From Niigata City: Get off the Hokuriku/Nihonkai-Tohoku expressway at Nakajyo I.C. Get on R7 to Murakami City. Switch to R113 for 30mins to Oguni Town. From Fukushima: R13 to Yonezawa City. From Kitakata: R121 for 45mins to Yonezawa City. From Miyagi: Get off the Tohoku expressway at Shiroishi I.C. Take R113 for 60mins to Takahata Town From Sendai City: Get off the Tohoku/Yamagata expressway at Yamagata Zao I.C. Take R286 to R348 for 40mins to Shirataka Town.
Okitama The word “Okitama" derives from the Ainu phrase for “wide grassy valley". The Okitama basin is surrounded by mountains and is covered with rice paddies. Summertime can be very hot, but winter brings a great amount of snowfall, and there is a clear distinction between each of the four seasons.
Unique local foods are grown in abundant nature. Our culture was created by our ancestors through agriculture and the warring states period. There are also both famous and secret hot springs here where you can relax after your journey.
Come travel through Okitama, and you will see a place where the Japanese culture and sights of old still live on today.