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Akita is the birthplace of the world famous Akita breed of dog.
Also known for its unique culture, the traditional folklore Namahage, in which a demon in an ogre mask makes the rounds of people's homes, is a distinctive Akita winter event.
Akita is also home to many original dishes, such as kiritanpo, mashed rice wrapped around a stick; inaniwa udon, said to be one of the three famous udon in Japan; and nabe hotpots using with shottsuru, a locally-made fish sauce.
Popular among tourists is Nyuto Onsen, a nearly undiscovered hot spring deep in the mountains of eastern Akita.
Although you can drop by for a soak, spend the night and relax.
Nearby is Japan's deepest lake, Lake Tazawa, and its sapphire blue water is an incredibly mystical sight.
The Akita Kanto Festival held in the summer is one of the three great festivals of the Tohoku region, and the sight of the 15 meter high bamboo poles winding their way down the main street oozes beauty and power.

Getting from Tokyo to AKITA

Route 1

  • Haneda airport → Akita airport: Approximately 1 hour 5 minutes

Route 2

  • JR Tokyo station → JR Akita station: Minimum travelling time 3 hours 37 minutes by Akita shinkansen

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    This journey introduces a wide range of destinations that you can enjoy, from sightseeing spots in Tokyo to hot springs in Tohoku where you can soak and relax. Come and tour the sights of Japan, both old and new, such as symbols of Tokyo like the TOKYO SKYTREE and Sensoji Temple, a Matsushima sightseeing cruise, and one of Japan's National Important Cultural Properties at Hirosaki Park. By utilizing Unlimited Rides Passes, you can save on transportation costs and travel around to many locations at an unbeatable price.
    This journey introduces a spiritual trip where you can experience the rich nature of Tokyo and the Tohoku region, as well as the culture and history that are associated with them. In the first half of this journey you will visit spiritual and cultural spots of Tokyo (Mt. Takao, shrines, and temples, etc.), and in the second half of this journey you will explore the faith and history of the Tohoku region. This is a long journey, for a total of 13 days, so relax and enjoy it while resting both your body and soul.
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