6 days in Akita Prefecture Itinerary

6 days in Akita Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Akita Prefecture tour builder

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Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Oga
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Oga
— 1 night
Drive
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Happo-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Semboku
— 2 nights
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Oga

— 1 night
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Namahage Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum. On the next day, get great views at Michi-no-Eki Akita Port, admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, then step into the grandiose world of Kubota Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oga travel route builder tool.

Tokyo to Oga is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in August, with highs in Oga at 32°C and lows at 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Happo-cho.

Things to do in Oga

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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Happo-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Hachimori, then enjoy the sand and surf at Omagoshi Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Juniko. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Odaiko Hall, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Takanosu, then stop by Michi-no-Eki Futatsui, and finally don't miss a visit to Michi-no-Eki Minehama.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Happo-cho tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Oga to Happo-cho takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Semboku.

Things to do in Happo-cho

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Semboku

— 2 nights
Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, then explore the galleries of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Satake Museum of History and Culture, and finally visit Samurai District. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Dakigaeri Valley, then make a trip to Jyokoin, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Semboku day trip planning website.

You can drive from Happo-cho to Semboku in 3 hours. In August in Semboku, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Akita Prefecture travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water · History Museums
Akita Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. The capital is the city of Akita.HistoryThe area of Akita has been created from the ancient provinces of Dewa and Mutsu.Separated from the principal Japanese centres of commerce, politics, and population by several hundred kilometres and the Ōu and Dewa mountain ranges to the east, Akita remained largely isolated from Japanese society until after the year 600. Akita was a region of hunter-gatherers and principally nomadic tribes.The first historical record of what is now Akita Prefecture dates to 658, when the Abe no Hirafu conquered the native Ezo tribes at what are now the cities of Akita and Noshiro. Hirafu, then governor of Koshi Province (the northwest part of Honshū bordering the Sea of Japan), established a fort on the Mogami River, and thus began the Japanese settlement of the region.In 733, a new military settlement—later renamed Akita Castle—was built in modern-day Akita city at Takashimizu, and more permanent roads and structures were developed. The region was used as a base of operations for the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshū.It shifted hands several times. During the Tokugawa shogunate it was appropriated to the Satake clan, who ruled the region for 260 years, developing the agriculture and mining industries that are still predominant today. Throughout this period, it was classified as part of Dewa Province. In 1871, during the Meiji Restoration, Dewa Province was reshaped and the old daimyō domains were abolished and administratively reconstructed, resulting in the modern-day borders of Akita.

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