Continuing their series of promotional campaigns for Japan’s lesser known regions, the Japanese travel agency H.I.S. is inviting travelers to learn about Akita Prefecture, located in the northern Tohoku Region of Japan.
Although the rural prefecture is domestically known for stunning natural scenery, some of the nation’s best hot springs, and unique regional traditions, very few international travelers set foot in the prefecture.
H.I.S. is looking to remedy that by freely giving away presents representing what the prefecture has to offer. By correctly identifying photographs of some of Akita’s most beautiful spots (the company’s encyclopedic online guide to all things Japan travel is there to help) fans of their Facebook page can win crafts, such as locally produced chopsticks and washi paper, instant versions of the region’s unique ramen, plushies of the famous Akita dog, and much more, all while learning about the culture of Akita.
Amidst increased saturation of tourists in Japan’s most well beaten path of Tokyo and Kyoto, H.I.S. is drawing travelers to farther-flung corners of the country with flight and hotel deals that are often more affordable, and of course much quicker, than rail travel. These destinations also happen to offer the more authentic, “off-the-beaten path” experiences that many travelers crave. Bundles of roundtrip flights from Tokyo with one night stays in Akita City start from only $99, with many other hotels to choose from in areas such as the ancient beech forest Shirakami Sanchi, the rustic, hidden hot springs of Nyuto Onsen, and the well-preserved samurai town of Kakunodate.