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, thenget engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Samurai District.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, 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 Parks
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, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao, and finally get outside with Oganishi Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, 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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Sawada Beach, thenwalk around Toki no Mori Park, and finally stop by Sado Steamship.

For traveler tips, where to stay, 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 Ponshukan and Masu domari will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Minamiuonuma (Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort & Joetsu Kokusai Ski Area). There's lots more to do: walk around Yuzawa Central Park, experience rural life at Yukiguni Agripark Yuzawa Ichigo-mura, hit the slopes at Naspa Ski Garden, and head outdoors with Yuzawa Kogen.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yuzawa-machi trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Sado to Yuzawa-machi by car takes about 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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, thenstroll around Yukyuzan Park, thenstroll 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 Befco Bakauke Observatory Room and Pia Bandai make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Niigata: Yahiko-mura (Yahiko Shrine & Yahiko Park). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinepia Nihonkai, kick back and relax at Nishikaigan Park, look for gifts at Ponshukan Niigata Station, and stroll around Hakusan Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Niigata trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Nagaoka to Niigata in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Niigata can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling 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
Ponshukan Niigata Station ©
Ponshukan Niigata Station