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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 ...

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...