How to go from Akita to Niigata ? 

  • Published on : 29/06/2017
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With a Japan Rail Pass

The route from Akita to Niigata offers great views with a Japan Rail Pass : as the train enters Yamagata Prefecture, mountains give way to the coast.

0 KM - Akita station

68 KM - 0H54 - Kisakata station

From Kisakata and for 40 km, you will have beautiful views to the left of the mountains in Chokai National Park. One of them is Mt. Chokai (2236 m), a semi-dormant volcano known as the Mt. Fuji of Akita. As the train enters Yamagata Prefecture, mountains give way to the coast, with views out to sea on the right.

105 KM - 1H26 - Sakata station

A large port town located at the mouth of the Mogami-gawa River.

117 KM - 1H37 - Amarume station

Amarume Station is a stop on the Uetsu Line and also the terminus for the Riku Saisen Line running east to Shinjo. If you want to go back to Tokyo, change here for a local train to Shinjo (50 min), from where you can pick up the shinkansen which runs via Yamagata south to the capital.

132 KM - 1H47 - Tsuruoka station

The nearest station to the Dewa-Sanzan mountain chain (Three Mountains of Dewa), of which the most famous peak is Mt. Haguro (414 m), considered to be home to the kami, the spirits honored in the Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto. If you wish to undertake a spiritual cleansing, follow the crowd of pilgrims and hop on one of the buses that take 45 minutes from Tsuruoka station to Mt. Haguro.

Yamagata, Tsuruoka

Yamagata, Tsuruoka

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162 KM - 2h07 - Atsumi-Onsen station

In between mountains and the coast, Atsumi served as a border checkpoint for travelers more than 1000 years ago. Nowadays, the town is a hot spring resort.

212 km - 2H48 - Murakami station

The railway line runs along the coast as far as Murakami. Unfortunately, the many tunnels prevent passengers from enjoying the landscape.

273 KM - 3h35 - Niigat station

Niigata is also the departure station for the Joetsu Shinkansen to Tokyo and  the Genbi Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa.

Akita Kanto Matsuri

Akita Kanto Matsuri

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