Akita Access Guide

Akita has an airport, with domestic flights coming in from such places as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo. Buses connect the airport with Akita Station, and a ride costs ¥980 and takes 40 minutes.

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The Akita Shinkansen provides hourly service from Tokyo station to Akita station. These trains, called the Komachi trains, have only reserved seating. The Komachi stops at Ueno, Omiya, Sendai, Morioka before slowing down to travel to Shizukuishi, Tazawako, Kakunodate, Omagari, and finally Akita over conventional rail lines. Trains also reverse direction once at Omagari, the stop before Akita. Komachi trains from Tokyo reach Akita in four hours and cost ¥16,800 each way. A better deal would be to purchase the JR East Rail pass, rather than get a reserved seat on the Komachi.
Like many places in Japan, there are express buses available to Akita station, taking about 9 hours and 10,000 yen from Yokohama Station, or 3 hours and 4000 yen from Sendai Station in the north. 

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