Spots in Akita Area

  • Oga Aquarium GAO
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Tatsuko statue
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    3.5
    131 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Senboku-shi Nishikicho Saimyoji Katajiri

    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.

  • Kubota Castle Ruins
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    3.5
    169 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Senshukouen 1-39
    This is a paid-entry ruins facility in Akita City Senshu Park. The four-story building has a museum on the first and second floors exhibiting materials and movies related to the Akita fief's Satake clan. The upper floor has an observation deck with views of Akita City's lovely scenery. It's a popular spot for those looking to get closer to area history and culture.

    It was a pity that when we visited the castle, it’s a cloudy and rainy and therefore, everywhere was dark. But looking at the snow scene, it looked really nice. After visiting multiple castles here...

  • Akita Folk Art Tradition Museum (Neburi-nagashi Museum)
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    88 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.

    国道(大噴湯の案内板あり)から急な階段を降りていき、渓流沿いに整備された遊歩道をしばらく歩いていくと、湯煙が突然目に入ってきました。さらに近づいてみると、渓流の壁面の岩盤の隙間から、もの凄い勢いで湯が水平方向に噴出していて驚きました。 壁面から出ている光景など見たこともありません。 壁面から水平に噴出した湯が遊歩道まで達している箇所もあるので、そこを歩いて通り抜けた時は熱々でした。また、硫黄臭が...

  • Akita Furusato Village
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Akasaka Tomigasawa 62-46
    Akita Furusato Village kamakuland is a theme park for any weather consisting of a variety of facilities such as Starry sky expedition Museum SPACIA, the largest planetarium in the Tohoku region where visitors can enjoy exploring the starry sky, the Wonder Castle featuring trick art and a variety of play equipment, as well as the Industrial Arts Exhibition Hall of Akita traditional crafts, and the Akita Museum of Modern Art. The facility includes a studio where visitors can experience making homemade items and learn while playing. At the home cooking hall, you can also enjoy local cuisine and gourmet.

    秋田自動車道、横手インターを降りてすぐのところにありゆっくりと遊べる施設がいろいろ、美術館などもあります。 この日はふるさとドーム劇場でアート&クラフト展が開催されていて早い時間から混雑しています。 全国各地から色んな作り手お方が来ていて見ているだけでも楽しむことができました。

  • Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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    4.0
    112 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    91 Reviews
    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.

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

  • Akita Nairiku Juukan Railway
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    4.5
    84 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Kita-akita-shi Ani Ginzan Shimoshinmachi 41-1

    Didnt actually travel the railway. We were just driving by and saw the railway bridge and stopped to get some photos. While there, we were lucky that the train passed by. So here are some photos of...

  • Akita Tazawako Snow Resort
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Senboku-shi Tazawako Obonai Shimotakano 73-2
    The ski resort boasts a spectacular view of the lapis lazuli colored Lake Tazawa from the slopes, and as one of the leading ski resorts in Tohoku, has a total of 13 courses that can be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike. There is also a children's playground where children can enjoy sledding and snow play to their heart's content.

    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.

    ロの字型の建物で、中庭を囲んでお土産物屋さんやレストランなどが並んでいます。 産直品を売るいちばコーナーでは名物のバター餅や野菜、果物とその加工品など手ごろなお値段で売っていました。 きりたんぽ発祥の地だそうで、きりたんぽづくりの体験もできるようです。

  • Rest Village Nyuto Onsenkyo
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    乳頭温泉は標高が高いので、秋田空港に着いた時は雪見風呂はできないと思いきや、休暇村の少し出前で景色が一変。ぶなの森が一面の雪景色でした。露天風呂でさらさらと降りしきる粉雪を見上げながら、暖かい温泉を堪能しました。ホテルを拠点に近くの秘湯温泉を立ち寄り湯で楽しめます。休暇村はコロナ対策もばっちりで、ビュッフェは各テーブルにビニール手袋が配られ、使用後のテーブルはスタッフの皆さんがこまめに消毒、安心し...

  • Roadside Station Tenno / Tenno Green Land
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    4.0
    49 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!

  • Ando Miso Soy Sauce Brewery
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    4.5
    67 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.

    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.

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Kakunodate Kabazaiku Denshokan
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    72 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...

  • Ganiba Onsen
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Akita Senboku-shi Tazawako Tazawa

    I tried to make a booking on Ganiba Onsen but it was fully booked. So I ended up visiting this place for a few hours during my onsen hopping. I must say Ganiba is my number one favourite.

  • Roadside Station Iwaki (Shimashiki Fishing Port Park Iwaki Island Park)
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yurihonjoushi Iwakiuchimichikawa Shintsurugata 192-43
    This roadside station is along National Route 7. The restaurant and Iwaki Onsen Minato no Yu offer views of the Sea of Japan with your meal and bath, and are popular with tourists and locals alike. The low-brow cuisine Honjo Ham Fry Burger is a popular dish you can only get here! This spot is famous for views of the sunset over the Sea of Japan.

    道路沿いから見ても何やら広そうな施設だったが、駐車場が車やバイクでいっぱいで流行っている?!というのも、温泉施設やオートキャンプ場があるから?私たちは小腹が空いたので立ち寄ったのだが、息子が“ハムカツバーガー”、私は“塩バニラソフト”をいただいたのだが、どちらもまあまあイケます。そして、建物の裏側へ行ってみると・・・何と、目の前が日本海!!天気の良い日だったので、外で食べている人もいて、いい感じ...

  • Roadside Station Kisakata Nemu no Oka
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    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。

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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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