Shirakami Sanchi World Heritage Nature Trail Tour in Akita


Take a guided tour along secret trails in the depths of Shirakami Sanchi. This World Heritage Site has some of the oldest untouched woodland you could hope to visit. Explore the Fujisato area, and access enchanting areas usually closed to the public.


  • Explore Shirakami Sanchi, Japan’s original World Heritage Site
  • Connect with nature at a “power spot” in an 8,000-year-old forest
  • Discover a secret trail only accessible with a guide
  • Walk through pristine beech woodlands that inspired the anime hit Princess Mononoke
  • Enjoy the atmosphere among mountain streams and natural Akita cedars

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Important Information

- Participants must be aged 6 or older - This tour requires at least two participants for us to accept your booking - We may have to cancel the tour in the event of bad weather


This tour is available every half hour from 08:00 to 10:00, late May to the end of October. Example schedule: 10:00 — Meet at JR Futatsui Station, then move with your guide to the Dakedai Nature Observation Woods. 11:30 — Take a guided hike through Dakedai. Enjoy the cinematic atmosphere that helped inspire the blockbuster anime Princess Mononoke. Stop for lunch along the way. 13:30 — Walk the Daira Trail — a so-called secret trail through “ten-nen Akita sugi” (natural Akita cedar). Cross the river in boots. 14:30 — Move to the cafe Mori-no-Eki (Forest Station). 15:00 — Take a break and enjoy tea time at the cafe. 15:30 — Return to JR Futatsui Station. 16:00 — Tour ends.

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