The Akita Expressway starts at the Kitakami JCT of theTohoku Expresswayand heads in a westerly direction into Akita Prefecture. Parts of the road are not actually officially 'expressway' but rather 'national highways' - but the whole length is generally known as Akita Expressway.
The section between Hachiryu IC and Futatsui Shirakami IC is toll free. There are plans to extend the road beyond the current end point.
The Akita Expressway is often used to get to: Ski resorts in Akita