Japan Railways (JR) operates a train from Niigata to Akita hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $2 and the journey takes 10 min. Japan Railways Limited Express also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and 3 other airlines fly from Niigata to Akita hourly.
How to get from Niigata to Akita
From Aoyama(Niigata) train to Niigata then train to Akita. 4 h 47 min ¥7355. From Niigata drive to Akita. 3 h 48 min ¥3726. From Niigata taxi to Niigata airport, fly to Akita airport, taxi to Wada, then train to Akita. 4 h 48 min ¥49119.