The northern prefecture of Akita is a popular choice for outdoor adventurers and history buffs alike. The Hachimantai area offers a range of outdoor activities, while the fascinating and well-preserved samurai district in the town of Kakunodate offers a glimpse into Japan's feudal past. The snow huts of the Yokote Snow Festival and Japan’s national fireworks competition at Omagari draw hundreds of thousands of revelers each year.
Akita can be accessed by the JR Akita Shinkansen from Tokyo, Sendai and Morioka, as well as by car, local train and airplane from other areas in Japan.
Flights operated by JAL and ANA make Akita accessible from Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo and Tokyo. A flight from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Akita Airport is the easiest and quickest method of transport from Tokyo. The direct Komachi bullet train on the JR Akita Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Akita takes around four hours. There are hourly departures, and the journey is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass. There are also a number of long-distance buses from Tokyo to Akita. The journey takes around eight hours.
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Akita's springtime brings the bloom of thousands of cherry blossom trees, best enjoyed along the scenic rivers and in parks and among the historic samurai buildings in Kakunodate.
The hot summer is the perfect time to enjoy Akita’s many lakes and valleys, where crystal-clear blue water, boating activities and outdoor adventures await.
In fall Akita is energized with vibrant foliage, making it the perfect time to soak in outdoor onsen while appreciating the natural landscapes.
Though temperatures drop in winter, life heats up for people in Akita in the form of festivals celebrating fireworks, igloos and Japanese culture.