Leaving pleasant memories behind in Kakunodate I boarded a local line to Shizukuishi Station. By the way, Akita can be reached directly from Tokyo Station via the Akita Komachi Shinkansen, Akita's own exclusive line.
The last leg of my journey took me to Iwate Prefecture, right next door from Akita Prefecture to a small onsen town near Tsunagi Onsen. Just to give you a little perspective, on Akita's side is the Sea of Japan, and on Iwate's side is the Pacific Ocean. Between these two prefectures are some of the most densely wooded areas in Tohoku. Iwate is rugged and beautiful whereas Akita is graceful and charming.