About Akita
Region:Tohoku
Island:Honshu
Capital:Akita
Population:1,085,997
Area:11,637.54 sq. km

Get ready to gain weight when you’re in Akita, where you can find delicious dishes galore.

Its prime location adjacent to the Sea of Japan means great seafood (most notably the hata hata fish), while Akita is also known for its Akita Komachi brand of rice and the high quality sake brewed from it. Other famous Akita foods include kiritanpo, Inaniwa udon noodles, and the Yokote yakisoba.

When you’re not eating, try visiting the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or relax at the Nyuto Hot Springs. Akita is also the host of the All Japan Fireworks Competition, held annually on the fourth Saturday of August. If you’re visiting in the winter, watch out for men dressed as traditional namahage ogres!

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Sato Yosuke Udon Restaurant, Yokote

A restaurant and a museum under one roof

The Akita Nairiku Line in Winter

Going slow through the snow

The Giant Tug of War of Daisen

Each winter in Daisen, people gather for a tug of war

Paper Balloon Festival in Senboku

Kamihinokinai host a paper balloon festival in February

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The Akita Nairiku Line in Winter

Going slow through the snow

Looks like fun, I was there last week, I took a short video of the train passing by kitahinokinai station.

The Giant Tug of War of Daisen

Each winter in Daisen, people gather for a tug of war

The tug of war events are huge in Japan. In Okinawa they have one in the summer, like you said.

Paper Balloon Festival in Senboku

Kamihinokinai host a paper balloon festival in February

very nice!

The Namahage Sedo Festival

A scary and exciting festival in Oga Peninsula of Akita

informative!