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Shirakami Sanchi is a collective term for a mountainous areas that extends from southwestern Aomori Prefecture to northwestern Akita Prefecture, covering about 130,000 hectares. Among them, 16,971 hectares is a native natural beech forest, untouched by humans and is known as the “core zone”. Shirakami Sanchi was registered as Japan's first World Natural Heritage in December 1993 along with Yakushima.

Sapporo / Hakodate

(total travel time: about 1 hr. 55 min.)

New Chitose Airport (CTS)

70
min

  • Daily departures available through All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Akita Airport (AXT)

45
min

  • Airport limousine busses depart regularly shortly after each flight arrival time.
  • The bus stop is located next to the arrival lobby exit.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 1 hr. 55 min.)

Sapporo Okadama Airport (OKD)

70
min

  • Daily departures available through Japan Airlines (JAL)

Akita Airport (AXT)

45
min

  • Airport limousine busses depart regularly shortly after each flight arrival time.
  • The bus stop is located next to the arrival lobby exit.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 12 hrs. 30 min.)

Akita Ferry Terminal

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro-Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro-Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 4 hrs.)

Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station

2
hrs.

  • Take the Hakodate Shinkansen to Shin-Aomori Station

Shin-Aomori Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (faster rout about 2 hrs.)

Transfer from Shinkansen Line to the Ou Line

JR East Train Time & Route Search

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By Sightseeing Train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (scenic route about 4 hrs.)

Take any Resort Shirakami train. These are special sightseeing trains that take you on a leisurely ride along the coast.

Resort Shirakami Travel Guide and Train Information

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 5 hrs. 55 min.)

Hakodate Ferry Terminal

3
hrs

40
min

  • Take the Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry to Aomori Ferry Terminal.

Aomori Ferry Terminal

2
hrs

  • Take the Aomori Kanko Bus from the ferry terminal to Aomori Station.

Aomori Station

2
hrs.

  • Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Aomori / Hirosaki

(total travel time: about 2 hrs. ~ 4 hrs. 45 min.)

Aomori Station

45
min

  • Take the Ou Line to Hirosaki Station

Hirosaki Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min)

Continue on the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Time & Route Search

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By Sightseeing Train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 4 hrs.)

Change to Gono Line and take one of three scenic trains on Resort Shirakami. Highly recommended for its beautiful scenic routes.

Resort Shirakami Travel Guide and Train Information

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 2 hrs.)

Aomori Station

2
hrs

10
min

  • Rent a car from one of the following companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Hachinohe

(total travel time: about 4 hrs.)

Hachinohe Station

2
hrs

  • Take the Aoimori Railway to Aomori Station

Aomori Station

2
hrs

  • Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 2 hrs. 40 min.)

Hachinohe Station

2
hrs

40
min

  • Driving route will take you on Hachinohe Expressway, Tohoku Expressway, and Akita Expressway.
  • Rent a car from one of the following companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Morioka

(total travel time: about 2 hrs. 40 min.)

Morioka Station

90
min

  • Take the Akita shinkansen to Akita station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 3 hrs. 40 min.)

Morioka Station

2
hrs

50
min

  • Take the Hanawa Line to Odate Station

Odate Station

50
min

  • Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 3 hrs. 10 min.)

Morioka Station

2
hrs.
20
min.

  • Take the Shuhoku Highway Bus "Michinoku" to Odate Station

Odate Station

50
min.

  • Transfer from bus to the Ou train line for Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 2 hrs. 40 min.)

Morioka Station

2
hrs.
40
min.

  • Rent a car near Morioka Station at one of the following car rental companies.
  • Take the Tohoku Expressway/Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Sendai

(total travel time: from about 3 hrs. 30 min.)

Sendai Station

2
hrs.
30
min.

  • Take the Akita shinkansen to Akita station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 4 hrs. 40 min.)

Sendai Station

5
min

  • Walk to the Miyagi Kotsu Sendai Highway Bus Center located 5 minute walk from Sendai Station.

Miyagi Kotsu Sendai Highway Bus Center

3
hrs.
35
min.

  • Take the Miyagi Kotsu Highway Bus to Akita Station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 3 hrs. 50 min.)

Sendai Station

3
hrs.
50
min.

  • Rent a car near Sendai Station at one of the following car rental companies.
  • Take the Tohoku Expressway/Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Yamagata

(total travel time: from about 5 hrs.)

Yamagata Station

65
min.

  • Take the Senzan Line to Sendai Station

Sendai Station

2
hrs.
30
min.

  • Take the Akita shinkansen to Akita station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 6 hrs.)

Yamagata Station

65
min.

  • Take the Senzan Line to Sendai Station

Sendai Station

5 min

  • Walk to the Miyagi Kotsu Sendai Highway Bus Center located 5 minute walk from Sendai Station.

Miyagi Kotsu Sendai Highway Bus Center

3
hrs.
35
min.

