Spots in Akita Area

  • Akita Museum of Art
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    4.0
    228 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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    126 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
    128 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.

  • Akita Folk Art Tradition Museum (Neburi-nagashi Museum)
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    4.0
    146 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.

  • Oyasukyo Daifunto
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    4.5
    87 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Aratokoro
    Oyasukyo is a famous spot in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. Located in a valley at 60 meter elevation, this hot spring is set apart by the boiling water and steam bubbling forth from bare rock. With its well-maintained trails, you can get a close look at the layers of bedrock holding back intense natural heat, with cracks letting out clouds of steam and hot water. It's also famous for its fall leaf viewing, and its popular sightseeing spot equipped with parking areas.

    We visited Oyasukyo Daifunto in July 2016 when exploring the Yokote area with our two young sons (age nearly 2 & nearly 4). This is a spectacular slice of nature and was lovely when we went in...

  • Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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    4.0
    110 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.

  • 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!

  • Hakka Pass Viewing Platform
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    4.0
    89 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

  • Akita Tazawako Snow Resort
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Kazuno Antler
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    3.5
    60 Reviews
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    Akita Kazuno-shi Hanawa Shindenmachi 11-4
    A roadside station located in the almost exact center of the northernmost three prefectures of the Tohoku region. The facility has a restaurant serving kiritanpo toasted mashed rice skewers and other local dishes, a cafeteria serving set meals, and a soba noodle stall, as well as a shop selling local specialty products and a farm fresh shop selling local agricultural products. Classes on making kiritanpo, yosegi-zaiku wood marquetry, and other local dishes and crafts are held here, as well. There’s an exhibit displaying some of the gorgeous floats used in the Hanawabayashi festival, and tourist information is also provided here.

    ツアーのオプショナルランチで利用しました。「八幡平ポーク陶板焼き膳」1320円を頂きました。雪だったので、熱い料理が美味しかったです。豚すき焼きの味でした。蕎麦屋、きりたんぽ屋、農産物直売、お土産物屋があります。

  • Shinzan-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitaurashinzan Mizukuisawa 97
    This shrine is in Oga City, Akita Prefecture. It is dedicated to the divinities Ninigi-no-Mikoto and Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto. It is famous for the New Year's Sedo Matsuri and February Namahage Sedo Matsuri festivals, both of which attract numerous visitors in-season. The Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum, where you can try on a Namahage suit, is nearby.

    As with other attractions we saw in Akita Prefecture whilst on a cruise ship day stop - it was lovely to see the Shrine - as with all the Shrines in Japan - well cared for and busy. However, was...

  • Roadside Station Tenno / Tenno Green Land
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    4.0
    50 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.

    ここに立ち寄る前に道の駅あきた港にも立ち寄り展望台からの景色を見てきましたが、この道に駅にも展望台が、ありますので、寄らせていただきました。 展望台からは男鹿半島も見え、寒風山も見えます。 あきたの道の駅は他県と比べても豪華な建物が多いですね!

  • Roadside Station Kisakata Nemu no Oka
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    27 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Kisakatamachi Oshiokoshi 73-1
    Located along National Route 7, this is among the largest roadside stations in the Tohoku area. In addition to the local product hall and restaurant, there is a day-trip hot spring and the Ashihotto foot bath, and many other travel facilities. And not only is there an observation deck on the sixth floor, there's an observation hot spring on the fourth, Chokai no Yu, with a view from the baths of the Sea of Japan year round. There's a banquet hall for large groups, making it a big draw for tour groups.

    秋田県にかほ市象潟。国道7号線沿いにある道の駅です。駐車場はかなり広いですが、シーズン期にはかなり混雑します。 メインの建物の階上に日帰り温泉があります。かなり濃厚な湯です。

  • 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.

  • Kakunodate Kabazaiku Denshokan
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    69 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 Mining Office
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Furudate 48-2
    This is a renaissance style sightseeing facility in Kosaka-machi, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. Once used as the offices for the Kosaka Mine, it was moved and remodeled in 2001. Inside, there are displays of materials from the Kosaka Mine, as well as the Modern Dress Hall, where you can rent dresses and have pictures taken. The building has been designated a National Important Cultural Property and attracts a lot of visitors.

    This old mine office in Kosaka which belong to mining company called DOWA the dedicate to the town to develop to be Kosaka Mine Museum is very beautiful with structure itself. Inside the building...

  • Akita City Satake Museum
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    3.5
    62 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...

  • Nishinomiya House
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    53 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.

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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    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.

  • Yokote Park Observation Deck
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    52 Reviews
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    Akita Yokote Shiroyamamachi 29-1
    An observation deck located in Yokote Park in Shiroyama-machi, Yokote City. The observation deck is built to resemble a castle keep on the grounds of a former outer citadel (and is commonly called Yokote Castle). From the observation deck you can look out over the surrounding scenery including the Yokote Basin, Mt. Chokai, and the Yokote River. While the observation deck is closed from December to March it is briefly reopened in February during the Yokote Snow Festival.

    Took the Shinkansen to Omagari and then local to Yokote. Heavy snow so I took a taxi to the castle 1,600 yen. This was a day trip and I was unable to establish if there was any bus service during...

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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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