Akita, Japan

秋田 日本語テストテストThere is a celebratory air in Akita, where year round festivals and street parades are colorfully integrated into daily life. A key city in the Tohoku region since medieval times, Akita was once a castle town of the Satake clan, but today is a vibrant, prosperous city that seamlessly honors its past but embraces its young energetic spirit. Noted for its burgeoning art community, there are several fine museums to explore including The Hirano Masakichi Art Musuem housing a collection of work by Western and Japanese artists, the Akita City Folklore Museum and the Kakunodate Samurai District, a living museum that showcases the samurai way of life. In the neighboring Oga Peninsula, the region's most famous icon, the terrifying Namahage, has it's won cultural center and festival ritual performed in his name. Surrounding the city, fertile farmland and rice fields produce some of the best sake in the country and nature lovers won't know which way to turn – to the west is the picturesque Sea of Japan and to the north, south and east, majestic mountain ranges including the UNESCO World Heritage sight of Shirakami-Sanchi proudly stand. A trip to the revolving observation center Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory solves the dilemma.

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Points of Interest

  • Lake Tazawa
  • Kakunodate Samurai District
  • Shirakami-Sanchi
  • Akita City Folklore Museum
  • Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory
  • Akita Sake

More about Akita, Japan Points of Interest

  • Lake Tazawa

    Situated in the center of eastern Akita Prefecture, Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan at almost 1,400 feet and is perfectly circular in shape.
    田沢湖

  • Kakunodate Samurai District

    An impeccably preserved samurai district that once housed about 80 families and showcases samurai architecture and lifestyle.
    角館武家屋敷

  • Shirakami-Sanchi

    A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the largest virgin beech tree forest in East Asia.
    白神山地

  • Akita City Folklore Museum

    This lovely art museum is housed in a former 20th century bank building. The red brick Renaissance exterior gives way to a lovely baroque interior that showcases the works of two renowned local artisans.

  • Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory

    Enjoy the changing scenery as you rotate 360 degrees, and take advantage of the many varied photo opportunities courtesy of the landscape, which is devoid of trees.

  • Akita Sake

    Akita Prefecture is known for its high-quality rice. The cool climate and longer winters contribute to the ideal rice-growing conditions, earning it the nickname "Empire of Beautiful Sake".

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日本語ガイド付き:男鹿半島・寒風山回転展望台となまはげ館

4.5 hours | Akita | A X T - 2 1 4
  • Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory

Celebrate the beauty and the beast when you journey to the Oga Peninsula. First, behold the area's spectacular scenery from the revolving viewing platform of the Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory. Then, learn about the beastly, demon figures known as the namahage at the Namahage Museum.

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Oga Peninsula: Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory & Namahage Museum

4.5 hours | Akita | A X T - 2 1 0
  • Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory

Celebrate the beauty and the beast when you journey to the Oga Peninsula. First, behold the area's spectacular scenery from the revolving viewing platform of the Mt. Kanpuzan Observatory. Then, learn about the beastly, demon figures known as the namahage at the Namahage Museum.

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日本語ガイド付き:角館武家屋敷めぐり

5.5 hours | Akita | A X T - 2 0 9
  • Kakunodate Samurai District

Walk in the footsteps of the samurai with a tour of the Kakunodate Samurai District, a living museum that celebrates the samurai lifestyle and culture. Step inside the Aoyagi House, an impressive complex of museum collections, restaurants and gift shops and the Ishiguro House, the current home of samurai descendants.

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Kakunodate Samurai Town

5.5 hours | Akita | A X T - 2 0 5
  • Kakunodate Samurai District

Walk in the footsteps of the samurai with a tour of the Kakunodate Samurai District, a living museum that celebrates the samurai lifestyle and culture. Step inside the Aoyagi House, an impressive complex of museum collections, restaurants and gift shops and the Ishiguro House, the current home of samurai descendants.

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