5 days in Akita, Hirosaki & Towada Itinerary

5 days in Akita, Hirosaki & Towada Itinerary

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Akita
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Hirosaki
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Towada
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Akita

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The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Akita: Semboku (Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, Samurai District, &more) and Oga (Namahage Museum & Ogashinzan Traditional Museum). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Senshu Park, examine the collection at Akita city Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan, admire the landmark architecture of Michi-no-Eki Akita Port, and admire the masterpieces at Akita Museum Of Art.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Akita driving holiday planning app.

Tokyo to Akita is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tokyo in February, with highs in Akita at 2°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Akita

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Neighborhood
Samurai District
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Water Body
Lake Tazawa
4.0

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Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Former Hirosaki City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hirosaki Apple Park, then step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, and finally walk around Hirosaki Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hirosaki day trip planner.

You can take a train from Akita to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. February in Hirosaki sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks
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Must see
Hirosaki Castle
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Religious Site
Iwakiyama Shrine
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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 13th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Towada visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Towada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hirosaki in February since evenings lows in Towada dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas
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Art Museum
Towada Art Center
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts
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