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Akita

Approximately 3 hours 40 minutes from Tokyo to Akita on the Akita Shinkansen

Located in the Tohoku Region, Akita Prefecture is home to a great number of famous sightseeing spots and specialty products, such as the Nyuto Hot Spring Village, popular among seekers of out-of-the-way hot springs, sake made from premium rice and water, Yokote yakisoba, Akita culture and Shirakami-Sanchi, a World Heritage Site.

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Last Updated: 2021-8-26

Travel for less to Akita by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

Recommended Sights

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Map of Akita

Picture of Resort Shirakami

Resort Shirakami

The Resort Shirakami on the Gono Line
The Resort Shirakami runs along the coastline between Akita and Aomori Prefectures.
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Picture of the Godzilla Rock

Godzilla Rock

Godzilla Rock
Godzilla Rock at Shiose Point resembles Godzilla roaring at the sea.
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Picture of Kakunodate Samurai District

The Samurai Mansions of Kakunodate

The Samurai Mansions of Kakunodate
Outside the gate of the Kakunodate House, one of the samurai homes from the Edo Period.
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Picture of Oyasukyo Valley

Oyasukyo Valley

Oyasukyo Valley
Hot steam billows from the earth at Oyasukyo-onsen, a valley of hot springs.
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Picture of Hachimantai

Hachimantai

Hachimantai
The wilderness of Onuma in the Hachimantai area
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Picture of Nyuto Hot Spring Village

Tsurunoyu Onsen at Nyuto Hot Spring Village

Tsurunoyu Onsen at Nyuto Hot Spring Village
Nyuto Hot Spring Village is a collection of seven hot springs at the foot of Mount Nyuto in Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The oldest of the hot springs in Nyuto Hot Spring Village, Tsurunoyu Onsen, is filled with a historical ambience.
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Picture of Statue of Tatsuko at Lake Tazawa

The Statue of Tatsuko at Lake Tazawa

The Statue of Tatsuko at Lake Tazawa
This bronze statue commemorates a girl who, according to legend, was transformed into a dragon ("tatsu" in Japanese) because she wished for eternal youth and beauty. The statue is on the shore of Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan at 423.4 meters.
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Picture of Dakigaeri Valley

Dakigaeri Valley

Dakigaeri Valley
The river running through Dakigaeri Valley is a unique green color, and on either side are old-growth trees and cliffs with waterfalls. The area is famous for its green spring growth and autumn leaves.
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Akita Model Sightseeing Course

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Akita: Visit Japan's deepest Lake Tazawa, Nyuto Hot Spring Village, Kakunodate Samurai District, and Dakigaeri Valley2 Days 1 Night

This 2-day 1-night course includes a stroll around Japan's deepest lake and a valley famous for its green spring growth and autumn leaves, a visit to the samurai district, and a chance to unwind in the baths of a famous hot spring town.

2 Days 1 Night Model Course

First Day
7:30Take the Akita Shinkansen Komachi from Tōkyō Station. 
10:30Take a 10-minute ride on the Ugo Kotsu Bus from Tazawako Station to the shore of Lake Tazawa.
12:001Enjoy lunch on the shore of Lake Tazawa.
13:00Stroll around Lake Tazawa. 
15:00Take the Ugo Kotsu Bus2to Nyuto Hot Spring Village and check in at the inn.
Second Day
8:00Take the Ugo Kotsu Bus to Tazawako Station, then get on the Akita Shinkansen from Tazawako Station to Kakunodate Station.
9:303Take a stroll around the Kakunodate Samurai District.
12:004Enjoy Akita's specialty Inaniwa udon lunch.
13:00Take a 20-minute ride by taxi to Dakigaeri Valley.
13:305Take a stroll around Dakigaeri Valley.
16:00Take a taxi to Kakunodate Station.

Route Map

A Map of Akita Model Sightseeing Course

Akita: Enjoy the Namahage performance, Oga Onsen, and the Oga area2 Days 1 Night

Experience all that Akita's Oga area has to offer with this plan. Watch the Oga Namahage performance, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, and enjoy the hot springs and scenic ocean views.

2 Days 1 Night Model Course

First Day
6:30Take the Akita Shinkansen Komachi from Tōkyō Station.
10:30Transfer to the Oga Line at Akita Station and head to Oga Station.
12:001Enjoy lunch around Oga Station.
13:30Take the Namahage Shuttle Bus to the Shinzan area.
14:302Watch the Namahage performance at the Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum.
17:30Take the Namahage Shuttle Bus3to Oga Onsen Village and check in at the inn.
Second Day
8:30Take the Namahage Shuttle Bus4to Oga Aquarium GAO.
11:00Take the Namahage Shuttle Bus5to Cape Nyudo.
11:305Enjoy lunch at Cape Nyudo.
12:30Take a stroll around Cape Nyudo.
13:30Take the Namahage Shuttle Bus to Oga Station.
15:30Take the Oga Line to Akita Station.

Route Map

A Map of Akita Model Sightseeing Course

Travel for less to Akita by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

Local Cuisine

  • Picture of Yokote yakisoba

    Yokote yakisoba
    Yakisoba is a dish of the common people that is loved by the Japanese. The Yokote version of this dish is characterized by thick, straight noodles. Served with a runny fried egg on top, this Yokote favorite is served with fukujin-zuke, vegetables picked in soy sauce.
  • Picture of a Kiritanpo-nabe

    Kiritanpo-nabe
    The kiritanpo is made by mashing cooked rice and then forming it into the shape of a corn dog on a stick. It is then roasted until just slightly golden. Cooked in a soup made with hinai freerange chicken, the resulting kiritanpo-nabe (hot pot) is a special winter attraction of Akita.
  • Picture of Akita sake

    Akita sake
    Akita Prefecture has the three things required to make sake: rice, water and expert brewers. The climate of Akita is ideal for growing rice with exceptional taste. Also, blessed with quality water flowing in the class A rivers, Akita Prefecture is home to passionate brewers that produce sake of a caliber found only in Akita.

Take a train through Akita and see the Tohoku region

JOYFUL TRAINS
The Joyful Train lineup at JR EAST makes riding fun. Discover stunning scenery with the Resort Shirakami.

Route map of Akita

Resort Shirakami: Between Aomori and Akita Stations

Stunning seaside scenery along the Gono line

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Shirakami-Sanchi and the Sea of Japan, while taking part in special events and shopping for local specialties such as sake, coffee brewed with natural water sourced from the Shirakami-Sanchi, confectioneries, and much more inside the train.

Travel for less to Akita by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

Enjoy Hokkaido (Sapporo and Hakodate) as well! 6 days of unlimited travel for ¥27,000

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