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A bus tour to enjoy a 360-degree view of the Oirase Gorge, a sacred place for autumn leaves

2020.09.18

The only resort hotel “Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel” built along the Oirase Keiryu will carry out the “Autumn Leaves Premium Open Bus Tour” from October 18th to 31st, 2020. .. Autumn leaves peak from mid-October to early November every year, and about 700,000 people (* 1) visit the Oirase Gorge and its surroundings. Although it is a time of increasing bustle, this tour, which is held in the early morning, allows you to enjoy the autumn leaves from a new perspective while feeling the tranquility and clear air that are completely different from the daytime.

In addition, because the open-air double-decker bus runs along the mountain stream, you can fully enjoy the exhilaration of running through nature and the 360-degree view, and just by taking the bus, the national park is rich. It is also a feature that you can enjoy nature. This tour has been realized in partnership with Hinomaru Motor Co., Ltd., which develops a two-story open top bus tour “Sky Bus Tokyo” in Tokyo. This is the first bus tour in Japan that runs along a mountain stream where you can fully enjoy the autumn colors.

We have been studying a new way to enjoy a trip that thoroughly avoids three-cs, as the way of the “with corona era” that will be prolonged. The Okuirase mountain stream that flows in front of the hotel is located in Towada Hachimantai National Park, and is designated as a special protected area, natural monument, and special scenic spot of the national park.

In this place with such abundant nature, we want you to experience the nature of the Oirase Gorge and refresh yourself while avoiding the three crowds, so we partnered with Hinomaru Motor Co., Ltd. for this tour. It came to development. We will outsource the bus operation to the local bus company Towada Kanko Electric Railway Co., Ltd., and we would like to work together with the local tourism industry to overcome the protracted “with corona era.”
* 1: 2018 Aomori Prefecture Tourism Visitor Statistics

Hunting autumn leaves while feeling the autumn breeze

The Oirase Gorge, which reaches the peak of autumn colors, is crowded with many tourists every year, and the roads are congested during the day, so it is difficult to enjoy the autumn colors hunting slowly.

On the other hand, since this tour starts early in the morning when there is little movement of people, there are few signs of cars, and you can enjoy the moment when the morning sun reaches the mountain stream and the autumn leaves shine the most. The beauty of nature is once in a lifetime, and the colors of the autumn leaves bathed in the morning sun add color and contrast, further enhancing the beauty of the mountain stream.

In addition, after passing through the tunnel of autumn leaves while listening to the murmuring of the mountain stream and the barking of wild birds, we will serve champagne in front of Lake Towada, the origin of the Oirase mountain stream. The scenery of Lake Towada in Kinshu, where the autumn leaves of Sotowayama and the morning sun are combined, is also a masterpiece. In addition, you can choose from 10 unique types of champagne selected by the sommelier, and you can spend a luxurious time with your favorite champagne.

A new experience overlooking the autumn leaves from above

The Oirase Gorge is a U-shaped valley, and the roads and promenades on which buses run are at the bottom of the valley, so it has been common to see the autumn leaves from below.
The bus on this tour is a two-story bus with seats higher than ordinary buses, so you can feel the autumn leaves of tall trees that you could only see from a distance. You can enjoy the autumn leaves from a new perspective that has never been seen before.

When you actually participate, you will be surrounded by trees and rock walls that are about 30 meters high or more, and you will feel as if you are going through a tunnel of autumn leaves. Not only those who visit the Oirase Gorge for the first time, but also the locals who usually watched from the inside of the car can enjoy the autumn leaves hunting from their own perspectives, away from the hustle and bustle of the daytime.

Surrounded by a 360-degree view, you can refresh your body and soul by feeling the autumn colors and nature with your whole body.

Enjoy with peace of mind with thorough infection prevention measures

In this tour, we have taken the following “hygiene management” and measures to avoid three crowds so that you can participate in the tour with peace of mind.

Hygiene management
・ Wearing masks for drivers and staff
・ Install alcohol at the entrance
・ Before each flight departs, disinfect the handrails, seat belts, windowpanes, and seats in the car.
3 Measures to avoid denseness
・ Seat layout to maintain social distance by thinning out seats

Sky Bus Tokyo

Started operation in Tokyo in 2004 as Japan’s first two-story open top bus tour. It features a view from the open seats where you can enjoy a 360-degree view.

While getting on the bus, you will tour the city with the fun guidance of the bus attendant while making full use of the scenery from a different perspective, the wind and sound transmitted directly, the scent and the five senses. Recently, it has also been used in professional sports championship parades.

Overview of "Autumn Leaves Premium Open Bus Tour"

period: October 18-31, 2020
place: Oirase Gorge (round trip from Yakiyama to Nenokuchi)
time: 7:00~8:30
Price: 3,500 yen (tax included) per person
Number of seats: 26 people (unreserved seats)
Minimum number of participants: 1 person
Reservation: Advance reservation required
Accepted locally by the official website or 18:00 the day before
Target: For guests only
* The number of seats for guests of “Hoshino Resort Aomoriya” and “Hoshino Resort Kai Tsugaru”
Limited sale. For details, refer to the official website of each facility.
age limit: It is possible to ride from 4 years old and over to ensure safety.
Remarks: It will be canceled in case of rain.

Hoshino Resorts promotes micro tourism as a way of traveling during the with corona period. Micro tourism is a way of traveling within a short distance, as opposed to a “journey” that imagines a distant place or overseas.

We hope that you will stay at this hotel where you can fully enjoy the culture and hot springs of Aomori Prefecture, rediscover the charm of the area, and enjoy a trip full of unprecedented awareness that will deepen your attachment to the local area.

Highest level corona countermeasure declaration

[1] Hygiene management
At Hoshino Resorts, as part of our corona measures, we take the following measures in consideration of our customers’ health and public health.
・ Check-in temperature measurement and overseas travel history
・ In addition to normal room cleaning, cleaning and wiping with alkaline electrolyzed water inside the hotel
・ Alcohol for sterilization is installed in various places in the building
・ Rubbing alcohol for hand disinfection is installed in all guest rooms
・ Alcohol disinfection of hands to all customers when entering the restaurant
・ High-temperature cleaning of tableware (plates, glasses) and cutlery (80 degrees or higher), disinfection cleaning of meal trays
・ Install partitions such as panels and vinyl sheets on the front
・ Wear a mask when serving customers in the hall
・ Thorough management of staff health and hygiene (temperature measurement and record confirmation before going to work)

[2] 3 Dense avoidance
We are taking the following measures to create a stay that avoids the three “denseness” of closed, dense, and close.
・ Implementation of 3 dense visualization services that show the degree of congestion in the large communal bath on a smartphone (partial)
・ Restrictions on admission and entry in places where congestion is confirmed during your stay
・ Manage restaurant congestion and decentralize entry time
・ At the time of check-out front payment, entry restrictions will be implemented as appropriate.
・ Check-in support in guest rooms (Hoshinoya Kai)

>[Hoshino Resort] Corona measures summary

Hoshino Resorts Oirase Keiryu Hotel
The only resort hotel located along the Oirase Gorge. The open-air bath where the mountain stream spreads out in front of you and the huge fireplace made by Taro Okamoto create an impressive lobby that creates a healing space. With the concept of “mountain stream slow life”, we will create a truly satisfying stay.

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