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  • 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
    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
    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.


  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    5 Reviews
    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.
  • Ukiki-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Nishikichousaimyouji Katajiri
    15 minutes by car from Yatsu Station. A bare wood shrine with a modern feel located on the shore of Lake Tazawa in Saimyoji, Nishiki Town. The shrine’s proper name is the Kansagu. The shrine was named with Kansagu by Masudo Soshu, a retainer of Akita Domain, in 1769. Because of this fact, Lake Tazawa has come to be called Lake Kansa, as well as Lake Sako. The driftwood enshrined in the shrine resulted in its common nickname of Ukiki-jinja Shrine— “Driftwood Shrine.” The shrine building sticks out over Lake Tazawa, and nearby stands a figure of the legendary Tatsuko. The shrine is believed to provide luck with finding love and marriage and is visited by many women.
  • Umamidokoro Idehaya
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Tanakamachi 1-23
    This Japanese pub is about a nine-minute walk from JR Yokote Station. The seafood here is brought in daily from the market and is extraordinarily fresh. Selected as one of the four devas in the “Yokote Yakisoba Four Devas Tournament,” this shop sees a constant stream of customers. The most touted dish would be “Yokote kuroge wagyu yakisoba.” It is a luxurious dish with simple Yokote yakisoba loaded up with kuroge wagyu from Yokote. The “Yokote kuroge wagyu horumon 5-piece set” lets you compare the wagyu intestines so it’s recommended.

    We were recommended to come to this little restaurant to enjoy yakisoba, and we did it, indeed! We had the chef osusume and it was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and invited us to have a...

  • Obukazawa Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Hachimantai
    On the border between Akita and Iwate prefectures, this observatory spot sits at an elevation of 1,560 meters. The smooth ridgeline of the mountains is quite beautiful, and—coupled with the distant views of Mt. Akitakomagatake, Mt. Chokai, and Mt. Gassan—makes this location a truly scenic spot.
  • Ohmura Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiyamanemachi 39-1
    A 16 minute walk from Kakunodate Station. A private museum located in Kakunodate, Senboku City, Akita Prefecture dedicated to René Lalique, who was considered an Art Deco master. The museum’s collection of some 400 pieces includes glass works of art by Lalique, Art Deco pieces from the same period as his lifetime, and related materials. In order to fully show off the beauty of its glass artwork, the museum makes use of small exhibition spaces and careful lighting. In addition, the museum chooses a special theme every two or three months and presents select pieces for exhibition accordingly.

Akita Main Areas


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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