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Smile Rail Akita Nairiku Line

Experience various hot springs along the railway

Recommended Tickets

Weekdays Weekday one-day pass Nairiku Line one-day unlimited ride! Adults: 2,500 yen Children: 1,250 yen
Holidays Holiday one-day pass Nairiku Line one-day unlimited ride! Adults: 2,000 yen Children: 1,000 yen

Admission Fee

Quince Moriyoshi Adults: 500 yen Children: 300 yen
Utto Onsen Matagi-no-Yu Adults: 600 yen Children: 200 yen


If you are coming from the direction of Tokyo

  • get off at JR Kakunodate Station (Shinkansen Komachi 3 from Morioka, Sendai, and Tokyo arrives at 10:39)

Depart Kakunodate at 11:05 Express Moriyoshi 2

Before getting on the train, we recommend you buy lunch at NEWDAYS next to the JR Kakunodate Station (the Express Moriyoshi sells sweets, drinks, souvenirs, and original goods for in-car sales).
Go through the ticket gate at JR Kakunodate Station, turn right at the exit, and go straight. You will see the Nairiku Line ticket window.

  • The signboard of the Korean drama "IRIS" is the landmark!
  • An exciting journey begins!

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Junidan Tunnel

The tunnel runs through the "Junidan Pass," which is at the boundary of Kitaakita City and Semboku City. The total distance is 5,697m, the longest in Akita Prefecture.
There are no curves in the tunnel, just a straight line.
Near the peak of the slope, there is a moment when you can see the entrance and exit at the same time for a few seconds.
If you make a wish at this time...

  • Junidan Tunnel entrance
  • When you see the exit, turn around immediately!

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Omatagawa Bridge

A truss iron bridge in between Okashinai and Kayakusa.
One of the most scenic spots along the railway, which appears in many advertising photos of the Nairiku line.
During daytime hours in normal operation, you will have enough time to enjoy the scenery because the train slows down as part of its service.

  • The best view of Nairiku Line!

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Tourist information and in-car sales provided by tourist attendants

They know everything there is to know about the Nairiku Line and areas along the railway!
Enjoy tourist information from knowledgeable and friendly tourist attendants and in-car sales of a wide selection of original goods and souvenirs.

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Arrive at Ani-Maeda at 12:30


Ani-Maeda Onsen Quince Moriyoshi

The first hot spring in a station building in Akita Prefecture. It will keep you warm until you get back on the train!



Depart Ani-Maeda at 13:16 Local Train

Before getting on the train, we recommend you make a reservation for a shuttle bus which you take at your next destination, Ani-Matagi Station.

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Arrive at Aniai at 13:31→ (change trains) Depart at 13:43

Arrive at Aniai at 13:31→ (change trains) Depart at 13:43
At Aniai, you can change trains on the same platform.
There is a depot next to the platform, and colorful trains will welcome you.

  • 乗り換えるまえに眺めてみては?

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Arrive at Ani-Matagi at 14:15

Protecting Ani-Matagi Station? The Matagi statue which was sculptured with a chainsaw welcomes you.
Take a shuttle bus waiting in front of the station. It will take you to Utto Onsen Matagi-no-Yu in about ten minutes.

shuttle bus

  • Utto Onsen Matagi-no-Yu

    Enjoy a 100% natural hot spring which warms you up to the marrow.

    As it is expected in the "Matagi village," hot water comes out of the bear's mouth.


Depart Ani-Matagi at 15:53 Express Moriyoshi 3 → Arrive at Kakunodate at 16:35

If you are going back towards Tokyo

transfer to JR Kakunodate Station, Shinkansen Komachi 38 bound for Morioka, Sendai and Tokyo departing at 16:58