Take a bus through Iwate, and experience Hachimantai A trekking trip to the summit just for you

Hachimantai summit area map

In spring, the sakura blossoms and the snow corridor towers over roads. In summer, the mysterious Hachimantai Dragon Eye forms under a gorgeous blue sky, nestled among thick alpine vegetation. In autumn, such foliage takes on a deep spectrum of fall colors.
And through it all, season by season, an unforgettable wind blows.
This is trekking around Mt. Hachimantai and Mt. Iwate.

Two new bus routes will be operating from Spring through to Autumn: one between the Hachimantai Onsenkyo area and the Mt. Hachimantai Summit, and one that will bring visitors all the way from Morioka to the summit. With access to famous and hidden springs along the way, why not give this rejuvenating journey a try?

※The Hachimantai Shizensansaku Bus (Hachimantai Nature Exploration Bus) is separated into “Spring” and “Summer & Autumn” operations. Timetables and routes will differ between the two.
※Trail guides typically cost extra, but they are available at no additional cost when you take the Hachimantai Nature Trail Bus.
※The standard commuter bus bound for Mt. Hachimantai Summit operates on the same seasonal schedule as as the “Summer & Autumn” Hachimantai Shizensansaku Bus (Hachimantai Nature Exploration Bus), from early June to mid-October.
※The standard commuter bus bound for Mt. Hachimantai Summit does not operate during the season the “Spring” Hachimantai Shizensansaku Bus (Hachimantai Nature Exploration Bus) is in operation.

Bus Timeschedule 2022

Hachimantai Summit Bus (Commuter Bus)

Bus A21 connects Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and Mt. Hachimantai Summit via the Aspite Line mountain road.
Bus A22 returns in the opposite direction along the Jukai Line.
Bus A23 runs a full circuit, connecting Hachimantai Mountain Hotel and the mountain summit first by ascending the Aspite Line, then returning via the Jukai Line.
Bus A24 departs from the Matsuo Mine Archive Museum, ascending to the Mt. Hachimantai summit along the Jukai Line and then proceeding down the Aspite Line. The above bus routes can be used to enjoy both Mt. Hachimantai Summit and the Hachimantai Onsenkyo area.

Whether you’re traveling from Morioka for a trekking trip, visiting parks or the mountain summit, the bus routes are flexible enough to match your plans.
※In operation from early June to mid-October.

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Routes for Hachimantai Chojo (Mt. Hachimantai Summit) & Gozaisho

Routes for Hachimantai Chojo (Mt. Hachimantai Summit) & Gozaisho

Routes for Hachimantai Mountain Hotel

Routes for Hachimantai Mountain Hotel

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Hachimantai Shizensansaku Bus (Hachimantai Nature Exploration Bus)

Departing from JR Morioka Station, there are two types of Hachimantai Nature Trailbuses depending on the season.

The“Spring” bus will take riders through the Aspite Line Snow corridor to see the Hachimantai Dragon Eye, while the “Summer & Autumn” bus will transport you to vivid carpets of alpine flora in summer and blooming gentian flowers in autumn. Its exclusive bus ticket is also valid for a free tour of the summit by a certified guide.

An option for every situation

In order to suit the needs of as many different visitors and circumstances as possible, we’ve prepared three ticket options:
  • Day Trip Onsen & Nature Walk (Roundtrip tickets)
  • ¥1,350 per adult, ¥680 per child
  • Staying Overnight in Hachimantai Onsenkyo (Transit to and from Onsenkyo)
  • ¥1,900 per adult, ¥950 per child
  • Sakura Park – Mt. Hachimantai Summit – Gozaisho area unlimited rides (Hachimantai Area Free-use ticket, 1 day)
  • ¥1,350 per adult, ¥680 per child
Tickets can be purchased from Morioka Station’s East Exit Bus Counter, as well as hotels, inns and tourism/visitor centers in the area.

Bound for Hachimantai Chojo (Mt. Hachimantai Summit) & Gozaisho

Bound for: Hachimantai Chojo (Mt. Hachimantai Summit) & Gozaisho

Bound for Morioka Station East Exit

Bound for Morioka Station East Exit

Hachimantai Mountaintop Trekking Model Course

Hachimantai Mountaintop Trekking Model Course

Hiking Trip! Riding the Bus All the Way from Morioka to Hachimantai!

2021 Hachimantai Autumn Bus Trial Tour (10/13-10/14)

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【 Day 1 】 10/13(Wed)

❶ Bus Stop: Morioka Station Bus Platform #3 10:42 Departure

↓[A13] Bound for: Hachimantai Mountain Hotel

↓ A slow, relaxing journey – Let the bus take you there!

❷ Hachimantai Mountain Hotel 12:14 Arrival

↓ Unload baggage at hotel, head for lunch on foot

↓ (9min Walk)

❸ Northern Grande Hachimantai

↓(80min)

↓ A stylish space serving fine Iwate cuisine

❹ Strolling around Mori-no-Ōhashi & Matsukawa Genbu-Iwa

↓(90-120min)

↓ Witness Mori-no-Ōhashi’s autumn grandeur!

↓ See Genbu-iwa’s awesome scale first-hand!

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❺ Hachimantai Mountain Hotel ~16:20 Arrival

Treat yourself to a luxurious buffet, followed by an open-air “magma bath”

[ Hachimantai Mountain Hotel One Night ]

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【 Day 2 】10/14(Thu)

❺ Bus Stop: Hachimantai Mountain Hotel 08:15 Departure

↓ [A24] Bound for: Mt. Hachimantai Summit & Gozaisho

↓ Depart from hotel bus stop

❻ Bus Stop: Kuroyachi 9:10 Arrival

↓ The trek starts here!

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(A) Kuroyachi

↓Wander down the trail towards Kuroyachi

(B) Kuroyachi Observation Platform

↓ You can see the autumn colors spread out from the observation platform

(C) Gentamori

↓ The observation platform offers a 360-degree panoramic view

(D) Mt. Hachimantai Summit

↓ You’ve reached the top! Maybe take a commemorative photo?

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❼ Bus Stop: Mt. Hachimantai Summit (Hachimantai Summit Rest House) 11:50 Departure

↓[A22] Bound for: Hachimantai Mountain Hotel

↓ After your trek, take a bus from the summit stop

Bus Stop: Matsukawa-sō Entrance 12:19 Arrival

↓(110min)

↓ Arrive at Matsukawa-sō and try their famous salted charr grill!Take a dip in Matsukawa Onsen, one of the most well-known local springs.

❽ Bus Stop: Matsukawa-so 14:45 Departure

↓ [A11]Bound for: Morioka Bus Center

❾ Bus Stop: Morioka Station Bus Platform #3 16:35 Arrival

Finally, the bus will take you back to Morioka Station. What a nice trip!

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Nearby Shops and Cafes