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The Cruise Ship Port of Akita

Did you know you can visit Akita by cruise ship? Akita's port is close to the Selion Tower, with views from the mountains to the sea. There are direct buses to Akita City and Akita Station, the gateway to Shirakami Sanchi National Park and the Hot springs at Tazawako.

Six Days in Tohoku

Not much is known about Tohoku to the average traveller; perhaps only the memory of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated the region remains. But the region rebuilt quickly and has begun to reestablish itself as a place teeming with lovely landscapes. For nature lovers, this is the place to be.

Dakigaeri Gorge

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 Namahage Sedo Festival

The Namahage Festival is held each year on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February, around the time of the old or lunar new year. Namahage are ogre like creatures that roam around the Oga Peninsula of Akita, looking for lazy or disobedient kids.

Akita's Lake Tazawa

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.