Leisure / Hobbies 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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    4.0
    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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Korakukan
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Matsunoshita 2
    The National Important Cultural Property designated Korakukan was built in 1910 as a theater in the Meiji period. Kurogo (stage assistants dressed in black) explain the history and characteristics of the playhouse, the stage equipment and the dressing room to visitors, and plays are still performed. There is also a shop and a buckwheat soba noodle restaurant in the hall. Lunch boxes can be ordered three days in advance, so visitors can eat and drink while watching a play at their seats. It is approximately three minutes by car from Kosaka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    I first heard about this theatre on the NHK travel show Journeys in Japan, which - for some reason - made me think superkabuki was a shortened (2 hours) but still serious performance (despite the...

  • Akita City Senshu Museum of Art
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Akita Akita-shi Nakadori 2-3-8
    An art museum located inside the Akita Atorion building in Nakadori 2-Chome, Akita City. Their collection focuses mainly on pieces from local Akita artists and pieces in the Akita Ranga style of painting which originated in the mid Edo period and drew influences from Western-style art.

    We were in akita with Asuka II to see the Kanto Festival and this museum tour was part of the package. It was ok - displaying peter rabbit novels, artwork, etc. but just wasnt to my taste. there...

  • Hirafuku Memorial Museum of Art
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachikamichou 4-4
    The Hirafuku Memorial Museum of Art is an art museum in Omotemachi Kamicho, Kakunodate Town, Semboku City. The name of the building is derived from the Japanese painters Suian Hirafuku and Hyakusui Hirafuku, parent and child from Kakunodate. The building was designed by Hiroshi Oe, known for his architectural designs of the National Noh theater and Hosei University. Opened in 1988, it was built on the land where the North Satake family (Satake-hokke) of the Satake clan resided and where the old Kakunodate Junior High School building stood. There are pieces of work on display from Naotake Odano and other local artists and followers of Hirafuku, as well as other active young artists.

    At the north end of the samurai houses sit this nice park area with building sitting to the rear, I did not know it was open for viewing the artist exhibited, but the grounds are great.

  • Mining Museum of Akita University
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
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    Akita Akita-shi Tegata Osawa 28-2
    A museum adjoining Akita University in Tegata Osawa, Akita City. The museum's collection consists of minerals and mining-related items gathered since the establishment of the Akita Mining College, the predecessor of the current Faculty of International Resource Sciences. Exhibits include over 1,500 mineral samples spanning some 400 varieties from around Japan and the world, large mineral specimens excavated from mines in the prefecture, and an exhibit on the history and composition of the Earth.

    We briefly visited the Mining Museum of Akita University. Akita University is one of the few universities that retain mining faculties due to Akitas long history in mining. The museum is located on...

  • Akita Furusato Village
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    4.0
    4 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.

    秋田駅前にも出店してもらいたいお店です。こちらへ行くと必ず食べます。あっさりしてるラーメンが大好きなので最近の家系ラーメンより煮干し中華系が好きな人に是非お勧めします

  • Tazawako Herb Garden / Heart Herb
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakotazawa Before the lagoon 78
    This botanical garden is around the area by Lake Tazawa in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture. The herb garden has over 250 kinds of herbs on display, and for a fee, guests can try various crafts, like making their own scent sprays or hand creams with herbs and oils. There is also a restaurant inside the garden with menus geared toward large groups, as well as a lunch buffet. It is popular with families and other tourist groups.

    Im not sure why this place doesnt rate higher among things to do. Then again, it perhaps should really be listed under restaurants, as you would mainly go here to eat. We went for the weekend...

  • Akita Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Kanashiniozaki Ushiroyama 52
    This is a free museum in Akita City, Akita Prefecture. It exhibits all kinds of materials related to Akita history and folk crafts. In the Hands-on Experience Room, there are regular activities like Japanese Paper Dying and Model Making. They also host museum talks and various other events. Special exhibits have entry fees.

    The building is nice as are the exhibits. It’s not a big museum but it’s certainly worth a look. After seeing the exhibits enjoy a very nice coffee and view of Senshu Park across the way. At the...

  • Akita Museum of Modern Art
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Akasaka Tomigasawa 62-46
    This museum was opened in 1994 in Yokote City, Akita Prefecture. It primarily exhibits modern works by Akita native or related artists. In addition, the Hi-Vision Gallery holds the museum's collection. The first floor has a Museum School offering regular lectures on art and many people participate.

    大好きな美術館です。久々ミュシャ展で行きました。コロナの事もあり中止になってはいけないと思って初日に行きました。ミュシャは本場のプラハの美術館でも何度も見てるお気に入りの画家です。ミュシャはサラベルナールをモチーフとした華やかな女性の絵も好きなのですが、スラヴ叙事詩の故郷のスラヴ人...

  • Noshiro Energium Park
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Noshiroshi Omoriyama 1-6
    "A museum located a 15-minute drive from JR Noshiro Station in Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture. Facilities include the Noshiro Nebu Nagashi Hall, which displays Noshiro kites decorated with Berabo faces and traditional parade floats used in the long-held Nebu Nagashi festival; an ""ancient forest"" modeled after the Carboniferous Period; an exhibition hall where you can learn about energy consumption; and a gallery which provides information on the Noshiro Thermal Power Plant and environmental initiatives. There's also a culture hall used for lectures and seminars, and a playground and square for playing sports."

