Spots in Akita Area

  • Akita Museum of Art
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    4.0
    225 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 1-4-2
    This art museum located in the Nakadori district of Akita Prefecture’s Akita City opened in 1967. It moved to its present location in 2013, and was redesigned by architect Tadao Ando. The museum stores and exhibits numerous famous artworks, though the bulk of its collection is from 1930s Western-style painter Tsuguharu Foujita. Sights to see include the more than 20-meter long mural “Annual Events in Akita.” The unique architecture is a must-see, featuring elements such as a spiral stairway without any supports and a pond that looks out towards Senshu Park.

    When I visited, I was surprised that I could not pay my entry with credit card. After a walk for an ATM, and two shop later, ATM didnt work at he first shop, I finally got in. The only impressive...

  • Oga Aquarium GAO
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    123 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Togashiohama
    An aquarium overlooking the Sea of Japan in Togashiohama, Oga City, Akita Prefecture which was remodeled and reopened in 2004. Visited by large numbers of tourists, the aquarium was also used for filming in the movie “Tsuribaka Nisshi.” The impressive Giant Sea of Oga Aquarium exhibit recreates the ocean off Oga and houses some 2,000 living creatures spanning 40 species. Visitors can also come in contact with real sea creatures at the aquarium’s Touch Pool and watch the aquarium’s popular polar bears as they romp and play. The aquarium also has a restaurant where you can eat while gazing out over the sea.

    Getting there is not easy, we took a train to Hadachi Station from Akita Station. First to Nahamage Muesum, followed by the aquarium. Hadachi is one stop before Oga Station, it is closer to the road...

  • Statue of Tatsuko
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    3.5
    124 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Nishikichousaimyouji Katajiri
    This statue is on the west bank of Lake Tazawa, in Aza-Katajiri Nishiki-cho Saimyoji, Semboku City. It's based on the Lake Tazawa legend of Princess Tatsuko, a young girl who prayed for eternal youth and beauty, and whose wish was granted when she drank the waters of a magical forest spring and was turned to a dragon, the guardian spirit of the lake.

    I guess it is the most popular tourists round the lake. If you drive round the lake, dont just go there. There are other nice places around the lake.

  • Rest Village Nyuto Onsenkyo
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    130 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakobonai Komagatake 2-1
    Rest Village Nyuto Onsenkyo offers a taste of Akita home style cooking in the midst of a wide beech forest. It offers a wide variety of activities to try while enjoying the changing beauty of the seasons. Come experience truly memorable nature with one of the many memorable activities, including Akita Komagatake nature observation climbing in Akita Komagatake mountains, star and moon watching with astronomical telescopes, making a flower vase from Akita cedar or other wood as well as beech forest walking, and more. They also have hot spring baths with two different water types.

    I visited this place during my whole day of onsen hopping. Kyukumura is a modern-style hotel in Nyuto. Situated in the secluded Nyuto hot spring village. Kyukamura is a quiet hotel surrounded by...

  • Akita Folk Art Tradition Museum (Neburi-nagashi Museum)
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    4.0
    145 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Omachi 1-3-30
    Located in 1 Chome Omachi, Akita City, this historical resources museum has exhibits on Akita’s cultural arts, particularly the kanto lanterns used in the Akita Kanto Festival. It features a practice room and a conference room, and in summer, there is an event featuring performances of cultural arts. There is also a spot for actually getting acquainted with the kanto lanterns.

    This shows an outsider like myself how the festival is held and what is involved by those participating.

  • Akita Citizen's Market
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    3.5
    118 Reviews
    Shopping
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 4-7-35
    The busy Akita Shimin Ichiba (citizen's market) is thought of as the Kitchen of the city, and customers range from local housewives to professional chefs. You can find a range of fresh fish, quality meat, and of course seasonal vegetables, as well as daily necessities and Akita souvenirs. There is also a dining area offering the taste of the market for all to try.

    This market is quite well hidden away about two streets behind the covered shopping mall. Furthermore it is not obvious that it is a market if one doesnt know Japanese as the front of the market has...

  • Hakka Pass Viewing Platform
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Towadako Shipping pass
    A viewing platform located along the Hakka Pass 631 meters above sea level. One of the best viewing platforms in the Lake Towada area, visitors can enjoy picturesque scenery, including of course the magnificent lake as well as Mt. Ohanabe in the Towada caldera and the Hakko Mountain Range. The site also has toilets and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect place to stop for a rest in the middle of a drive.

