Recommend Drive Course

Start at Akita Airport, end at Aomori Airport

2-night 3-day Driving Course in the Shirakami Sanchi Mountain Range and along the Sea of Japan

Departure from Akita AirportRenting cars

Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

Mount Kanpu

MapCode:351 345 673*10

At 355 meters above sea level, Mount Kanpu has well-maintained roads ideal for driving. At the revolving observation deck at the summit, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Ogata Village, Mount Chokai and Cape Nyudozaki.

Wakimoto, Oga-shi, Akita Prefecture

Approximately 30 minutes

Cape Nyudozaki

MapCode:873 609 258*18

Cape at the northernmost tip of Oga Peninsula, a well-known scenic spot in Oga. Visitors can look out over the Sea of Japan as they enjoy the blue sky and expansive lawn.

Kitaura, Oga-shi, Akita Prefecture

Approximately 20 minutes

Namahage Museum, Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum

MapCode:351 332 162*58

Scheduled to be registered as a UNESCO Intangible heritage, "Oga no Namahage" is an event celebrating joy-bringing spirits from the divine realms. Also, at the Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum next to the Namahage Museum, visitors can experience reenactments of the Namahage event celebrated on New Year's Eve.

Mizuhamisawa, Kitaura Shinzan, Oga-shi, Akita Prefecture

Approximately 15 minutes

Stayover in the Oga Hot Spring Resort area

MapCode:873 494 432*50

The Oga Hot Spring Resort, which flourished as a health resort, is a hot spring facility where visitors can enjoy the Sea of Japan and natural scenery of Oga. Hearty stone-cooked food prepared by putting a stone heated until it is red into a wooden tub with fish and shell is a famous specialty of Oga.

Kusakihara, Kitaura Yumoto, Oga-shi, Akita Prefecture

Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

Minehama roadside station

MapCode:598 033 385*86

Visitors can take a break from driving at the roadside station where local produce is sold fresh from the farm. The station is also provided with an information corner where visitors can check road information using a touch panel and a restaurant.

147 Honkoyachi, Minehama Numata, Happocho, Yamamoto-gun, Akita Prefecture

Approximately 50 minutes

Shirakami Sanchi Mountain Range, Aoike Pond

MapCode:559 223 339*15

Mysterious pond in the mountain range that has an inky blue appearance. The color seems to change depending on the sunlight, but the reason for the pond's bluish appearance remains a mystery.

Matsukami, Fukaura-machi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 30 minutes

Hot springs that bestow immortality

MapCode:1 048 103 418*80

Visitors can look out over the vast Sea of Japan as they relax in the famous open-air pool by the sea. The spectacular view from the pool of the sun setting on the horizon is a must.

15 Shimo Kiyotaki, Henashi, Fukaura-machi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 40 minutes

Senjojiki Beach

MapCode:1 011 036 800*78

Visitors can enjoy the awesome natural scenery of this rock beach that emerged from the sea during an earthquake. Designated as one "Japan's 100 Most Beautiful Sunsets," the sun setting over the Sea of Japan is a stunning sight.

Kita Kanegasawa, Fukaura-machi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 30 minutes

Stayover in the Ajigasawa area

MapCode:492 671 535*26

Many hotels with hot spring facilities can be found around JR Ajigasawa Station. Local specialties include marinated flounder on rice and grilled squid.

Ajigasawa-machi, Nishi Tsugaru-gun, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 50 minutes

Roadside Station Namioka Apple Hill

MapCode:71 475 720*67

As well as souvenirs form Aomori, regional specialties from Hokkaido to Okinawa are sold here. Popular items include homemade apple and ice cream. Visitors can enjoy picking apples at the "Apple Hill Tourism Apple Farm" in the harvest season.

2-3 Aza-nojiri, Namioka Megasawa, Aomori-shi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 30 minutes

Sannai Maruyama Site

MapCode:99 488 807*66

Largest scale village remains where visitors can experience "villages" of the Jomon Era (circa 5500 - 4000 BC). Precious remains of pit dwellings, embankments and other structures can be seen here.

305 Sannai Maruyama, Aomori-shi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 5 minutes

Aomori Museum of Art

MapCode:99 489 495*21

Located next to the Sannai Maruyama Site, the museum exhibits any works by popular artists of Aomori Prefecture and is a popular destination for people from both Aomori Prefecture and other regions.

185 Yasuta Chikano, Aomori-shi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 15 minutes

Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse

MapCode:99 583 201*13

The "Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (Float Festival)" is Aomori's best-known festival. At the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, visitors can learn about the history of the festival and enjoy hands-on experiences. The size of the full-sized floats on permanent display is really impressive.

1-1-1 Yasukata, Aomori-shi, Aomori Prefecture

Approximately 30 minutes

Aomori AirportRental car return

MapCode:99 248 363*15

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