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How to travel between Akita and Tokyo

By air

JAL and ANA operate multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Akita Airport. Flight duration is about 70 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 28,000 yen, however, discount tickets are usually available for between 14,000 and 18,000 yen. With an air pass you can fly for even less. Buses connect Akita Airport with Akita Station in the city center (40 minutes, 950 yen one way).

By train

Direct Komachi trains on the JR Akita Shinkansen travel between Tokyo and Akita. The one way trip takes around four hours, costs about 18,000 yen and all seats require seat reservations. There are hourly departures, and the trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass.

By night bus

Akita Chuo Kotsu and Odakyu Bus operate overnight buses between Tokyo and Akita. The one way journey takes about eight hours and costs around 9,500 yen, while a round trip ticket costs 17,000 yen and must be used within ten days. The route is also served by discount bus companies, such as Willer Express, with one way fares from around 5,000 yen. If used effectively, the Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3,000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer and Japan Bus Online.

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Getting around

Akita City is relatively small compared to other prefectural capitals, and the city is best explored on foot. The major attractions are located to the west of the station, with the Akita Museum of Art about a ten minute walk away, and Chuo Dori, the main street where the Kanto Festival is held, an additional five minutes walk. Akita Station is the city's transportation hub where all the regional and interregional train and bus lines meet, including the Akita Shinkansen and airport buses to Akita Airport (40 minutes, 950 yen one way).

