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Akita

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About Akita

Things to do in Akita

Upcoming Akita Events

Kakunodate Sakura Festival

Kakunodate Sakura Festival

Bonson Lam

The sakura or cherry blossom festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms in the Samurai town of Kakunodate...

Kakunodate Apr 20th - May 5th Free

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Where to eat in Akita

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Bonson Lam

German, Italian and Japanese yoshoku cuisine dominate the menu, with family favorites like croquettes, hamburg patties and ginger..

Places to stay in Akita

Hotel Metropolitan Akita

Hotel Metropolitan Akita

Kasia Szumna

Metropolitan Akita is a three star hotel next to the Akita Station. I had a pleasure to stay in this very comfortable place and..

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Six Days in Tohoku

Six Days in Tohoku

Ignatius Koh

Not much is known about Tohoku to the average traveller; perhaps only the memory of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated..

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About Akita

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
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 Prefecture (秋田県, Akita-ken), 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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