What we'll do
On this tour, you'll be able to fully experience everything between Akita city and Semboku city.
The first stop on this tour will be a chance to experience the elegance and emotion only found in Kakunodate, Senboku City, which is known as the "Little Kyoto" of Akita Prefecture.
We'll then visit the mysterious Lake Tazawako to explore famous historical places and ruins on the shores. Next, we can take a leisurely drive around the lake, or if you prefer to stretch your legs, cycling and cruises are also available.
Our last stop in the area will be a visit to the "crane bath" onsen where we can relax after our travels like true Japanese!
On the way back, we'll stop for a short break at "Yamano Hachimitsuya," a locally recommended spot near Lake Tazawako.
After we have made it back to Akita City and returned the rental car, we'll stop by Kawabata Street, a cozy area lined with a variety of restaurants and bars. Here, we can indulge ourselves in Akita's local gourmet and rice wine!
Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money for car rental
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
-600 yen for the onsen
Kakunodate Samurai District
Known as the Little Kyoto of the North East, this is a beautiful district of samurai residences lined with rows of cherry trees. The main street, which stretches for roughly 720m, has received an official designation as a nationally protected group of traditional buildings. This street was home to high and middle-ranking samurai, and among its houses includes designated cultural treasures of Akita Prefecture, such as the Iwahashi Residence and the Aoyagi Residence.Show spot information
Lake Tazawa is Japan’s deepest lake (the second being Lake Shikotsu and the third being Lake Towada) and was selected as one of the original 100 Landscapes of Japan. The area surrounding the lake is a designated prefectural nature park. The lake itself is roughly circular, with a perimeter of around 20km. On its shores, places of historical significance and ruins are enhanced by leisure spots.Show spot information
Tsurunoyu Onsen is a hot spring in Akita Prefecture. It is part of the Nyuto Onsenkyo hot spring area near the foot of Mt. Nyuto. The four baths at Tsurunoyu Onsen all feature different water compositions and provide various health benefits. In the 17th century, when the area was developed, a hunter is said to have observed a crane healing its wounds in the hot water of the spring: this gave the onsen its name, 'crane bath' (tsuru no yu).Show spot information
Yamano Hachimitsuya (Mountain's Honey Shop)
Yamano Hachimitsuya is a honey store located near the famous Lake Tazawako in Akita Prefecture. The store looks like a little beehive, and the exterior wall is decorated with lovely pieces of art called "KaBee," which are drawn by Akita University of Art students. Inside the store you can find various kinds of honey-related products, such as honey, aromatic goods, and skin-care products. Taste testing of their high-quality honey is also available.Show spot information
Kawabata Street is an entertainment district along the Asahi River in Akita. The district has been booming with restaurants since 1885. Now, there are over 700 restaurants on the street where you can enjoy local Akita foods and rice wine.Show spot information
We will meet at the Toyota Rent-a-Car Kakunodate shop.
The shop is a 25-minute walk from JR Kakunodate Station.
To get there, follow Route 105 toward Omagari and turn right at the first intersection. The shop will be on the left.
We will return the car to the Toyota Rent-a-Car Akita Station shop.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
An additional fee will be charged in the event of one-way only car rental.