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Paper Balloon Festival in Senboku

Paper Balloon Festival in Senboku

Monday - Feb 10th

The Paper Balloon festival is a very colourful festival in the middle of the Akita winter

Kamihinokinai 4 Free
Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival

Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival

Friday - Feb 14th

The Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival (火振りかまくら Hiburi Kamakura) takes place in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture annually on..

Kakunodate 2 Free
Namahage Sedo Festival

Namahage Sedo Festival

Feb 14th - Feb 16th

The Namahage Festival is held each year on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February, around the time of the old or lunar..

Shinzan Shrine 1 Free

Where to eat in Akita

Places to stay in Akita

Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen

Steve Morton

Set in a beautiful forest covered mountain, Nyuto Onsen is one place very much worth visiting, and one that is very accessible..

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Hotel Grantia Akita Spa Resort

Hotel Grantia Akita Spa Resort

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Hotel Route Inn Grantia Akita is located 8 minutes on foot from JR Akita Station. It has plenty of services on hand such as an in-house..

Akita Youthpal Hostel

Akita Youthpal Hostel

Bonson Lam

The Akita Youthpal Youth Hostel is more like a resort than a youth hostel. This is a slick modern building set in park like settings,..

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Kiritanpo

Kiritanpo

Charlie Hua

When you spend a day in the kingdom of snow here in Akita, the local speciality Kiritanpo is the perfect winter food for you to..

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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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