    Worth visiting though in Western parlance it would be more helpful to refer to it as an Observation Point

  • Akigin Omorin no Mori, Akita City Omoriyama Zoo
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    4.5
    65 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Hamada Katabata 154
    The Omoriyama Zoo opened in 1973 and is approximately 8.8 hectares in size. The zoo has a characteristic terrain being surrounded by various trees and plants, and has a spring water lake called “Shiohikigata” in the center. There are 97 kinds of animals kept in the zoo and it takes approximately 90 minutes to leisurely walk around seeing them. There is also a visitor center, snack corner, the “Asove Forest” with large playground equipment, and an observation platform as well as Omoriyama Amusement Park “Aniba.” It is approximately 15 minutes from Akita Minami Interchange on the Akita Expressway.

    Cant beat the price! Sure, the zoo doesnt necessarily have the most impressive collection of animals, but you sure get lots of value for the money!

  • Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Omachi 3-3-21
    This is a museum of local history in Omachi Town, Akita City, Akita Prefecture, arranged in three buildings including the former Akita Bank headquarters “Red Brick House” constructed in 1912. Traditional craft items from Akita City are exhibited in the red brick building, designated as an important cultural property of Japan. Concerts are held annually in the magnificent atrium hall. The new building has memorial rooms for Akita-born woodblock print artist Katsuhira Tokushi and national treasure hammer artist Sekiya Shiro, as well as exhibitions relating to Akita’s history, folklore and art.

    This is a beautiful example of a building from the period; there are exhibits of local artists. One woodworking other a painter.

  • Roadside Station Tenno / Tenno Green Land
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Katagamishi Tennou Egawakamiyachi 109-2
    Roadside Station Tenno/Tenno Green Land is full of tourist and shopping facilities. From the symbol of the area, Tenno Sky Tower, to farm-direct sales and a natural onsen, there's something for the whole family. There is a tourist information office, as well as the Lagoon People's Exhibition, featuring displays about Hachiro Lagoon. Displays include fishing equipment used before its reclamation, pictures of the area drawn by Edo period travel writer Sugae Masumi, and more.

    産直の種類が多くてお勧めです。地のものがしっかりと感じられる商品が多いです。天王の大豆を使った豆腐や豆乳は行くと必ず購入しますし地元の障がい者施設の方が作ってるスイーツも色な種類がありどれも美味しいです。買いたいものがたくさん見つかる産直です

  • Akita Tazawako Snow Resort
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Senboku-shi Tazawako Obonai Shimotakano 73-2

    The views, up Mount Komagatake and down into Lake Tazawa appeared and disappeared through the clouds and snow. With a wood fire and tasty food, fast lifts, and plenty of snow we had a great time at...

  • Ando Miso Soy Sauce Brewery
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    4.5
    62 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachishimoshinmachi 27
    The former miso and soy sauce brewery was founded in 1853. The brick storehouse, built in the middle of the Meiji period, gives an atmosphere of long ago. You can enter the building and view the fusuma (sliding doors), hand-painted by Nishimiya Reiwa, free of charge. In the black plastered warehouse once used for storage, you can taste miso soup and pickles. You should definitely try the additive-free, naturally produced goods.

    You see many grain storage buildings, non combustible, throughout Japan, but this one really catches you attention. It is on the opposite end of town from the samurai houses.

  • Oga General Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Ogashi Funakoshi Ikkou 207-219
    One cannot miss this tourism spot at the entrance to the Oga Pennisula where two 15-meter high giant statues of Namahage, local ogres, are guarding its entrance. In addition to personalized tourism information from the staff, pamphlets of each area of the site are also available. A computer is also set up at the computer corner for instant information retrieval about the Oga area, while a video presentation of local events and tourist sites is also continuously playing on a screen to inform the visitors about the area. There are local specialty items for sale, and one can stop and enjoy a light meal at the cafe, or visit the outdoor stage and flower garden.

    The Oga Tourist Information Center has two huge statues of the Namahage Ogres. They are the famous ogres of Akita Prefecture which are 15 meters tall. All around the region, you will also find...

  • Sky Park Mt. Kanpu Panorama Observation Deck
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    32 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Wakimototominaga Kampuzan 62
    An observation deck standing on top of Mt. Kanpu, well known for its beautiful landscape views. On the first floor is a souvenir shop and restaurant, while on the second and third floors visitors can see photographs of the Hachirogata reclamation and displays on the history and nature of the Oga Peninsula in the exhibition rooms. On the fourth floor is the rotating observation deck. From here visitors can see the full 360 degree panorama from Mt. Kanpu, named one of the three best sights in the world.

