About Akita

Akita Prefecture, which is located in the Tohoku region is one of the few areas with heavy snowfall in Japan. It is known for holding many fascinating traditional festivals during winter. Among the local festivals that are well known throughout the whole of Japan are the Namahage Festival and Yokote Kamakura Festival. During the Namahage Festival, local residents are visited by Namahage, the god that brings cheerfulness which is also the symbol of Akita while during the Kamakura Festival, around 100 Kamakura (igloo-like snow houses) are built across the whole city. Visitors of the Yokote Kamakura Festival will not only be overwhelmed by the dazzling and elegant sceneries, their body and soul will also be warmed through the tender interactions with the locals. Therefore, please enjoy the most heartwarming snowy evening in Akita as visitors are able to experience a different kind of feeling only available here.

Tokyo Map Akita Highlight

JAL Japan Explorer Pass for Tourists

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.

Discover Akita — known for its delicious food, sake, rice and the annual Kanto Matsuri festival — and find interesting places to explore at Japan Travel.

Explore low-cost flights

Nyuto Onsen

At last - somewhere that lives up to the hype!

The Giant Tug of War of Kariwano

Each winter in Daisen, people gather for a tug of war

Yuzawa Inukko Dog Festival

A tribute to the faithful Akita

Our Lady of Akita Catholic Church

A pilgrimage to Seitai Hoshikai in Yuzawadai

Farmers & Fishmongers Market Akita

Banter for some fresh bargains with the locals