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  • Kakunodate Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence Area)
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachikamichou - Higashi Matsubori
    This samurai district was the result of large scale urban planning by Lord Ashina at the beginning of the Edo period, in 1620. Designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, there are still a number of samurai houses preserved, including the Aoyagi house. The area is also famed for cherry blossoms, with weeping cherry and other different cherry trees than Yoshino lining the streets. The Kakunodate Sakura festival is held every year from April 20 to May 5.
  • Oga Aquarium GAO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Oga Peninsula
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita-ken Oga-shi
    This peninsula is in Oga City, Akita Prefecture. This area is famed as the origin of the namahage folk monster, and the entrance to Oga has a Namahage Statue. Mt. Kanpuzan has a rotating observation platform offering a 360 degree view of the grand scenery. They also offer popular paraglider rides to try. There are onsen facilities like Oga Onsen Village, and this is a great place for tourists to spend a few relaxing hours.
  • Lake Tazawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Senboku City Akita Prefecture Tazawako
    With a maximum depth of 423.4 meters, Lake Tazawa is Japan’s deepest lake. The beautiful, sparkling indigo blue waters have been named one of Japan’s 100 Best sights. This area is home to the legend of Princess Tatsuko, and there is a gold statue of her by Yasutake Funakoshi on the shore.
  • Senshu Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Senshukouen
    This park in Akita City, Akita Prefecture was established to maintain the inner and outer citadel of Kubota Castle. It was designed by landscape architect Yasuhei Nagaoka. The remains of the Omonogashira-gobansho (a guard post where the samurai on guard duty and in charge of opening and closing the gates were stationed) and the restored Osumiyagura turret and front gate offer vestiges of the past, and these are popular as photo spots. At a shop in the outer citadel one can try delicious dumpling called Senshu Dango. The lush garden is famous for its cherry blossoms and azaleas and is consequently a popular spot for blossom viewing during the cherry blossom festival and azalea festival each spring.
  • Akita Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Designed locally and originally the Akita bank (til 1969), the building had very high ceilings and plenty of marble and woodwork to marvel at. The two exhibitions - by two metal work and wood cut...

  • Otafuku
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    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Omachi 4-2-25
    A local cuisine restaurant in Omachi Town, Akita City, Akita Prefecture, where one can taste Akita’s fresh seafood and mountain food. The menu is a lineup of Akita specialties including kiritanpo (mashed rice pressed on a skewer and toasted) and shottsuru (salted and fermented fish sauce), sandfish, hinaijidori (a cross between Hinai-Dori and Rhode Island Red Chickens), with kiritanpo being served with the most pride. The kiritanpo using Akitakomachi rice from the Senpoku plain is known for its sweetness and aroma, and are rolled and baked stick by stick. The tasty aroma one gets from a sip of the hinaijidori broth soup is another draw for visitors. Aside from counter seats there are also private rooms and sunken kotatsu (warmer) seats, allowing you to enjoy your meal in peace.

    舞茸、キノコ美し、新米も最高です。キリタンポ鍋、しめにいただきました。上品なお出汁最高です。秋田初めて満喫。

  • Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Prefecture kakunodate Omotemachishimocho 3
    The old mansion and prestigious Yakuimon (roofed gate) of the Aoyagi Family, vassals of Lord Ashina and Lord Satake. The architecture of the main building has remained unchanged for about 200 years and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. There are valuable armor and helmets, relating the history of the Aoyagi family, displayed in the armory. The Kaitaishinsho Gallery has displays about the history of the Aoyagi Family, the faithful Odano Naotake and “Kaitaishinsho” (a book of anatomy). There is an experience corner, shop, and a coffee shop for you to enjoy your journey back in time. In spring there is a new species of cherry tree that is said to be the only one of its type in Japan, called the Aoyagi eight-petaled red weeping cherry.
  • The Ishiguro Manor
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    115 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachishimochou 1
    The Ishiguro family house is located to the north of Bukeyashiki Road (street of samurai houses). It is the oldest existing house in the samurai residence area of Kakunodate, and it is the only one allowing visitors to enter inside the house for viewing. It is estimated that the main building was built between the 18th and 19th centuries, the roof is thatched, the garden has moss that looks like water, and expresses a prestigious samurai style. It is a 20-minute walk from Kakunodate Station.

    Got a tour (simple English) from Ishiguro San himself (the 13th generation) who introduced his house to us. He is a friendly and amiable person. His house is fairly but nothing spectacular. Will...

