History / Culture / Tour Spots in Akita Area

  • Akita Museum of Art
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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...

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

  • Statue of Tatsuko
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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.

  • Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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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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    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.

  • Kakunodate Kabazaiku Denshokan
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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...

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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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.

  • Akita City Satake Museum
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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...

  • Kosaka Mining Office
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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...

  • Akita City Senshu Museum of Art
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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...

  • Historical Site Osarizawa Mine
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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...

  • Ukiki-jinja Shrine
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    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.

    It makes a cute photo with the trees in autumn leaf, its decorative bridge and its nearby small, stone lantern. My wife had a look and walked away thinking shed been to a shop so ... shrine? Maybe...

  • Odano House
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    Akita Senboku-shi Kakunodatemachi Higashikatsurakucho 10
    A historic building located on the Samurai Residence Street in Higashikatsurakucho, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City. It's the former residence of the Odano family, retainers of the Satake clan, and has been designated a historic landmark of the city. The entire street has been designated a National Group of Traditional Buildings and many samurai residences from the Edo period still remain.

    This is one of the houses maintained by the city so the interior is not available. Great photo opportunity spring or fall.

  • Iyataka Jinja Shrine
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    Akita Akita-shi Senshukoen 1-16
    A Shinto shrine in Senshu Park, Akita City. It was established in 1881 to enshrine the spirit of the late Edo period scholar Hirata Atsutane and when it was later moved to its current location it was expanded to include the spirit of late Edo period agricultural scholar Sato Nobuhiro. Prior to their May festival they hold a Mikoshi-Togyo festival in April where portable shrines are paraded from Hirata Atsutane's birth place to the center of Senshukoen.

    This shrine is a bit out of the way but very pleasant and larger than it appears at a distance, worth the few steps to visit it.

  • Kawarada Manor
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachihigashikatsurakuchou 9
    In the Sengoku period, this residence of Kawarada Manor was used by the hereditary vassals of the Ashina Clan who transferred to Kakunodate, and it received 100 koku of rice for the main family and 50 for the branch family. It was built in the mid Meiji period, and it is styled after the warrior residences of the Edo period and their rich designs. The main residence’s roof features a merchant house design that is said to have been for fire prevention.

    This is one of the houses maintained by the city so the interior is not available. Great photo opportunity spring or fall.

  • Matsumoto Family Residence
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    Akita Senboku-shi Kakunodatemachi Kobitomachi 4
    A historic building in Kobito-machi, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City. It served as a lower ranked samurai residence during the Edo period and has been designated a Tangible Cultural Property of the prefecture. Admission is free and from spring to autumn they hold demonstrations of traditional Itaya Zaiku weaving. The house was famously the shooting location for the film, The Twilight Samurai.

    This is a rare surviving modest residence of a low ranking samurai family built in 1860. I understand they were a family of scholars. Worth comparing with the grand mansion of a higher ranking...

  • Omoide-no Kata Branch School
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakokata Ichinowatashi 226
    This wooden building is in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture. The remodeled structure was an elementary school closed in 1974, and is now a for-profit public facility. They host concerts, photo exhibits and many more regular events. It's also used by locals as a community center.

    We came upon this little gem of a museum completely by chance. It wasnt advertised in any of the tourist info we had about the area. It is an old school building, lovingly preserved and set up in...

  • Mining Museum of Akita University
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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...

  • Miyoshi Shrine
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Hiromote Akanuma 3-2
    This shrine is located on the mountainside of Mt. Taihei, and is known as the head shrine of all of the Miyoshi shrines throughout the country. Onamuchi-no-kami, Sukunabikona-no-kami and Miyoshi-no-okami are enshrined here, and are said to grant success in one's endeavors. People who seek further success in their endeavors also make their way up to the rear shrine located at the summit of the mountain, as well as people who have come to visit from places far and wide.

    It was lovely to be able to visit the Miyoshi Shrine whilst on a cruise stop. As with all the shrines in Japan, they are beautiful buildings and usually quite busy.

  • Hirafuku Memorial Museum of Art
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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.

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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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