Akita is located along the coast of the Sea of Japan, bringing in fresh seafood such as the famous hatahata fish. Not only that, Akita’s Komachi rice and the high quality sake brewed from it draws many people to the northern city in Tohoku. Other famous Akita foods include kiritanpo, Inaniwan udon, and Yokote yakisoba, making it a food haven not to be missed. If you visit during winter, men dressed as traditional namahage ogres might greet you in the city.
Japan Airlines (JAL) is offering budget friendly tourist fares to over 30 cities across Japan through their ‘JAL Japan Explorer Pass’. The fares provide great opportunities to explore Japan faster and at a cheaper price than via Shinkansen (bullet train). The one-way economy class fare to Akita is only at 5,400 yen.
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“Got amazed by the Kamakura. Experienced the majestic view on top of the Yokote castle and had a taste of local food of Yokote while resting inside Kamakura! It was indeed a day of fun and learning as well!”Darwin, Philippines
“The “Hiburi Kamakura” festival reminded me of our traditional ceremony in my county! last Tuesday night of every year in Iranian calendar (somewhere in the middle of March) we are making big fires with our families and friends!”Hadi, Iran
“The paper balloon festival was awesome! I wrote my wish on the balloon, it flew and my wish really came true! The cold didn’t bother me”Tina, Indonesia
“I’ll never forget the sound of all the children crying in the night as we watched the Namahage begin their slow descent down from the mountain towards us. It is at once fascinating, humorous and macabre.”Wil, Australia