About AIU


As part of its measures against COVID-19, AIU is currently restricting the use of its facilities by the general public. Please refer to our COVID-19 page for the latest information.

Access to AIU

Figure showing approximate travel times from major cities to AIU (as of April 2022). Taking an airplane to get to Akita Airport: 65 minutes from Tokyo, 65 minutes from Sapporo, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Nagoya, and 1 hour and 25 minutes from Osaka. Taking the Akita Komachi JR Bullet Train to get to JR Akita Station: 3 hours and 45 minutes from Tokyo, 2 hours and 15 minutes from Sendai.

Rough map to Akita International University from JR Akita Station and Akita AirportFigure showing the amount of time from nearest train stations, airport, and highway exit to the university, based on the bus route valid from January 9th, 2020. If you are coming by train, the JR Wada Station is the nearest station. A direct bus is available from there, which will take you to AIU in about 15 minutes. If you are coming from JR Akita Station, you can take either taxi or bus. The former takes about 30 minutes, while in the latter case you need to change buses at the Aeon Mall Akita bus terminal. The time on the bus, in this case, totals to about 45 minutes. For those coming from Akita Airport, it takes about 10 minutes using a taxi. On the other hand, if you are using the highway, the Akita Airport Exit of Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway is the closest exit, which is located at a 5-minute distance by car from the university.

Bus Timetable

Safety Measures
  • Avoid taking crowded buses and take basic infection prevention measures such as wearing masks.
  • Try to reduce the risk of infection by refraining from having conversations while on buses and by maintaining social distancing (2m) when you wait at bus stops.

* Please note that the timetable will change during the school holidays. It is listed on a separate page in the following PDF. It will also change depending on which day of the week you are using the bus.

Goshono Line

The bus service will be operated only between AIU and the AEON Mall. Bus between AEON Mall and JR Yotsugoya Station is no longer available.

Dec. 1, 2022- Mar. 31, 2023
Normal Operation Period
Vacation Period

Wada Line

Dec. 1, 2022- Mar. 31, 2023
Normal Operation Period
Vacation Period