12 days in Akita Prefecture & Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

12 days in Akita Prefecture & Niigata Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Semboku
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Oga
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Sado
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
4
Yuzawa-machi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Nagaoka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Niigata
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Singapore

1
day
Semboku

Semboku ©
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 2nd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, browse the exhibits of Ishiguro Samurai House, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Semboku online trip maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Semboku is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Semboku is 1 hour. In June, Semboku is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Oga.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

1
night
Oga

Oga ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, and finally get outside with Oganishi Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Oga sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Semboku to Oga in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Sado.

Things to do in Oga

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Oga Aquarium Gao ©
Oga Aquarium Gao
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum

1
day
Sado

Sado ©
Experience remote island living in Sado, a city in Niigata Prefecture encompassing all of the inhabited areas of Sado Island.
On the 4th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sawada Beach, then walk around Toki no Mori Park, and finally stop by Sado Steamship.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sado trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Oga to Sado takes 8.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Sado can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yuzawa-machi.

Things to do in Sado

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Toki no Mori Park ©
Toki no Mori Park
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine ©
Historic Relic Sado Gold Mine

3
nights
Yuzawa-machi

Yuzawa-machi ©
It takes just over one hour to reach Yuzawa-machi from the country's capital by bullet train.
Family-friendly places like Yuzawa Kogen and Joetsu Kokusai Ski Area will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort in Minamiuonuma (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ponshukan, fly down the slopes at Naspa Ski Garden, head outdoors with Masu domari, and experience rural life at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yuzawa-machi trip planner.

You can drive from Sado to Yuzawa-machi in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nagaoka.

Things to do in Yuzawa-machi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Minamiuonuma
Highlights from your plan
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort ©
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort
Naspa Ski Garden ©
Naspa Ski Garden
Joetsu Kokusai Ski Area ©
Joetsu Kokusai Ski Area

1
night
Nagaoka

Nagaoka ©
Nagaoka is a city located in the central part of Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Ao-re Nagaoka, then stroll around Yukyuzan Park, then stroll around Echigo Hillside Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Yukiguni Garden Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nagaoka trip simple and quick.

Getting from Yuzawa-machi to Nagaoka by car takes about 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Niigata.

Things to do in Nagaoka

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Echigo Hillside Park ©
Echigo Hillside Park
Yukyuzan Park ©
Yukyuzan Park
Ao-re Nagaoka ©
Ao-re Nagaoka

4
nights
Niigata

Niigata ©
The port city of Niigata has an association with tourism, but not really one to do with the city itself.
Attractions like Marinepia Nihonkai and Nishikaigan Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Shrine & Yahiko Park). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Bandai Bridge, enjoy breathtaking views from Next21 Observation Lounge, stop by Pia Bandai, and sample the tasty concoctions at Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Niigata trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nagaoka to Niigata takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Niigata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Yahiko-mura
Highlights from your plan
Marinepia Nihonkai ©
Marinepia Nihonkai
Bandai Bridge ©
Bandai Bridge
Yahiko Shrine ©
Yahiko Shrine