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Posted 16/05/2022

Road updates as of May 2022!

As we approach late spring, with the snow melting away after the long winter period, trailheads to and around the Shirakami Sanchi area are now scheduled to reopen. Read on to see which roads are acc...

Posted 25/04/2022

Away from the crowds — your 2022 guide to local cherry blossom spots in Akita this spring

The long-awaited sakura are finally in full-bloom here in the Akita Shirakami area! Much loved by locals and foreign tourists alike, cherry blossoms mark the official arrival of spring in Japan. W...

Posted 31/05/2021

Road updates as of May 2021!

As of May 28, 2021: Both gates along Route 317 in Fujisato Town are open. Mt. Fujisato-Komagatake, Dakedai Forest, Kurumidai Campground, and Tsurubeotoshi Pass are now all accessible. In addition, yo...

Posted 28/04/2021

[UPDATE] Enjoy the warmer weather with these activities in northern Akita…

Hiking in UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site Shirakami Sanchi The access road to Dakedai Forest and Mt. Fujisato-Komagatake will open on Thursday, May 20.At Dakedai you can enjoy a tranquil s...

Posted 20/04/2021

These campsites are now open…

Get out of your house with a weekend at one of these campsites in the Akita Shirakami area: Subari Campsite Tucked away in Fujisato Town, arriving at Subari Campsite feels like stumbling u...

Posted 9/03/2021

Shirakami Life: The power of Shirakami’s blessings

Walk out of Noshiro Station and you’ll see a small cafe with a wooden facade. If you can’t read Japanese, the bold “Coffee & Tea” signage will likely catch your attention. It’s owned by mountain ...

Posted 2/02/2021

NEW VIDEO!! A trip to Akita…

In the Akita Shirakami area, the wilderness is ALL yours! No crowds means you can enjoy the great outdoors and Akita culture safely and responsibly. Our newest video features hiking through the tranq...

Posted 17/12/2020

Hungry? If you’re in the Akita Shirakami area, try these new menu items…

The Shirakami area is famous within Akita prefecture for a variety of ingredients including junsai (water shield), negi (green onion), awabi (abalone), buta nankotsu (pork cartilage), and more. With ...

Posted 17/12/2020

UPDATE: 2020 Winter festivals

Due to COVID-19, many winter festivals this year are canceled or will have restrictions to ensure the safety of visitors. We've compiled information about festivals and events in or near the Akita S...

Posted 6/11/2020

UPDATE: Winter road closures!

Winter's around the corner which means some parts of the Akita Shirakami area will be inaccessible by car! Parts of Fujisato's route 317 is now closed. Winding through the Dairakyo Valley, access...

Posted 9/10/2020

Noshiro city’s English pamphlet got a new look!

Download Noshiro city's newest English pamphlet and discover places to see and things to eat in the area. Noshiro City: Sightseeing Restaurant GuideDownload From cozy izakayas that serve rare ...

Posted 7/10/2020

Top spots for fall foliage in the Akita Shirakami area

The chill in the air is getting us more and more excited for autumn! Enjoy fall drives through the vivid Shirakami area. Smell the sweet, caramel scent of the yellow katsura leaves and take pictures ...