    お天気が良いときはエリア内にある遊具などでも遊べます。中も科学や植物に触れることができて自由研究にも良いでしょう。休日はワークショップも度々行われているので、参加するのも楽しいです。

  • Polder Museum of Ogata-Mura
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Minamiakitagunogatamura Nishi 5-2
    This museum is in Ogata-Mura, Minami Akita County, Akita Prefecture. It offers exhibitions on Hachiro Lagoon reclamation, Ogata agriculture and more, with dioramas and multi-screen systems. There are also regular activities and events such as the Handicraft Classes and Nature Observation Meetings. It's often used as a communication and exchange center for local students.

    Oogata Village is a large village created on reclaimed land. Hachirougata was the second largest lake in Japan after Lake Biwa but now only one eighth remains after land reclamation of roughly two...

  • Akita Station Building Topico & ALS
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
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    Akita Akita-shi Nakadori 7-1-2
    A shopping mall adjoining Akita Station in 7-Chome Naka-dori, Akita City. The mall's variety of tenants includes restaurants; cafes; and establishments selling sweets, deli sides, bento box lunches, and fresh foods. You can also find local Akita specialty products and alcoholic beverages here. The adjoining ALS building is occupied by fashionable apparel and lifestyle goods stores.

    駅に隣接する商業施設で 無印良品やマツモトキヨシなどがはいっていたり服やコーヒー屋もあるので必要なものはだいたいここでそろいます

  • Omoriyama Amusement Park Anipa
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Akita Akita-shi Hamada Katabata 154
    "An amusement park located in Katabata Hamada, Akita City. In addition to attractions such as a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and mirror house, there's also a restaurant and light meal area. Every Saturday in September, the park holds a ""Twinkle Anipa"" event and is open into the evening. The park is adjoined by the Akita Omoriyama Zoo."

    観光雑誌、ポスターの掲載内容に相違があり、不親切。 動物園のポスターには、遊園地には休憩所から入れる通路ありと書いてあり、 観光雑誌には遊園地は無料と。 でも、現地の受付に行って確認すると、休憩所から入れる通路もなく、無料でもない。 飛行機の待ち時間に無料で行けるならと思い、行ったが期待外れでした。

  • Children's Ferrite and Science Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Hirasawa Takarada 4-1
    This is a science museum located along the Ushuhamakaido road in Hirasawa Takarada, Nikaho city. The museum hosts a memorial hall dedicated to Kenzo Saito, who discovered industrial uses for the magnetic iron-oxide derived substance ferrite and founded TDK, as well as to his supporter Teiichi Yamazaki. They also have displays in magnetism, and a research workshop with experiment area supervised by Denjiro Yonemura.

    科学的なあれこれを息子に体験させようと訪問。 有料なのでシビアに見てやろうと思っていたが、コンテンツは豊富で飽きずに居られる。動作が微妙な物もあるが、終盤にはでんじろうプロダクションがプロデュースしたコンテンツ群で、楽しい印象でフィニッシュできる。展示室最後のボルダリングは科学ではないと思うが、息子は運動もたっぷりできて満足していたし、定期入場券購入も検討する。

  • Meisui-ichiba Yutaro
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo Umamachi 83
    A commercial complex standing on Teramachi-dori Street in Uma-machi Rokugo, Misato Town, Senboku County, Akita Prefecture. Operating out of a remodeled sake warehouse built in the Meiji period, tenants include Genpatey, a restaurant serving tuna cuisine; Yamacho, a cafe where you can enjoy coffee made with famous spring water; shops selling vegetables and renowned confections; a craft studio; and a tourist information center. The adjoining multipurpose hall is used as a community gathering space.

    漆黒と白の壁が美しい建物です。六郷湧水群を歩いて回るために車を停めさせてもらいました。中に入ると立派な内蔵があり、もともと酒蔵として使われていたそうです。さらに観光案内所もあって親切な係員の方が声をかけてくださいました。

  • Herb World Akita
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yurihonjoushi Nishimemachinumata Shinmichishita 490-5
    This is a herb garden in Numata Shinmichi-shita Nishime-machi, Yurihonjo City. The garden boasts of a total area of 20,000 square meters, and grows about 250 varieties of herbs from all over the world. You can see all kinds of flowering herbs in season, including lavender, and they sell all kinds of herb-related goods. There's also a restaurant serving herbal teas, and a workshop where you can try making crafts and soaps.

    国道7号線から海岸方向に1本入ったところにあります、秋田市内からは車で1時間ほど、無料の高速道路でもいけますが海岸線を見ながらのんびり国道で向うのがおすすめです。 ハーブワールドに入ると売店とレストランがまずあります。 ハーブを使った商品が多いせいかほんのりといい匂い。 6月中旬に訪れましたが色とりどりの花がきれいに咲いていました。

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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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