A Day in Oga, Akita: Connect with Local Life and Heritage

Explore regional cuisine, natural beauty, and sake culture

6 - 7 hours
Oga Peninsula, Akita


  • Sake lecture and tasting at local craft sake brewery, Ine to Agave Brewery
  • Fresh, Oga-sourced cuisine
  • Panoramic views of Oga’s mountainous landscape against the sea


¥99,000 per person for two people (Oga station pick-up)
¥111,900 per person for two people (Akita airport pick-up)
*For three or more people, there is an additional discount per person

Minimum participants: 2
Maximum participants: 8

Skip the typical tourist itinerary, and spend the day on Oga Peninsula—a coastal area in northern Japan’s Akita Prefecture. This area is home to both mountains and seaside views, and is abundant in rich culture, fresh cuisine, and unspoilt nature.

Through this intimate tour you can connect with Oga and its people on a deeper level and help preserve its rich heritage.

During the one-day tour, enjoy meals filled with locally-sourced ingredients, visit treasured nature spots, and immerse yourself in sake culture at an Oga-born craft sake brewery. At the end of the journey, you are guaranteed to feel culturally and mentally enriched!

NOTE: The tour’s starting point is either Oga Station or Akita Airport. If you opt for Akita Airport, the starting time will be roughly one hour and 15 minutes earlier.

Since the brewery does not make sake from July to September, we will not accept bookings during that period. Thank you for understanding.

Arrival times:
1:00pm at Oga Station
11:45am at Akita Airport


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① Lunch at Oga Shio Ramen "Ogaya"

1:10pm (or 12:45pm if you start at Akita Airport)

Enjoy lunch at Oga Shio Ramen “Ogaya,” a newly opened ramen restaurant just outside Oga Station. This restaurant specializes in shio (salt) ramen and uses Oga spring water and Oga salt to craft its flavorful chicken broth. The eatery’s signature dish includes medium-thin, flat noodles served with sides of smoked chashu (pork belly), spinach, and menma (seasoned bamboo shoots).

Closed day(s): Monday & Tuesday

② Mount Kanpuzan Rotating Observatory


After a nourishing meal, admire Oga Peninsula’s natural vistas at the Mount Kanpuzan Rotating Observatory. This unique observatory is located 355 meters above sea level on Mt. Kanpu’s summit and completes full rotations every 13 minutes. Take a seat, and enjoy unobstructed, 360° views of Mt. Kanpu’s verdant fields, the Sea of Japan, the distant Mt. Chokai, the World Heritage Site Shirakami Sanchi, and more!

Note: Mount Kanpuzan Rotating Observatory is closed annually during winter (early December to mid-March). During this time, you will only travel half way up Mt. Kanpu and will visit the Kanpuzan shokudo.

Closed day(s): None

③ Takinokashira Spring


Please note that you must apply to see this area and a guide is required.

Located at the base of Mt. Kanpu, Takinokashira Spring is a treasured water source that accounts for approximately 70% of Oga City’s water supply. Snowmelt and rain seep into Mt. Kanpu and then go through a roughly 20-year natural filtration process before flowing out of the earth. This verdant area features a small fountain, clear ponds, and a mysteriously alluring shrine.

Closed day(s): None

④ Ine to Agave Brewery


Ine to Agave Brewery is a craft sake brewery founded in 2021 that aims to share the charm of sake and Oga with the world, while simultaneously revitalizing the local area. The brewery solely uses organically-grown rice and combines creative thinking with traditional sake-making techniques to craft its quality products.

Closed day(s): Monday & Tuesday

⑤ Lecture and Sake-tasting at Sanaburi Factory


After familiarizing yourself with Ine to Agave Brewery, head over to its Sanaburi Factory. This food processing factory and shop transforms the often discarded byproducts of sake-making into usable products. Here, you will participate in a lecture and sake-tasting experience with details as follows:

  • In English, learn about the basics of sake-making, craft sake, sake-making at Ine to Agave, and Ine to Agave’s urban development goals
  • Taste and compare five types of sake and doburoku (a sake variety)

Closed day(s): Irregular holidays

⑥ Dinner at Tsuchi to Kaze


End your day with a luxurious dinner at Ine to Agave Brewery’s restaurant, Tsuchi to Kaze. The eatery’s Akita-born chef prioritizes the use of Oga and Akita-sourced ingredients and draws upon his professional training to create elevated Kyoto-French cuisine. The restaurant’s dishes highlight Oga’s blessings from the mountains and sea and embody the area’s culture.

Closed day(s): Monday & Tuesday

Important information

Included in price

  • English-speaking guide
  • Local transportation
  • A sake lees mayonnaise recipe
  • A water bottle (with an Ine to Agave Brewery sticker of your choice)

Not included

  • Transportation to and from starting point
  • Personal expenses, such as souvenirs

Important information

  • Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions

What you need to bring

  • Personal spending money for souvenirs and purchases outside of the tour package

Cancellation policy

  • Four to five days prior to your trip – 30%
  • Two to three days before – 50%
  • The day before – 80%
  • Same day – 100%

Starting point

Oga Station
Shinhama-cho, Funagawa, Funagawa Minato, Oga City, Akita Prefecture 010-0511


Alternate starting point

Akita Airport
49 Yamagomori, Yuwa-tsubakigawa, Akita City, Akita Prefecture 010-1211
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