Akita Komaga-take information
These mountains straddling the border with Iwate Prefecture are admired for summer wildflowers, autumn foliage and a rare prevalence of both dry and wet plant species. Over two days you can pursue a 17km course that takes in three peaks, overnights in a picturesque mountain hut and ends with a rewarding soak in the reportedly healing waters of Nyūtō Onsen.
Access the trailhead at Komaga-take Hachigōme (eighth station) by taking one of seven daily buses (all departing before 1.30pm) from Tazawa-ko Station (¥1090, one hour). From the eighth station, it's a two-hour hike to the summit of Oname-dake (男女岳; 1637m) before pressing on to the eastern edge of the oval-shaped pond below and claiming your space at the Amida-ike Hinan Goya (阿弥陀池避難小屋) unmanned mountain hut; it's recommended that you leave a small tip (¥1000). You can also double back for 20 minutes or so and scale O-dake (男岳; 1623m).
On the second day, it's a seven-hour descent to Nyūtō Onsen, including first summiting Yoko-dake (横岳; 1583m). The trail down follows the ridgeline most of the way before winding through expansive marshlands rich with birdlife. Emerge at the Nyūtō Onsen bus stop, from where it's short stroll to a heavenly bath.