    It is said that from the observatory you can see Hachirogata but I did not have time to go there. Instead I saw a part of Hachirogata, a polder which used to be the second largest lake(Brackish water...

  • Kakunodate Kabazaiku Denshokan
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    65 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachishimochou 10-1
    This is a tourist facility in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture, established to promote the traditional Kakunodate craft of “Kabazaiku” (cherry bark art) which began as the craftwork of lower-grade samurai. Kabazaiku is characterized by the brilliant, deep coloring it gets from the bark of the mountain cherry tree, and is often used for making tea utensils and accessories. Inside the building Kabazaiku, handicraft, cultural and historical materials are on display, and the Kabazaiku creation demonstration corner is particularly popular. The building itself, made in the old Kakunodate architectural style, is a sight to see.

    This Museum has an interesting collection which will enhance your knowledge of life and early industry in the Kakunodate district. During our visit there were also exhibitors of local crafts with...

  • Kosaka Railroad Railpark
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Furukawa 20-9
    Kosaka Railroad Railpark is a railway theme park developed using a disused railway station. The station originally formed part of a mine railway built to serve the Kosaka Mine, which at one point had a higher annual output than any other mine in Japan. The station buildings appear exactly the same as they did when the railway was still in the use, and carefully-restored locomotives and rolling stock are on display. There are rail-bikes and tourist railcars, enabling visitors to enjoy a unique railway experience. Accommodation is available in the “Blue Train Akebono” sleeper cars parked in the station area.

    本物のディーゼル機関車の運転体験ができます。機関士さんのからマスコンやブレーキの操作法について簡単な実地での説明を受けたら、エンジンを始動。レールパーク行内の線路約100メートルを往復します。なにせ約50トンの従量がある本物のディーゼル機関車だけにマスコンを操作しエンジンが吹き上がるとものすごい迫力を感じます。減速・停止の操作はブレーキをかけてから実際に制動がかかるまでのタイムラグが大きくなかなか...

  • Akita City Satake Museum
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    3.5
    58 Reviews
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    Akita Akita-shi Senshukoen 1-4
    A museum in Senshu Park, Akita City. Located in the Ninomaru (outer citadel) in Senshu Park where the ruins of Kubota Castle are located the museum has materials related to the Satake family, who once governed over the Akita domain, on display. Materials focus on the feudal lord Satake Yoshinobu in their permanent exhibit called the Birth of the Akita Domain but they also hold special themed exhibitions.

    Were not the key holding of this small museum out on loan when I visited, I would rate it more highly. It concentrates on a single family who dominated Akita for centuries; their history is related...

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Chuoumachi 8-12
    This is a general purpose facility next to Yokote City Office in Chuo Town, Yokote City. There are a local specialty shop and concert hall inside. They have displays on Yokote traditional kamakura igloo making, and in the kamakura room there's a real Yokote snow-made kamakura igloo on display year-round.

    This museum is very small, but a great opportunity to experience the Kamakura if you are not in the season. The people at the reception door was very friendly.

  • Nishinomiya House
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    52 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachitamachikamichou 11-1
    The Nishinomiya Family were retainers for the Satake clan that moved to Akita at the beginning of the Edo period. This residence, which was built in the most prosperous period for the land owner from the Meiji to Taisho periods, comprises five storehouses and one main building. The main building exhibits old documents and artefacts. Visitors can enjoy tea and sweets in the charming Japanese sweet café. The garden is also beautiful and you can see its different seasonal faces such as the cherry blossoms in the spring and the colorful kaki fruit in the autumn.

    When visiting Kakunodate most concentrate on the samurai houses this is on the other end of town giving a view of the merchant class.

  • Historical Site Osarizawa Mine
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    32 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Osarizawa Shishizawa 13-5
    An abandoned mine for the copper mines in Osarizawaaza Shishizawa, Kazuno City with mine deposits discovered in 708, Osarizawa Mine long contributed to Japan’s mining industry until it was closed in 1978, only to be opened to the public as mining ruins. You can try out some gold panning and other programs, you can tour the 1.7 kilometer-long mine. It is a valuable industrial heritage.

    I was staying in Hachinohe for 2 weeks and needed to get out of the house for a bit of a drive. This was perfect. One and a half hours in the car and a bit of a walk about Japans oldest mine. I...

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Famed for its sake and samurai, Akita prefecture offers quintessential Japanese culture in a non-touristy setting. Alongside the celebrated rice paddies and historical sites of the region lies dramatic natural scenery in the form of the rugged coastline of the Oga Peninsula and the Dakigaeri Gorge, best visited in autumn, when the leaves begin to change color.

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