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!
From around mid to late April in Akita City, the banks of the Taihei River come alive with the color of around 1000 cherry trees..
Each year during spring, Akita's Senshu Park is filled with color when over 700 cherry trees begin to bloom. The park was built..
From around mid to late April each year, Akita's Mato Park is home to an incredible 2000 cherry trees in bloom - it's no..
Japan's very first World Natural Heritage Site was Akita Prefecture's epic and dramatic Shirakami mountains and forests..