The national capital Tokyo is situated 220 miles (354 kilometers) south of Shonai.
Visitors can use Shonai as a launch pad for further adventures. This popular region is blessed with numerous wonderful cultural and natural attractions. Shinjo, is 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the west, while Yurihonjo can be found 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the south.
About 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the north of Shonai is Akita, a regional center where you'll find Selion, Shenshu Park and Mt. Taihei Resort Park. Atorian, Akita Municipal Gymnasium and Akarenga Folklore Museum are good places to visit.
One of the most pleasurable aspects of exploring this incredible world of ours is discovering local languages, so invest the time to learn some basic Japanese during your holiday. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is handy. In English, it means "Would you like to dance with me?" Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
Should you be lucky enough to be in Yamagata on the 23rd of December, partake in the events surrounding the annual Birthday of Emperor Akihito celebrations.
When it is time to depart this special place, say farewell the way they do in Japanese, with a hearty "Sayōnara."