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If you're visiting Akita, check out this list of top tips and things to do to make the most of your time there.

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Lake Tazawa in Akita Prefecture is another stunning example of the natural beauty of northern Japan. Hiking, boating, eating, or even hot springs, Lake Tazawa has it all.
You can’t go anywhere in Akita without seeing references to the demon figures known as namahage. Find out what they are and where they come from at the Namahage Museum.
Take a break from the busy city just minutes from the station. It's Akita's Sensu Park.
The Oyasu area is famous for its volcanic activity deep down in the Earth. The area is strewn with heated pools of water and hot springs. Most famous is Oyasu Ravine.
The heroics of the lantern bearers loom large and you can come close and personal with the teams vying for the best kanto bearer.
Kakunodate: Experience ancient Japan in one of the few places where you can escape the chaotic and modern metropolis. Visit the immaculately preserved Samurai houses and go back in time. This town also houses one of the most extensive European antique shops in the area.
Dakigaeri Gorge offers visitors stunning views of mountains, waterfalls and an iridescent blue river from the easy-to-walk hiking path that runs through the gorge.
The Akita Museum of Art plays homage to Tsuguharu Foujita, with a permanent collection tracing his life and works. His Book of Cats, is one of the most expensive rare books ever sold. Also on display is the work of Hirano Masakichi, who was born in Akita. Having developed an affection for art, particularly in regards to Foujita’s, he later became his patron.