Sapporo / Hakodate / Asahikawa / Obihiro / Kushiro / Rishiri / Okushiri / Abashiri
Japan’s northernmost island and an outdoor lover’s paradise
Kakunodate / Tazawa / Nyuto Onsen
Relax among mountains and lakes in summer, or be dazzled by the winter snow while enjoying unique, northern cuisine.
Morioka / Hiraizumi / Tono
Stunning in all four seasons, Iwate is full of opportunities to enjoy great food and festivals, as well as magnificent scenery.
Yamagata Prefecture / Fukushima Prefecture / Aomori Prefecture
Sceneries, history, cuisine, skiing and hiking... enjoy a trip that will rejuvenate your soul.
Sado-ga-shima / Naeba / Myoko Kogen / Echigo-yuzawa-Onsen
The land of snow, hot springs and fine sake
Narita / Tokyo Disneyland
The gateway to Japan. Packed with great spots for sightseeing where are easily accessible from the capital.
Shinjuku / Akihabara / Asakusa
Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis
Nagoya / Inuyama / Seto / Nishio /
Toyota / Tokoname / Himaka Island /
Toyokawa / Okazaki
The center of Japanese technology that has prospered as a manufacturing base since ancient times.
Kii Peninsula / Ise
Most sacred shrine, Excellent pearls, and Samurai theme park. Touch the tradition and history.
Arashiyama / Gion / Kurama
The traditional and cultural heart of Japan
Umeda / Namba / Shin-Sekai
One of Japan’s major cities and home of good eating
Fukui / Katsuyama / Obama / Tsuruga / Awara
Sample seafood delicacies such as Echizen crab and puffer fish, as you soak yourself in the history of Fukui’s many heritage sites.
Kobe / Toyooka / Himeji / Kinosaki
Enjoy tradition, modernity, sightseeing spots and culinary delights
Shimane Prefecture / Tottori Prefecture
Iya Valley / Tsurugi-san
Hidden springs and fantastic scenery amid pristine natural surroundings.
Shimanto City / Ashizuri-misaki
Combining unspoiled natural beauty with a tropical climate
Miyajima / Iwakuni / Tomo-no-ura / Onomichi
Steeped in history and a symbol of peace the world over
Uwajima / Matsuyama / Ishizuchi-san
Fresh fruit and fish. Tour some of the castle, explore the history.
Fukuoka / Dazaifu
Many sights to see and delicious cuisine. Fukuoka leaves you satisfied every time.
Karatsu / Imari / Arita
Experience breath-taking natural scenery and traditional crafts. A trip with delighting surprises around every corner.
Kumamoto / Aso-san / Kurokawa-Onsen
Surround yourself with nature and taste gourmet flavors you will find nowhere else.
Kirisima-Yaku National Park / Satsuma Peninsula / Amami Islands
The home of historic heroes and a living volcanic landscape. Toast with delicious shochu and sample the unique Kagoshima cuisine.
Osumi Island / Miyako Island / Yaeyama Islands
Japan’s tropical side offering a unique culture and history
Iwakuni / Yamaguchi / Hagi / Shimonoseki / Mine / Ube / Hofu / Yanai
Westernmost end of Japan's main island, Honshu. Walk through the history with great food, sake and lots of superb views.
"Travel to fertile Akita - See the countryside at its best"
Japanese aesthetic sense has always been closely connected to nature and lifestyle.
Akita offers a true cornucopia of natural beauty, letting you experience rustic life as never before.
Kakunodate's Bukeyashiki-dori(About 3 hours required)
Established by Yoshikatsu Ashina in 1620, Kakunodate became a thriving castle town of the Northern Satake clan. This street featuring a series of samurai residences was once called "Uchimachi," and it still retains the charm of that era. The main street of the Bukeyashiki quarter is designated as a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, and it is also protected as a cultural asset. The wide road is lined with blackboard walls and dense groves of large cherry and momi fir trees. Six samurai residences are currently open to the public, offering a fascinating glimpse at life back in that time.
Kakunodate is known as the "Little Kyoto of Michinoku," and apart from the scenery you can also enjoy Japanese cuisine and confectionary.
Tazawako(About 2 hours required)
Tazawako is a near circular lake with a circumference of around 20 km, known for its azure surface and the legend of Princess Tatsuko. It is the deepest lake in Japan at 423.4 meters. The shining gold statue of Tatsuko with the clear lake water in the background is a sight to behold.
The north shore of the lake features a number of famous and historic sites, such as the Gozanoishi Shrine where Tatsuko is enshrined. There are also many leisure spots where you can experience the wonders of nature from season to season, whether driving, cycling, or on a sightseeing boat.
Tazawako is the deepest lake in Japan, and the surface doesn't freeze even in the middle of winter. It is a truly mystical lake.
Nyuto OnsenkyoLodging and around 2.5 hours of time at Nyuto hot springs (depart lodging facilities at 9:00 the next day)
Nyuto Onsenkyo is the collective term for seven hot springs dotted around the foot of Mount Nyuto in Towada-Hachimantai National Park (Ogama Onsen, Ganiba Onsen, Kyukamura Nyuto Onsenkyo, Kuroyu Onsen, Taenoyu Onsen, Tsurunoyu Onsen, and Magoroku Onsen). This little-known hot spring area surrounded by virgin beech forest is one of Japan's finest. The seven hot springs each have a unique wellspring of their own, covering a wide variety of properties. We recommend the "Nyuto Yu Meguri Cho" pass that lets you try all seven. The "Yu Meguri Go" bus that shuttles bathers between sites also offers convenience at a reasonable price.
*The "Nyuto Yu Meguri Cho" pass can only be purchased by those lodging at Nyuto Onsenkyo.
These hot springs are one of Akita's best kept secrets. When the leaves change color in autumn the surrounding hills turn a brilliant scarlet.
Akita City Folk Traditions Hall (Neburi Nagashi Kan)(About 30 minutes required)
Each year the Akita Kanto Festival is held between August 3 and August 6. With a history of over 260 years, it is now designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan. Kanto poles sometimes as heavy as 50 kg are raised aloft by bearers who perform a variety of techniques.
Although the Akita Kanto Festival is held just once a year, the Neburi Nagashi Kan features challenge corners where you can experience Kanto poles yourself, conjuring up a festival atmosphere at any time. Depending on the time of year, you can also view Kanto pole performances there.
(*Check the Neburi Nagashi Kan site for details.)
At Neburi Nagashi Kan you can try out Kanto poles yourself and view Kanto pole performances. Don't miss this chance to experience Akita's foremost festival.
Akita Museum of Art(About 45 minutes required)
The Akita Museum of Art was designed by Tadao Ando, one of Japan's most prominent architects. It features a spiral staircase without wall supports or pillars, and an open plan lounge space when you can view beautiful scenery out across a pond. The entrance hall with its large triangular atrium is also worth seeing. Inside there are works from the famous painter Tsuguharu Fujita on display, along with exhibitions from a range of other artists. One particularly eye-catching piece by Fujita is a 20 meter wide mural called "Akita no Gyoji," which depicts various activities integral to life in Akita.
The view from the lounge on the second floor is spectacular. Enjoy this surreal space while taking a coffee break.
Provided by Kuniyuki Tashiro
Akita Regional Office
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