Since Akita is about 570km distant from Tokyo, Shinkansen and Airplane are the major transportations for travelers. Of course airplane is faster, but Shinkansen is also very convenient and comfortable. From Tokyo to Akita with stops along the way such as Sendai and Morioka, Akita Shinkansen “Komachi” takes about 3 hours and 50 minutes. Interspersed along the route between Morioka and Akita are many sightseeing spots, including Lake Tazawa, known for its clear water, and Kakunodate (also in Akita Prefecture), known for its wonderful cherry blossom trees. If you want to enjoy the scenery of Tohoku, Shinkansen is good for you. Different types of tickets are available, but “Japan Rail Pass” is recommended which is only available for foreign travelers.
Japan Rail Pass is a special discounted pass available only to customers visiting Japan (with a short-term visa no longer than 90 days) and holding a non-Japanese passport. It allows unlimited rides on all JR East train lines in Japan Rail Pass designated area. Start with a trip from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, for example, then ride around, and maybe hop aboard the Shinkansen or a limited express to Aomori or Sendai. In addition to JR East lines,Japan Rail Pass allows rides on some non-JR trains in the Izu and Nikko areas. While in Japan, take advantage of this great offer to see a lot more for a lot less.
About Japan Rail Pass
1. From Tokyo to Akita
→ JR East Train Reservation (From Tokyo)
2. From Akita to Tokyo
→ JR East Train Reservation (To Tokyo)