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Smile Rail Akita Nairiku Line

Complete the Nairiku Line ride and enjoy Takanosu 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 Nairiku Line one-day unlimited ride! Adults: 2,000 yen Children: 1,000 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

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 Takanosu at 13:07


Takanosu walk

You will have an hour and a half until you catch the return train.
First, get the town walk map at the tourist information center next to Takanosu Station and walk through the shopping arcade extending from the station.
You might make some unexpected discoveries in a casual store?
There is also a community plaza named "Comcom" within five minutes' walk.

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A sense of accomplishment of complete riding

You will certainly feel the sense of accomplishment of traveling a total distance of 94.2 km on the local line back and forth. We hope you will go home with memories of original landscapes seen from train windows and warm hospitality.


Depart Takanosu at 14:38 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