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Akita

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Yokote Kamakura Festival

Yokote Kamakura Festival

Every February, Akita's Yokote transforms into a fairytale landscape dotted with igloo-like structures in a festival dating back 400 years. These snow houses are known as Kamakura and are built in various areas around the city. The largest ..

Areas

Kakunodate

Kakunodate

Kakunodate (角館) is a former castle town and samurai stronghold in today's Akita Prefecture. While Kakunodate Castle no longer remains, the town is famous for its samurai tradition and its hundreds of weeping cherry trees (shidarezakura). Apart from the loss of its castle, Kakunodate remains rema..

Oga Peninsula

Oga Peninsula

The Oga peninsular lies on the western coast of Akita prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. Whilst primarily known for the local Namahage legend—a traditional custom every winter—the region is blessed with nature and a long coastline. Namahage is the name given to the demonlike 'ogres&..

Akita City

Akita City

Akita City is famous for being home to the Kanto Matsuri, one of the three big summer festivals in Tohoku. Beautiful lanterns symbolising rice is carried along the streets and the raw tribal music feels the air. Being by the sea it enjoys great seafood in every season and it is also famous for &ldq..

Dining

Sato Yosuke Udon Restaurant, Yokote

Sato Yosuke Udon Restaurant, Yokote

Sato Yosuke is a chain of udon restaurants that originated in Akita, featuring a type of udon called inaniwa. The noodles are made on location at the main restaurant in Masuda district of Yokote. They have 6 other locations in Akita and two in Tokyo,..

Izakaya Kuidoraku

Izakaya Kuidoraku

One of Akita Prefecture’s local foods is Yakisoba. Just imagine fried thick, square chopped wheat noodles with cabbage and ground pork, garnished with pickled vegetables in soy sauce and topped with a half-fried egg. Mouth watering! If you&rsqu..

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Orae is the place to go out for dinner at the resort town of Shirahama Beach at Tazawako Lake. Actually, it is the only place to go, as the other restaurants open for dinner are associated with their ryokan, hotel or hostel, and so only serve their i..

Places to stay

Hotel Metropolitan Akita

Hotel Metropolitan Akita

Metropolitan Akita is a three star hotel that towers over Akita Station, making it a recognisable landmark for those arriving in Akita. Famous for its natural beauty, regional food and traditional festivals, visits to Akita won't disappoint and t..

Folkloro Kakunodate Hotel

Folkloro Kakunodate Hotel

The Folkloro Hotel in Kakunodate has a perfect location, just a few steps from Kakunodate train station. You would never guess that this small hotel is owned by Japan Railways (JR). Its cozy atmosphere is more of a local hotel and it has everything y..

Hotel Richmond Akita Eki-mae

Hotel Richmond Akita Eki-mae

Tucked away between Akita Station and the Citizens Market, the Richmond Hotel is ideally placed if you are on the trail for some fine local handicrafts. Nearby there is a knife shop with hundreds of artisan blades with no a tourist in sight. After th..

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Akita Top 10 Attractions

Akita Top 10 Attractions

Akita prefecture is located in Northwest Tohoku, stretching along the coast facing the Sea of Japan. The name may sound familiar to dog lovers, but Akita has much more going for it besides its association with the famous dog breed. Beneath the surfac..

The Gem of Japanese Traditional Culture

The Gem of Japanese Traditional Culture

For this journey, we headed to Akita Prefecture, which is in the Tohoku region of Japan. I did not know much about Akita but thanks to this trip, I discovered another face of Japanese traditional culture. Japanese traditional culture is in fact much ..

Winter Bonden Festival in Daisen

Winter Bonden Festival in Daisen

Winters in Akita are long with a lot of snow, and many towns and villages take full advantage of this with winter festivals. The Daisen Bonden Festival is another way to celebrate winter. This festival traces its roots around 160 to 170 years back w..

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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
RegionTohoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalAkita
Population1,085,997
Area11,637.54 sq. km

Get ready to gain weight when you’re in Akita, 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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