  • Ando Miso Soy Sauce Brewery
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    4.5
    53 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This brewery which is responsible for the production of artisanal soy sauce and miso is a treasure house of Japanese ingredients. There are many things you can taste and we didn't encounter anywhere...

  • Kakunodate Kabazaiku Denshokan
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    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kosendo
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    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachihigashikatsurakuchou 9
    A well-known udon & soba shop in an old temple school building of a former samurai residence, in Kakunodate Town, Semboku City, Akita Prefecture. The specialties are a smooth rice plant udon using hinaijidori chicken or maitake mushroom, and locally-produced buke soba with buckwheat flour aroma bamboo shoot and beefsteak plant (macrophyll) tempura inside. It is a popular tourist spot for its exterior and interior that still retain the atmosphere of the Edo period.

    a nice break during the stroll through kakunodate. the local inaniwa udon served here is excellent, slurp worthy noodles in piping hot broth!. the architecture is beautiful and fits in perfectly with...

  • Restaurant Kitagura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachitamachikamichou 11-1
    This is a restaurant remodeled from a warehouse built in 1919, with an attractive subdued modern-retro atmosphere. One can enjoy coffee and a menu with locally-produced rice grown with few pesticides and fresh vegetables. The daily special lunch, available weekdays, is particularly popular. In the grounds of the “Akita Kakunodate Nishinomiyake” samurai residence, one can enjoy walking around Japanese-style sweet cafes and artifact exhibition spaces. Access from Kakunodate Station.
  • Nyuto Onsenkyo Taenoyu
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    200 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakobonai Komagatake 2-1
    This onsen hotel in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture allows day trips, and is popular with female visitors for its meticulous service and modern atmosphere. One can enjoy “gold” and “silver” source water in seven different baths. It is famous for an open air mixed bathing area where one can look out over the Sendachi River, offering the true charm of a secluded hot spring. Women can wear towels in the mixed bathing area. With the accommodation plan, guests can try the local kiritanpo (mashed rice pressed on a skewer and toasted) cuisine too.

    I visited as a daytripper after I finished Tsurunoyu. I loved Tsurunoyu as it felt very speciao. Tae no yu was also nice, but I just didnt feel it was that special. The rotenburo pool was a bit...

  • XenoBar
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 4-5-9 within Martroyville 2 Fjamhouse
    This all-genre club is located near JR Akita Station inside the event space Jamhouse. Inside the approximately 40-square meter club, there is a DJ booth with a great sound system, a standing drinking space and sofa seating. You can enjoy yourself in different ways, such as getting excited by DJ performances, dancing to club music, or drinking slowly while listening to the music. It is operated as a bar on days when there are no events.
  • Hakka Pass Viewing Platform
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Petits Fraises
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    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachi Large bath 2
    A Western confectionary located a 14 minute walk from Kakunodate Station. The shop’s cute exterior matches well with the townscape of Kakunodate, known as “little Kyoto.” The second floor is a restaurant; from the terrace seating area, you can enjoy café-style drinks and light meals together with a sweeping view of the Hinokinai River, famous for its avenue of cherry trees. The most popular item on the restaurant menu is the fluffy and rich omelet rice, made with flavorful Hinai-jidori chicken eggs. The Saimyoji Monc Blanc set, made with Saimyoji-guri chestnuts soaked in syrup, is popular among women customers for its reserved, delicate sweetness.

    1階はケーキ、焼き菓子、和菓子を販売。2階はレストランで、1階で購入したケーキも食べれます。 日本一大きい西明寺栗を使ったお菓子は種類も豊富で、手土産としてよく買わせていただいてます。

  • Cape Nyudozaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitauranyudouzaki Kombura
    Cape Nyudozaki is at the end of the Oga Peninsula. At the end of an expanse of green grass stands a lighthouse characterized by its black and white exterior. The panorama of the wide expanse of blue ocean is most impressive. A monument that marks 40° north latitude is made of andesite rock from the Oga Peninsula.
  • Roadside Station Gannosato Sennan Gantaro
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokugunmisatochou Kanezawa Shimodate 124
    Located about 15 minutes by car from Yokote Interchange on the Akita Expressway, this roadside station is in Misatocho Town, Senboku County, and was the setting for “Gosannen no eki” battle. Its nickname is “Gantaro.” With a vast parking lot fitting 100 vehicles, the fully retro building has a wholesaler and a restaurant. At the wholesaler, you will find specialty goods like akebi vine goods, as well as rice, pickles, and fresh vegetables from Sennan, Misatocho Town. Also, the restaurant has dishes that use Sennan-grown Akita-komachi rice and fresh vegetables.

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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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