Hotels around Akita

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    • Richmond Hotel Akita Ekimae
      Mid-range
      Located just a 7-minute walk from JR Akita Station, Richmond Hotel Akita Ekimae offers simple and modern guestrooms featuring free Wi-Fi and an en suite bathroom. Akita Museum of Art is also a 7-minute walk away. Each carpeted room comes with a flat-screen TV, a telephone and a fridge. Guests can make a cup of tea using an electric kettle and tea bags provided. The bathroom has a bath tub and free toiletries. Akita Ekimae Richmond Hotel offers free luggage storage services at the 24-hour front desk. Drinks vending machines and laundry facilities are available on site. Akita Airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Senshu Park and Kubota Castle are located within a 10-minute walk. On-site restaurant Kagura offers a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of Japanese dishes. Other Japanese meals and local specialities are also available for lunch and dinner.
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    • Hotel Metropolitan Akita
      Luxury
      Directly connected to JR Akita Station and featuring free WiFi access throughout the property, Hotel Metropolitan Akita offers 2 restaurants, a bar and air-conditioned accommodation. All rooms are carpeted and equipped with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Some also come with a seating area where guests can relax. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At Akita Metropolitan Hotel, guests can arrange for a soothing massage. The 24-hour front desk offers laundry, dry cleaning and luggage storage services. A variety of cuisine featuring fresh local produces can be enjoyed at Dining Manyo. Guests can also dine at one of the restaurants in the shopping and dining arcade of JR Akita Station. Akita Akarenga Kyodokan is an 8-minute drive away, while Omoriyama Zoo is an 18-minute drive from the hotel. Senshu Park can be walked to within just 6 minutes.
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    • Akita Castle Hotel
      Luxury
      Located a 7-minute walk from JR Akita Station, Akita Castle Hotel features 4 dining options and comfortable guest rooms with free WiFi. There are a 24-hour convenience store, a nail salon and other shops available on site. Each carpeted room is fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. An electric kettle is also provided in the room. The private bathroom comes with a bath tub and free toiletries. Akita Castle Hotel provides 24-hour front desk services and room service meals. A laundry service is available for guestsf at an extra cost. Guests can also use free luggage storage or enjoy shopping at one of the on-site stores. The hotel is a 40-minute limousine bus ride or a 30-minute drive from Akita Airport. Senshu Park is a 5-minute walk away. On-site Japanese restaurant Kurumaya serves delicately prepared seasonal dishes. Chinese meals can be enjoyed at Totenko, while guests can sip their favourite drinks at Bar Lotus on the 8th floor.
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    • Akita Onsen Plaza
      Mid-range
      Located a 15-minute drive from JR Akita Station, Akita Onsen Plaza boasts various hot spring baths and a sauna. Guests can savour carefully prepared seasonal Japanese dishes. Free WiFi is provided in all guest rooms. Each room features a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a private toilet. Bathroom is shared with other guests. Guests staying at Onsen Plaza Akita can unwind at the public bathing area. Luggage storage and on-site parking are available for free. Drinks vending machines are also provided for guestsf convenience. The ryokan is a 30-minute drive from Akita Airport. Shun-no-Sakana restaurant offers international dishes including Japanese, Chinese and Western.
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    • Dormy Inn Akita
      Mid-range
      Dormy Inn Akita is located opposite historical Senshu Park and is a 5-minute walk from JR Akita Station. Free internet access and a public bath are provided. Rooms at Dormy Inn Akita have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. The en suite bathroom comes with a shower and toiletries. Guests can make use of the open-air public bath with natural hot spring water and the coin-operated laundry machines. Nearby attractions include Akita Museum of Art, Tazawa Lake and the Shirakami-Sanchi mountain range.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel Akita
      Mid-range
      Offering massages and a Japanese-style pub, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Akita is a 14-minute walk from JR Akita Train Station. Rooms include an LCD TV and an en suite bathroom with a fog-free mirror. Free Wi-Fi and wired internet access is available at the rooms as well as the lobby. Decorated in a pleasant modern manner, each room comes with a wood desk, an air purifier/humidifier, a mini-fridge and an electric kettle. Guests can enjoy pay TV channels, and rooms have a trouser press. Laptops can be rented at the 24-hour reception. Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art is a 10-minute walk away, and Port Tower Selion is a 20-minute drive. Senshu Koen Park is 650 metres away. In addition to the free-use internet PC at the lobby and the on-site coin launderette, a shared-use microwave is provided. Luggage can be stored at the reception, which also offers fax/photocopying services. Tairyoumaru offers a breakfast buffet featuring mostly Japanese dishes. It is also open for dinner, serving pub fare and drinks.
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    • Akita Hotel
      Mid-range
      Boasting 2 restaurants, a bar and a cafe, Akita Hotel is conveniently located a 3-minute walk from JR Akita Train Station. The simply decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view channels. Carpeted rooms are fitted with an en suite bathroom, a desk and a refrigerator. Each feature an electric kettle, a green tea set and Yukata robes. A hairdryer, free toiletries and slippers are also available. Guests at View Hotel Akita can work out at the fitness centre, get a soothing massage or use the sauna, all at a surcharge. A variety of international meals are served at the restaurants. The Seibu Department Store is a 3-minute walk away, while both Senshu Park and Kubota Castle is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Omoriyama Zoo can be accessed within a 20-minute drive.
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    • Comfort Hotel Akita
      Mid-range
      A 2-minute walk from JR Akita Train Station, Comfort Hotel Akita welcomes guests with a cup of coffee, and treats them to free WiFi and a free breakfast buffet. Facilities include drinks vending machines and a launderette. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, a small fridge and an attached bathroom with toiletries. A coin-launderette is on site and photocopying services are offered at the front desk. Private parking is available on site and massages can be requested for an extra cost. A free breakfast buffet with bread is served at the lounge space. Akita Comfort Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Senshu Park and a 15-minute drive from Akita hot-spring area.
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    • Route Inn Grantia Akita Spa Resort
      Mid-range
      Boasting 5 hot-spring baths and a Korean sauna, Route Inn Grantia Akita Spa Resort is 1.5 km from JR Akita Train Station. Rooms include free internet, a full bathroom and satellite TV channels. Guests at Grantia Akita Spa Resort Route Inn stay in air-conditioned rooms with a tea maker and wood writing desk. Relaxation options include a soak in the bathtub and pay TV programs. Akita City Folk Traditions Hall (Neburi Nagashi Kan) is a 10-minute walk away, and Senshu Park is a 15-minute walk. A free shuttle runs between the hotel and Akita Station. Parking is free. A relaxation room with massage chairs is provided. Skin treatments are offered at the spa, or guests can try out a new style at the hair salon. Restaurants Hanano Yume Maguroya and Hanachaya offer Japanese cuisine.
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    • Hotel Route-Inn Akita Tsuchizaki
      Mid-range
      Only a 3-minute drive from JR Tsuchizaki Station, Hotel Route-Inn Akita Tsuchizaki features simple modern accommodations and a free breakfast buffet for all guests. Free wired internet is available in all rooms and relaxing massages can be requested for an extra cost. An LCD TV and an en suite bathroom are included in each air-conditioned room at the Tsuchizaki Route-Inn. The rooms come with a mini-fridge and an electric kettle with green tea. The hotel has a spacious public bath, a coin-launderette and a free-use internet computer. Dry cleaning and photocopying services are available at the front desk. Restaurant Hanachaya serves a daily breakfast buffet with Japanese and Western food. For dinner, Hanahanatei caters a wide range of Japanese favourites, from noodle and rice dishes to delicate sashimi fish. Hotel Route-Inn Akita Tsuchizaki is just a 5-minute stroll from Port Tower Selion, which offers panoramic views of the Sea of Japan and the city.
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