Plan Your Trip

Relax in Akita

Transportation :Rental car

Day 1

Tsuruoka・ Sakata area (Shonai Airport)

1 Mototaki Fukuryusui Underflow

The Mototaki Fukuryusui Underflow is a mystical waterfall that continuously flows from a deep-green moss-covered rock surface 30m in width and 5m in height, releasing snowmelt water that had traveled for many years from Mt. Chokai, a famous peak in Tohoku. The nature surrounding the waterfall that releases 50,000 tons of water a day has been captivating many photography enthusiasts.

2 Saiya Shuzouten /
Café & Shop Taya

Saiya Shuzouten
Saiya Shuzouten makes Yuki no Bosha, Akita’s signature sake, using Akita’s sake rice, abundant snowmelt water, self-cultivated yeast, and excellent craftsmanship.

Café & Shop Taya
Café & Shop Taya is a fermentation facility operated by the adjacent Saiya Shuzouten. Learn the charm of the local fermented food culture from the facility’s shops, cafes, galleries, and fermentation workshops.

3 Akinomiya Hot Spring Village

Akinomiya Hot Spring Village is a hidden gem that is said to be the oldest hot spring resort in Akita Prefecture. If you use a shovel to dig the river that flows near the hot spring, you can make your own footbath with the hot water that springs from the bottom of the river.

Day 2
1 Oyasukyo Gorge・Kawarage Jigoku・Kawarage Oyutaki

Oyasukyo Gorge
Oyasukyo is a V-shaped valley created by the fluvial erosion of the river banks. You can enjoy the view of fresh greenery in spring, vibrant foliage in autumn, and snowscape and huge icicles in winter. Go down the stairs of the canyon to see the “daifunto” spouting great jets of hot water and steam.

Kawarage Jigoku
Kawarage Jigoku is one of the Three Sacred Mountains in Japan, along with Mt. Osore in Aomori Prefecture and Mt. Tate in Toyama Prefecture. The strong smell of sulfur, jets of steam and volcanic gas burst everywhere, and the desolate landscape covered in gray lava is exactly like "Jigoku" (hell).

Kawarage Oyutaki
Kawarage Oyutaki is a rare hot spring in that the waterfall itself is a hot spring. The waterfall basin and mountain stream are all natural open-air baths, which can be enjoyed in the summer wearing a bathing suit.

2 Local Fermented Food & Café Kurawo / Inner Storehouse in Masuda Walk & Café

Shunsai Miso Chaya Kurawo is a café restaurant run by a koji (rice malt) shop and offers dishes that incorporate fermented ingredients using koji. Fermented products can also be purchased.

Masuda, the town of storehouses was once a merchant town that developed as a logistics hub. The town of Masuda still has many remnants of the traditional streets and storehouses that tell the story of its prosperous past.

3 Nyuto Hot Spring Village

Nyuto Hot Spring Village is a hidden gem highly esteemed even by Japanese people. The seven hot spring hotels are Tsurunoyu, Taenoyu, Ganiba, Ogama, Magoroku, Kuroyu, and Kyukamura. Each hotel has its own hot spring, while the hot spring village has over ten types of hot springs in total. The best way to experience the hot springs is to take the bus that travels around the hotels.

Day 3
1 Lake Tazawa

Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan and is famous for the golden statue of Tatsuko.

SUP Cruising on Lake Tazawa
SUP is an outdoor sport where the surfer stands on a large surfboard and rows using a paddle.
SUP experience on Lake Tazawa is a summer adventure on a crystal-clear lake surrounded by magnificent mountains.

Canoeing and Kayaking in Lake Tazawa
Canoeing and kayaking are fun adventure activities that can be enjoyed from spring to autumn. The fresh greenery and snow of the mountains can be admired during the spring, while the foliage transforms the trees into a beautiful scarlet color during the autumn.

2 Honey shop "Yama no Hachimitsuya"

Yama no Hachimitsuya is a pizza restaurant located inside a honey shop that is famous for its soft-served honey ice cream. It offers authentic brick-oven Neapolitan pizza baked using firewood.

3 Kakunodate Samurai Residence

The community of Kakunodate Samurai Residences began developing in 1620 as a residential area for samurais, and it still remains today. Several samurai residences are open to the public on Kakunodate Bukeyashiki Street having thick black wooden-fence built along.

A walk through the district gives different pleasures depending on the season: cherry blossoms in spring, greenery in the summer, vibrant foliage in autumn, and snow in the winter. “Tatetsuya” in the Samurai Residence offers rentals and dressing of Japanese kimonos of various designs, from which you can choose your favorite (reservation required). A walk through the Samurai Residence in a beautiful kimono will be a special memory of your trip.

Akita Airport


  • Mt. Moriyoshi Ani Ski Resort Snow Monster
    The crisp winter air smell permeates at Mt. Moriyoshi – plus views of snow monsters
  • Odate Magewappa Traditional Lunch Box Craftwork
    Craft a traditional Odate Magewappa Lunch Box with your hands
  • Akita Maiko
    Refresh at Matsushita Shubo bar following Akita Maiko Theater's modern-day maiko performance
  • Walk with an Akita Dog
    Feel the love while walking an Akita dog
  • Kawatsura Lacquerware Traditional Craft Center
    Akita's history can be felt in the beautiful artwork at Yuzawa's Kawatsura Lacquerware Traditional Craft Center
  • Kakunodate Night & Wanoi KAKUNODATE (Hotel)
    Witness wondrous Akita night views at Wanoi KAKUNODATE hotel

Back to Akita for all senses