Culture / Tour Spots in Akita Area

  • Akita Museum of Art
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    4.0
    219 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
    124 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 City Senshu Museum of Art
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    4.0
    43 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...

  • Mining Museum of Akita University
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    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...

  • Hirafuku Memorial Museum of Art
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    4.0
    23 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.

  • Tazawako Herb Garden / Heart Herb
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    3.5
    22 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
    18 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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    3.5
    19 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.

    伊藤若冲展を観に伺いました。 京都にある細見美術館のコレクション展です。 流行りに関心がない為、おかしな意地から、今まで素通りしていた伊藤若冲の作品を観覧しました。大変良かったです。細見コレクションの所蔵品もセンスが良く、京都に行きたくなりました。 さて、秋田県では、これまたもちろん貴重な大型美術館です。 都内と比べると、もちろん劣るし小さいし、じっくりみても1時間以内で収まります。展覧会に...

  • 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...

  • Herb World Akita
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    3.5
    10 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。

  • Children's Ferrite and Science Museum
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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.
  • Kitaakita City Ani Culture and History Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Akita Kita-akita-shi Ani Ginzan Shimoshinmachi 41-22
    A museum that opened in 1986 to teach the world about the history of Ani, a town that prospered due to mining. In addition to the copper pyrite excavated from Ani Mine there are also examples of iron pyrite, galena, and quartz drawn from the mine. Also on display are tools used in the mine, illustrations of what it was like to work in the mine during the Edo period (in picture scrolls), special Ani Namisen coins that could only be used in the mine, a survey report of the mine conducted by German engineer Mezger, a details of the miner mutual support system (buddy system).

    I didn’t know till this visit that Aniai was once one of the largest copper and precious minerals mines in Japan. All I knew was that Akita had a lot of mines and many refineries but that the ore has...

  • Akitainu Hall
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Odateshi Sannomaru 13-1
    This is a museum founded in 1977 to honor the Akitainu breed of dog located about 15 minutes' walk from Higashi-oodate Station on JR Hanawasen line, in Odate city, Akita prefecture. The third floor hosts the Akitainu History Room with displays of materials on the dogs. From April to November, you can come see the real thing in the kennels.

    The museum is on the third floor of the first building you get to when you cross the red bridge from the park. There’s a fair bit of information about the breed, including a good history of Japan’s...

  • Akita International Dahlia Garden
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    4 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Yuwamyouhou Nukaduka 21
    This botanical garden is located approximately a three -minute drive from Akita Airport. Visitors can appreciate the 700 different types of Dahlia grown by Mr Washizawa, a cultivator of dahlia. Dahlia are also sold at this location. The garden is open from around August to November every year. Additionally, there are nearby tourist facilities such as restaurants, local product stores and a cheese shop.

    ちょうど見頃の時期だったので、見事なダリアが見れました。1つ1つに個性があり生産者の方に敬意を表します。

  • Odate City Museum
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Akita Odate-shi Shakanai Shishi Ke Mori 1
    A museum in Shishigamori, Shakanai, Odate City. Located in the school building of the former Odate Higashi High School the exhibits relate to local Odate nature, history, folk customs, and industry. There's also the Magewappa Exhibit where they have examples of Magewappa steam bent wood from around the country and in particular Odate as well as the Children's Science Classroom where you can learn about science with hands on lessons.

    タイトル通りです。あまり印象に残っていません。何もないので大館は好きなのですが、逆にそれだけ。ただ、コンビニなどは普通にあるので不便でもないです。

  • Kosaka Town Municipal Museum Kyodokan
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosaka Nakamaeda 48-1
    Learn about the history of the Kosaka mines at this museum, which has a rich collection of cultural artifacts on display and introduces the history of Lake Towada, the natural scenery of Kosaka Town, and more using graphs, photos, and dioramas. Outdoors, there’s also a steam locomotive guest car that carried Emperors Chichibu no Miya and Takamatsu no Miya. It’s about two minutes by car from the Kosaka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    鉱山のこと、小坂の歴史を知ることはできますが、途中から長井辰男の紹介展示になっていて、その展示がなかなか多い・・もう少し小坂の歴史の方を展示してほしかった。

  • Misato-cho Gakuyukan
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    2 Reviews
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    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo Anrakuji 122
    This government complex, situated along Prefectural Route 11 in Anrakuji Rokugo, Misato Town, Senboku County, Akita Prefecture, consists of a municipal library, exhibition space, and town hall branch office. The exhibition space has no standing exhibition; instead, special exhibitions such as art exhibitions are held here periodically.

    宇宙開発の歴史や、宇宙航空研究開発機構(JAXA)の所有する宇宙服やペンシルロケットなどの展示品、映像資料等の展示、最近のブラックホールの映像など、盛りだくさんでした。8月18日までの展示のようですが休館日もあります。実物のペンシルロケットも見ることが出来ました。宇宙開発についての理解が少しできたように思います。

  • Yokote Masuda Manga Museum
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    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Masudamachimasuda Shinmachi 285
    This is Japan's first full-fledged manga museum, located inside Masuda Fureai Plaza in Masuda Town, Yokote City. They showcase work by Masuda-native manga artist Takao Yaguchi as well as original pictures of manga by artists from Japan and overseas. They also run special exhibits, talks by manga artists, and book signings periodically. The museum is closed for renovations until April, 2019.

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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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