The video describes the charm of Fujisato Town from various perspectives. Rather than introducing famous tourist spots, it focuses on showing the town residents living their normal life, like children playing catch, people fishing, and people working on farms, amidst beautiful nature.
The town is located in the northern part of Akita Prefecture, right next to the border of Aomori Prefecture. A part of Shirakami-Sanchi, which is a World Natural Heritage Site, occupies the northwestern part of the town, where plenty of mountains over 1000 meters tall stretch out. Kasuge River and Fujikoto River, which has its source at Shirakami-Sanchi, merge in the middle of the town. You can really enjoy beautiful nature everywhere in the town.
Access to Fujisato Town
Arriving by airplane:
Approx. 1 hour and 10 min. from Haneda Airport to Odate-Noshiro Airport, and then approx. 50 minutes in total using buses and trains.
Arriving by train:
Approx. 3 hours and 45 min. from Tokyo Station to Akita Station by the Akita Shinkansen, then approx. 1 hour and 20 min. from Akita Station to Futatsui Station by train via Ou Main Line, and finally approx. 30 minutes from Futatsui Station to Fujisato Town by bus.
Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Fujisato Town
Shirakami-Sanchi is a mountain range that stretches out from Aomori Prefecture to the border of Akita Prefecture. It was registered as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1993, because it has the largest-scale native beech forest that has received little to no influence from humankind. You can easily experience the nature of Shirakami-Sanchi since there is a mountain that you can climb in 2–3 hours from Fujisato Town, there are promenades established at the walking paths, and there are even camping sites.
A waterfall that stands 12 meters in height, with parks established in the vicinity. There is an around 600-meter-long promenade that can be walked in 20 minutes. You can stroll through a forest peacefully, while being soothed by the refreshing air. In winter, the water freezes close to the surface of the water. Every year in the middle of February the falls get illuminated, and you can enjoy a magical sight that has been illuminated in bluish-white color.
Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Fujisato Town
Shirakami mountain stream water
Underground water that has been cultivated by the beech forest of Shirakami-Sanchi. The water is collected without it ever contacting air and bottled without heating it. It is soft water with a hardness of 14 degrees. You may enjoy it as it is, and it will also make for delicious tea or coffee.
Ram and hogget
Suffolk sheep that is raised within the town. The sheep are raised with great care using special fodder, such as grass that has been nurtured by the beautiful nature, and rice from Akita Prefecture. Ram meat, which is healthy and has high quality proteins in it, is gaining popularity also in Japan.
Fujisato Town, where you can enjoy beautiful nature that has been nurtured by the World Heritage Site Shirakami-Sanchi, is one of the most prominent places in Japan where you can relax and soothe yourself.