Travel / Tourism 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...

  • Statue of Tatsuko
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    3.5
    121 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Nishikichousaimyouji Katajiri
    This statue is on the west bank of Lake Tazawa, in Aza-Katajiri Nishiki-cho Saimyoji, Semboku City. It's based on the Lake Tazawa legend of Princess Tatsuko, a young girl who prayed for eternal youth and beauty, and whose wish was granted when she drank the waters of a magical forest spring and was turned to a dragon, the guardian spirit of the lake.

    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.

  • Rest Village Nyuto Onsenkyo
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    4.0
    122 Reviews
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    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.

    This is a lovely, well kept hotel, which is perfect to use as a base for Nyuto area exploration and onsen hopping. Staff is fantastic, and very helpful. Breakfast and dinners are buffet style and are...

  • Akita Folk Art Tradition Museum (Neburi-nagashi Museum)
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
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    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.

  • Hakka Pass Viewing Platform
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
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    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 City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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    104 Reviews
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    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.

  • Ando Miso Soy Sauce Brewery
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
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    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.

  • Roadside Station Tenno / Tenno Green Land
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    4.0
    45 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.

    行った時は、大雪の時の早朝に行ったので、誰もいませんでした。 駐車場はそこそこ広いので車を停めやすい思います。 帰り、昼間にまた寄ってみようかと思いましたが、時間が無くなってしまい、寄れませんでした。

  • Roadside Station Iwaki (Shimashiki Fishing Port Park Iwaki Island Park)
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    4.0
    37 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.

    海にせり出した道があり、夕日の時間帯はそこにカップルらしき人がちょくちょくいます。温泉がやすくておすすめです。

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    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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    62 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...

  • 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...

  • Historical Site Osarizawa Mine
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Osarizawa Shishizawa 13-5
    An abandoned mine for the copper mines in Osarizawaaza Shishizawa, Kazuno City with mine deposits discovered in 708, Osarizawa Mine long contributed to Japan’s mining industry until it was closed in 1978, only to be opened to the public as mining ruins. You can try out some gold panning and other programs, you can tour the 1.7 kilometer-long mine. It is a valuable industrial heritage.

    I was staying in Hachinohe for 2 weeks and needed to get out of the house for a bit of a drive. This was perfect. One and a half hours in the car and a bit of a walk about Japans oldest mine. I...

  • Roadside Station Kyowa
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Kyouwarakawa Nitta Table 15-2
    This roadside station is along National Route 46. The direct sales center offers farm products brought fresh every morning. The Iseki Togei no Sato offers pottery classes. And since this is the only rest station on National Route 46, it is popular with long-distance drivers and has a large parking area.

    国道46号線沿いにある道の駅広々していてグランドゴルフ場などもあり快適です。そばに遺跡があるとは思いませんでした。 施設の中もきれいで快適です。 レストランでははちみつプリンをいただきました。地元産のはちみつが乗ったプリン、おいしかったです。

  • Akita City Satake Museum
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
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    Akita Akita-shi Senshukoen 1-4
    A museum in Senshu Park, Akita City. Located in the Ninomaru (outer citadel) in Senshu Park where the ruins of Kubota Castle are located the museum has materials related to the Satake family, who once governed over the Akita domain, on display. Materials focus on the feudal lord Satake Yoshinobu in their permanent exhibit called the Birth of the Akita Domain but they also hold special themed exhibitions.

    Were not the key holding of this small museum out on loan when I visited, I would rate it more highly. It concentrates on a single family who dominated Akita for centuries; their history is related...

  • Hachimantai Visitor Center
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Hachimantai Onuma
    The Hachimantai Visitor Center offers information on Hachimantai and Mt. Iwate, and can be found in Hachimantaira City Matsuo Sakura Park. It displays HD videos, specimen and models related to Hachimantai & Mt. Iwate, resulting in a fun and easy to understand the natural environment, and ecosystem of the area. Closed from early November to late April.

    Came to the Hachimantai Visitor Center, then proceeded inside. Stopped briefly to watch the hot springs, then went to the peak. It was bitterly cold with biting winds at the time we went. Spectacular...

  • Oga General Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Ogashi Funakoshi Ikkou 207-219
    One cannot miss this tourism spot at the entrance to the Oga Pennisula where two 15-meter high giant statues of Namahage, local ogres, are guarding its entrance. In addition to personalized tourism information from the staff, pamphlets of each area of the site are also available. A computer is also set up at the computer corner for instant information retrieval about the Oga area, while a video presentation of local events and tourist sites is also continuously playing on a screen to inform the visitors about the area. There are local specialty items for sale, and one can stop and enjoy a light meal at the cafe, or visit the outdoor stage and flower garden.

    The Oga Tourist Information Center has two huge statues of the Namahage Ogres. They are the famous ogres of Akita Prefecture which are 15 meters tall. All around the region, you will also find...

  • Kosaka Mining Office
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    47 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan Furudate 48-2
    This is a renaissance style sightseeing facility in Kosaka-machi, Kazuno County, Akita Prefecture. Once used as the offices for the Kosaka Mine, it was moved and remodeled in 2001. Inside, there are displays of materials from the Kosaka Mine, as well as the Modern Dress Hall, where you can rent dresses and have pictures taken. The building has been designated a National Important Cultural Property and attracts a lot of visitors.

    This old mine office in Kosaka which belong to mining company called DOWA the dedicate to the town to develop to be Kosaka Mine Museum is very beautiful with structure itself. Inside the building...

  • Sato Yosuke Main Shop
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Inaniwachou Inaniwa 80
    The Sato Yosuke Flagship shop was founded in 1860, controls every step of the process meticulously, from ingredient selection to shipping, and manages everything in-house for their Inaniwa Dried Udon. At the Flagship Store, not only can you try the shop's products on-site off their full menu, you can also watch the master makers at work on a tour of the factory. There is also an attached tourist information center and shop selling Akita specialties.

    おうどん好きにはたまらない、佐藤養助さんのおうどん。 初めて来た時は冷たいおうどん、今回は期間限定の比内地鶏のスープの小鍋仕立てのつけ麺。 いずれも気が利いていてとても良かったです。帰りは必ずおうどんを買って帰ります。ここにはレストランで使われているおうどんが市場の半額で売られています。 工場見学もいいですよ〜

  • Roadside Station Kosaka Nanataki
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Uwamuki Fujiwara 35-3
    This roadside station is along Akita Prefectural Route 2 Odate Towada-ko Line. It's fully equipped with restaurants, direct sales areas, large restrooms and a rest station. It's near the Manma Land direct sales facility for local brand Momobuta pork, and convenient to one of Japan's 100 Best Waterfalls, Nanataki. The restaurant and direct sales area are closed from around November to the beginning of April.

    秋田県の大潟から十和田湖へ向かう途中、この道の駅でトイレ休憩。ハチミツ・みかんやブドウなどの産直コーナーの傍らに、フクロウの置物が。もっと近づいて行くと。何と!置物ではなく本物のフクロウだ。若い女性が生活雑貨などを露店で売りながら、このフクロウを連れているのだとか。道路を挟んで向かい側には七滝の看板がある。徒歩で1分くらいで見ごたえがある七滝が見えてくる。水量もまずまず。小橋からの滝の眺めが素晴ら...

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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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