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Posted 1/10/2020

Enjoy the best of fall with this 2-day itinerary!

With COVID-19, we've been confined to our homes for so long but travel restrictions within Japan are slowly loosening up in different areas. For those in Akita and Tohoku this is the time to explore ...

Posted 14/09/2020

Getting a fishing pass in the Akita Shirakami area!

The clean water flowing down from UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakami Sanchi supports optimal conditions for a vast array of fish species. Within Japan, the rivers of northern Akita are particularly...

Posted 2/09/2020

Need some inspiration? Here’s a 2-day itinerary for the Akita Shirakami area!

Live Japan outlined everything you need to know for exploring the Akita Shirakami area in 2 days! From transportation to places to go and things to eat, bookmark this now for some future travel inspi...

Posted 26/08/2020

NEW VIDEO!

Our friends at The Global Citizenship created a beautiful video of the Akita Shirakami Area! We hope this video gives you hope and inspiration for future travel to our part of Akita. https://www...

Posted 27/07/2020

Kaneyu’s cafe is now open!

Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in Noshiro city's historic, former restaurant Kaneyu. Kaneyu was a traditional, high-class restaurant during Noshiro city's heyday. Reflecting the quality and technic...

Posted 20/07/2020

Driving around Happo’s geopark sites

Spend a summer day exploring the rocky coastline of northern Akita. Happo town is famous for the geopark sites that dot its shores. These sites are areas that have been nationally recognized as h...

Posted 2/07/2020

Resort Shirakami will begin running 7/3!

After a two month closure due to COVID-19, the scenic train line Resort Shirakami will resume operations between Akita and Aomori prefectures on a limited schedule. Enjoy the picturesque coastline of...

Posted 26/05/2020

Mountain roads open in Fujisato town!

Everyday is beginning to feel a little warmer and much of the snow has melted. Route 317 which goes through Fujisato town and onto Aomori prefecture is now partially open. Dairakyo valley, Dakedai fo...

Posted 29/04/2020

Shirakami Life: Creating Akita fans through sake and storytelling

Akita prefecture, with its sprawling rice fields and untainted water, is known across Japan for producing delicious sake. And in Noshiro city, there's arguably no one that knows more about the tastes...

Posted 2/03/2020

Here are the top places to see cherry blossoms in the Akita Shirakami area!

The cherry blossom forecast for Akita is out! Start your hanami plans here: Cherry blossoms are expected to bloom a little earlier this year, with forecasts suggesting April 5 through 11 being pri...

Posted 27/02/2020

New pictures added to our photo gallery!

Our photo gallery has been updated with more pictures of the Shirakami area. Login or sign-up for free to get access to a variety of photos that capture the natural beauty and culture that exists in ...

Posted 3/02/2020

Budget-friendly ways to travel Tohoku, Japan!

Traveling around Japan doesn't have to be expensive. See Japan's hidden countryside cheaply and conveniently with these deals. In the past, the Tohoku region of northern Japan was relatively unkn...