakunodate*
24-Oct Kakunodate - Nairiku line
25-Oct Kakunodate - Dakigaeri gorge (and Tazawako, if time permits)
26-Oct Kakunodate to Towadako*
27-Oct Towadako - Oirase stream, Towada lake
28-Oct Towadako - Tsutanuma, Jogakura bridge (return to Towadako for the night)
29-Oct Towadako to Sendai*
30-Oct Sendai - Yamadera
31-Oct Sendai - Matsushima or Jogi Nyorai
1-Nov Sendai to Aizu Wakamatsu*
2-Nov Aizu Wakamatsu - Ouchijuku, Tono Hetsuri
3-Nov Aizu Wakamatsu - Tadami line
4-Nov Aizu Wakamatsu to Tokyo*
5-Nov Fly from Narita to home
* - days of usage of JR East Tohoku pass