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Smile Rail Akita Nairiku Line

Sightseeing of Ani gondola & Mt. Moriyoshi walk

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 Type B+Round-trip express fare=1,640 yen (Children: 820 yen)
One-day unlimited ride between Kakunodate and Aniai!
Adults: 1,000 yen Children: 500 yen

Share-ride taxi (From Aniai Station to Ani Ski Resort)

Ani taxi

Reservations are required at least one hour in advance.
Depart at Aniai Station: 8:20, 9:20, 11:30, 12:30, 13:40

Depart at Ani Ski Resort: 12:25, 13:25, 15:05, 16:25
  • Adult: 1,100 yen (one-way)

    Elementary school students: 550 yen (one-way)

Ani Gondola (Ani Ski Resort)

Gondola Fare

Adult: 1,800 yen (round-trip)/1,200 yen (one-way)

Elementary school students: 800 yen (round-trip)/500 yen (one-way)


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

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!

Nairiku Line

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!

Nairiku Line

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!

Nairiku Line


Arrive at Aniai at 12:15

Take a share-ride taxi and go to Ani Ski Resort


Ani Ski Resort

If you make a reservation before boarding the Nairiku Line, a taxi will pick you up at Aniai Station on your arrival. About 25 minutes to Ani Ski Resort...


Ani Gondola

About 20 minutes to the Mountaintop! Enjoy the panoramic view from the sky on a comfortable 6-seater Gondola.


Juhyotaira (frost-covered tree spot)

Walking from Gondola Mountaintop Station to Juhyotaira (about 40 minutes)
As one of the three best frost-covered tree spots in Japan, Mt. Moriyoshi's frost-covered trees are famous along with Hakkoda (Aomori) and Zao (Yamagata and Miyagi). It can be seen from January to early March.
Five minutes' walk along the trail from the Gondola Mountaintop Station. You will be amazed by astonishing view of Juhyotaira with "Ice Monsters," the frost-covered Maries'fir trees. Wear warm jackets such as snowsuit when viewing the frost-covered trees.


Ani Gondola (Return trip)

20 minutes to the base station


Share-ride taxi from the base station (Return trip)

25 minutes to Aniai Station



Depart Aniai at 15:28 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