How to go from Morioka to Aomori ? 

With a Japan Rail Pass

go north with the shinkansen 

Morioka and Mt Iwate with a Japan Rail Pass
The shinkansen line between Morioka and Aomori opened in 2010 and includes the famous 26.5 km long Hakkoda Tunnel. Shinkansen stops at Shin-Aomori where there are connections to Aomori by JR lines (4 mins).

This route is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, the JR East Pass Tohoku Area, the JR Tohoku South Hokkaido Rail Pass, the JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass.
0 KM - MORIOKA station
31 KM - 0H12- IWATE-NUMAKUNAI stationUnfortunately, the train runs almost exclusively through tunnels until this point, so it is not possible to enjoy the scenery.
The lake Towada in Autumn
66 km - 0H20 - NINOHE stationThe name Ninohe means ‘the second door’, because during medieval times, this part of Japan was divided into different political districts, each of them known as a ‘door’. For example the next stop, Hachinoe, means ‘the eighth door’.
96 km - 0H27 - HACHINOE stationA good spot to observe the shinkansen running at high speed is the ‘South Bridge’ waiting area as you come up from the shinkansen platforms. It overlooks the tracks so you can see the train speeding into the distance. If you want to step out of the station, you can visit the Hachinohe Seafood Market, where you can buy fresh seafood and have a nice charcoal BBQ meal. Change here for Lake Towadako (see below). 
The musuem of art in Towada
133 KM - 0H45 - SHICHINOHE-TOWADA stationThis is the shinkansen station of Shichinohe City.
178 km -1H - SHIN-AOMORI stationThis is the  shinkansen station of Aomori City. From Shin-Aomori, the shinkansen carry on to Hakodate
182 km  - 1H15- AOMORI station
The LAKE TOWADAKO is at the top of a 400-meter-high forested mountain on the border between Aomori and Akita. It is a dual crater lake that was formed by the caving in of a volcano mouth, formed by a giant eruption. With a depth of 327 meters, the lake is the third deepest in Japan and its water is so translucent that you can see down to 10 meters. Towadako is a popular autumn colors destination, especially along the Oirase Stream at the lake’s eastern shore, one of Japan’s most famous spots to see autumn foliage. Towadako’s shores remain largely undeveloped with the exception of the small town of Yasumiya.

TOWADA ART CENTER : It is a museum of contemporary art, where each work has its own showroom. 

The JR Tohoku Bus bound for Towadako, accessible with a Japan Rail Pass, makes stops along the Oirase Stream before terminating in Yasumiya. 

discover morioka
What to see in Morioka ?

What to see ?
Morioka is a busy commercial and industrial city ringed by mountains. To savor the richness of its alpine landscapes, head for the Iwate Koen. This park, large enough to get lost in, provides a magnificient panoramic view of the whole of Morioka and famous Mt. Iwate. It features an astonishing variety of flowers and trees, shady groves, streams and beautiful colors in every season. To get there from the JR Morioka Station, cross the Kai-un Bridge. There are three streets that meet there; walk straight down the middle one.
Where to stay in Morioka ?

Where to stay ?
A simple, yet comfortable hotel well located to explore the city. Just a few minutes walk from Morioka Station. Special discount for Japan Rail Pass holders. 1-44 Morioka, Ekimae-dori, Morioka-shi, Iwate, 020-0034 
Tel : 01-9625-1211 /  http://www.jrhotelgroup.com/en/105.html

HOTEL SHION つなぎ温泉 ホテル紫苑
Located on the east side of Morioka, you can relax in their natural hot spring bath. They have Western-style and Japanese-style rooms available. There is a great view of the lake from the hotel. 74-2 Yunodate, Tsunagi, Morioka, Iwate, 020-0055 
Tel : 01-9689-2288/ http://www.hotel-shion.com/
Where to eat in Morioka ?

Where to eat ?
HOT JAJA ホットジャジャ
Taste Morioka’s famous noodle dish, Jaja-men, right next to the station. From Morioka Station’s south exit, head straight onto Route 2. The restaurant will be on the left, its name written in English on a bright red and green cloth sign. 
Open daily, 10 a.m. to midnight. 
Tel : 01-9606-1068 /http://www.pyonpyonsya.co.jp/shop/shop11

Morioka’s other famous noodles, Rei-men, are cold noodles served with beef, vegetables, kimchi, and a slice of fruit. Pyon Pyon Sha specializes in Rei-men and is located right next to the station. From Morioka Station’s south exit, head straight onto Route 2, then take the first left. Pyon Pyon Sha is on the left. Open daily, 11 a.m. to midnight.
Tel : 01-9606-1067/ http://www.pyonpyonsya.co.jp/shop/shop02

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