Hakkoda Ropeway station is located on the way to Sukayu Onsen Ryokan 60 minutes from the Aomori city center by public bus. The service sometimes stops in winter because of heavy wind. You can check the service available in the homepage in Japanese. The homepages are also supplied by other languages, for example, English.
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Bus runs just three times a day
The bus runs from Aomori city center to Sukayu Onsen Ryokan just three times a day in winter season. If you arrive at the airport, firstly you go to the city center, then go to the Ryokan. And if you stay at the Ryokan, the private bus service is available. It is necessary to reserve the bus seat in advance. Recently, taxi sharing service from the airport to the Ryokan is available. If you want to go to the Hakkoda ropeway from the Ryokan, the private bus is available. It is also necessary the bus seat in advance. You can reserve it at the reception of the Inn.
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Traveling through the Tohoku region can be as rewarding as it is frustrating. The area certainly holds many hidden delights but they remain troublesome to get to. Actually many locals will be ill informed of what their town has to offer and it will taking some real sleuthing to discover the wonders of this area.
With that being said, to truly explore this area it would be wise to rent a car and travel on your own. Public transportation is spotty at best and will only get to the very major tourist spots in this area, usually in an untimely fashion as well. In addition, tour groups are even worse at directing people to really amazing sites in this area, which why most Japanese have an unfavorable view of this area.
Certainly if you’ve decided to visit the Tohoku area it is out of a desire to see a hidden and out of the way part of Japan. Really go for it and explore the area with vigor and independence.
(I have posted this tip on all my pages in the Tohoku area so as to reach a larger group of people. The multiple reproductions are not a mistake.)
Traveling on the Shinkansen.
It takes about 2 hrs 15 mins by the Hatsukari LEX (Limited Express) from Morioka to Aomori. This train ends at Hakodate which is another 2 hours from Aomori.
About 5 hours by Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo.
Tohoku JR Bus.
It takes about 2+ hours from Aomori to Oirase (Nenokuchi) where one can board the boat to cruise around Lake Towada (40 mins cruise).
As of the end of 2010, Aomori is now connected to Tokyo by the bullet train. The Shinkansen network now extends from Kagoshima in the south to Shin-Aomori in the north, a distance of over 2000km.