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Special Feature AKITA JAPAN THE ENJOYABLE WAY

"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.

DAY 1
10:10

1

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.

Access:
About 1 hour by Airport Liner from Akita Airport / About 20 minutes on foot from JR Kakunodate Station
Address:
Kakunodatemachi, Semboku, Akita Prefecture
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Kakunodate is known as the "Little Kyoto of Michinoku," and apart from the scenery you can also enjoy Japanese cuisine and confectionary.

27 min.

13:30

2

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.

Access:
About 12 minutes by bus from JR Tazawako Station (get off at "Tazawa Kohan")
Address:
Tazawako, Semboku, Akita Prefecture
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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.

35 min.

16:30

3

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.

Access:
About 45 minutes by bus from JR Tazawako Station (get off at "Kyukamura Mae")
Address:
Tazawako, Semboku, Akita Prefecture
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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.

2 hours

DAY 2
13:30

4

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.)

Open:
9:30~16:30 (Closed December 29 to January 3)
Access:
15 minutes on foot from JR Akita Station
Address:
1-3-30 Omachi, Akita
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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.

10 min.

15:20

5

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.

Open:
10:00~18:00
No scheduled holidays (occasionally closed for maintenance temporarily)
Access:
About 10 minutes on foot from JR Akita Station
Address:
1-4-2 Nakadori, Akita
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The view from the lounge on the second floor is spectacular. Enjoy this surreal space while taking a coffee break.

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Provided by Kuniyuki Tashiro
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