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...

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Shinzan-jinja Shrine
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitaurashinzan Mizukuisawa 97
    This shrine is in Oga City, Akita Prefecture. It is dedicated to the divinities Ninigi-no-Mikoto and Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto. It is famous for the New Year's Sedo Matsuri and February Namahage Sedo Matsuri festivals, both of which attract numerous visitors in-season. The Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum, where you can try on a Namahage suit, is nearby.

    As with other attractions we saw in Akita Prefecture whilst on a cruise ship day stop - it was lovely to see the Shrine - as with all the Shrines in Japan - well cared for and busy. However, was...

  • Yokote Fureai Center Kamakura Hall
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    54 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Nishinomiya House
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachitamachikamichou 11-1
    The Nishinomiya Family were retainers for the Satake clan that moved to Akita at the beginning of the Edo period. This residence, which was built in the most prosperous period for the land owner from the Meiji to Taisho periods, comprises five storehouses and one main building. The main building exhibits old documents and artefacts. Visitors can enjoy tea and sweets in the charming Japanese sweet café. The garden is also beautiful and you can see its different seasonal faces such as the cherry blossoms in the spring and the colorful kaki fruit in the autumn.

    When visiting Kakunodate most concentrate on the samurai houses this is on the other end of town giving a view of the merchant class.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ukiki-jinja Shrine
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    37 Reviews
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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...

  • Akita Prefectural Museum
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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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Akita Castle Ruins Historical Park
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Terauchiohata other
    This castle park is located on a site that has been excavated and restored from the ruins of Akita Castle. The site's government office, East gate and ancient flushing toilets have been restored. It is also possible to make a reservation for a guided walk with a volunteer. Excavated relics are displayed at the nearby Akita Castle Ruins History Museum, where visitors can appreciate the wooden mokkan, ink inscribed earthenware and other valuable finds.

    The museum itself is rather small, but interesting none the less, and only cost a few Yen. The highlights of this visit were the ruins itself, do go on a sunny spring day, its been beautifully...

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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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