  • Take the Miyagi Kotsu Highway Bus to Akita Station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro-Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro-Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro-Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro-Station

(total travel time: from about 4 hrs. 55 min. )

Yamagata Station

65
min.

  • Take the Senzan Line to Sendai Station

Sendai Station

3 hrs. 50 min.

  • Rent a car near Sendai Station at one of the following car rental companies.
  • Take the Tohoku Expressway/Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 4 hrs. 30 min.)

Yamagata Station

50
min

  • Take the Yamagata Shinkansen to Shinjo Station

Shinjo Station

2
hrs.
30
min.

  • Transfer to the Ou Line to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro-Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro-Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro-Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro-Station

(total travel time: from about 5 hours)

Yamagata Station

70
min.

  • Take a highway bus with the Yamako Bus Company to Sendai Station.

Sendai Station

2
hrs.
30
min.

  • Take the Akita shinkansen to Akita station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro-Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro-Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro-Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro-Station

(total travel time: about 6 hrs.)

Yamagata Station

70
min.

  • Take a highway bus with the Yamako Bus Company to Sendai Station.

Sendai Station

5
min

  • Walk to the Miyagi Kotsu Sendai Highway Bus Center located 5 minute walk from Sendai Station.

Miyagi Kotsu Sendai Highway Bus Center

3
hrs.
35
min.

  • Take the Miyagi Kotsu Highway Bus to Akita Station.

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro-Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro-Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro-Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro-Station

(total travel time: about 3 hrs. 50 min.)

Yamagata Station

3
hrs.
50
min.

  • Rent a car near Yamagata Station at one of the following car rental companies.
  • Take the Tohoku Chuo Expressway/Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Tokyo

(total travel time: from about 2 hrs.)

Haneda Airport

70
min

  • Fly All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Odate-Noshiro Airport

Odate-Noshiro Airport

50
min

  • Take a share taxi to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 1 hr. 30 min.)

Haneda Airport

70
min

  • Fly All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Odate-Noshiro Airport

Odate-Noshiro Airport

20
min.

  • Take the airport limousine bus to Takanosu Station

Takanosu Station

24
min.

  • Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 2 hrs. 50 min.)

Haneda Airport

65
min

  • Fly All Nippon Airways (ANA) or Japan Airlines (JAL) to Akita Airport

Akita Airport

45
min.

  • Take an airport limousine bus from Akita Airport to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 4 hrs. 50 min.)

Tokyo Station

3
hrs.
40
min.

  • Take the Akita Shinkansen to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 10 hrs. 40 min.)

Ikebukuro Station

10
hrs.
40
min.

  • Take the Jupiter Line night bus with Shuhoku Bus Company to Noshiro Bus Station
  • Night buses depart in the evening and arrive the destination the next morning.

Noshiro Bus Station

(total travel time: about 12 hrs. 15 min.)

YCAT Yokohama City Air Terminal / Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal

12
hrs.
15
min.

  • Take the Kira Kira night bus to Noshiro Station
  • Night buses depart in the evening and arrive the destination the next morning.

Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 10hrs. 20 min.)

Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal

9
hrs.
10
min.

  • Take the Flora bus with Akita Chuo Kotsu

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: about 8 hrs.)

Tokyo Station

8
hrs.

  • Driving route will take you on Shuto Expressway, Tohoku Expressway, and Akita Expressway.
  • Rent a car from one of the following companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Nagoya

(total travel time: from about 3 hrs. 20 min.)

Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO)

85
min.

  • Fly All Nippon Airways (ANA) or Japan Airlines (JAL) to Akita Airport

Akita Airport

45
min.

  • Take the airport limousine bus to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 6 hrs. 20 min.)

Nagoya Station

1
hr.
37
min.

  • Take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station and transer to the Akita Shinkansen

Tokyo Station

3
hrs.
40
min.

  • Take the Akita Shinkansen to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

Osaka

(total travel time: from about 3 hrs. 25 min.)

Itami Airport (ITM)

90
min.

  • Fly All Nippon Airways (ANA) or Japan Airlines (JAL) to Akita Airport

Akita Airport

45
min

  • Take the airport limousine bus to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station

(total travel time: from about 7 hrs. 20 min.)

Shin-Osaka Station

2
hr.
30
min.

  • Take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo Station and transfer to the Akita Shinkansen

Tokyo Station

3
hrs.
40
min.

  • Take the Akita Shinkansen to Akita Station

Akita Station

By train
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 70 min.)

Take the Ou Line to Higashi-Noshiro Station

JR East Train Reservation and Times Online

Higashi-Noshiro Station

By bus
to Noshiro Station (about 90 min.)

Take the Shuhoku highway bus Noshiro Station from Akita Station West Exit bus stand No.10

Bus information (Japanese)

Noshiro Station

By car
to Higashi-Noshiro Station (about 60 min.)

Rent a car from one of the rental companies near Akita Station and take Akita Expressway to Higashi-Noshiro Station

Suggested route Car Rental Companies

Higashi-Noshiro Station