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Temple Spots in Akita Area

  • Kanmanji Temple
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Kisakatamachi Kisakatajima 2
    This temple is located in Kisakata-machi, Nikaho City. It is a Soto sect Buddhist temple whose principle object of worship is Shakamunibutsu. It is famous as a temple which has been visited by literati for a very long time, and inside the temple grounds, there is a statue of Basho and haiku writings in his travel’s jounal, Oku no Hosomichi. It is also famous for what are known as the seven wonders of Kanmonji Temple, such as the well of ghostly appearances and the camellia that cry at night.
  • Sotoshu Kichijo-zan Saiho-ji Temple
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    Akita Yokote Hirakamachi Kamiyoshida Yoshida 51
    Saihouzi Temple, located in Hiraka-machi, Yokote City, Akita Prefecture, is home to the prefecture's largest temple bell. The bells are rung at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. If you visit during those periods you can ring the bell. You can also ring the bell on New Year's Eve. (Phone reservation required). As a Barrier-Free Temple the temple is equipped with ramps and elevators so that parishioners in wheel chairs can equally visit the temple. It's also the site of the only pet crematorium in Yokote City and many people from both in the prefecture and other prefectures visit to have their pets cremated and memorial services held for them. In the Hououkaku service hall they perform funeral services and memorial services as well as copying of sutras and Zen meditation as needed.
  • Shinmeisha Shrine Kannon-do
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    Akita Katagami-shi Iitagawaiizuka Nakayama 16
    A temple dedicated to the goddess Kannon located on the grounds of a shrine dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu in Nakayama, Iitagawa-iizuka, Katagami City. The temple was built in 1734 and is decorated with karahafu (cusped gables) and carvings. In 1952 it was designated an important Tangible Cultural Property of Japan
  • Tentoku-ji Temple
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    Akita Akita-shi Izumi Mi Take Ne 10-1
    A temple located along Prefectural Route 233 in Izumi-mitakene, Akita city. As the family temple for the Satake Family, feudal lords of the Akita domain, when the family was forced to relocate from Hitachi to Akita the temple also moved to its current location. The main hall and main gate are registered Important Cultural Properties of Japan and the temple grounds are registered as a Prefectural Historic Landmark. *The temple is closed to the public until fall of 2023 due to construction.
  • Kakunodate Shinmeisha Shrine
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    Akita Senboku-shi Kakunodatemachi Iwase 117
    A Shinto shrine located in Iwase Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City. Dedicated to Amaterasu Omikami, the shrine is the guardian shrine of Kakunodate and, although there are various theories on the matter, it is said it was founded in the distant Azuchi-Momoyama period. The shrine is the location of the Kakunodate-matsuri festival, known for its traditional float battles designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, and each year during the festival held for three days from September 7 to September 9, 18 traditional floats are pulled around the town and eventually bashed into each other. Performances of traditional Semboku Kitaura kagura shrine music and dancing are also held.
  • Komachi-do
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    Akita Yuzawa-shi Ono 48-17
    A hall located on the site of the love story between Ono no Komachi and Fukakusa no Shosho. As the original Komachi Jinja Shrine which enshrined Shakuyakuzuka was deteriorating the new hall was built to commemorate Komachi. The vibrant building is painted vermillion to resemble Byodo-in Temple's Houou hall. Every year on the second Sunday of June when the peonies are at their peak of beauty, they hold the Komachi Festival to commemorate Komachi.
  • Akitakantoumaturi
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Omachi 3-chome
  • Asamai Yawata Shrine Saiten
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    Akita Pref. Yokoteshi Hirakamachiasamai Hachimankouji
  • Inukkomaturi
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Satakechou
  • Kodakino Butterfly Mai
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Kisakatamachikodaki Hitsuishi
  • Oyu Onsen Maturi
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    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Towadaoyu Gongendou 22-1
  • Kakunodatenomaturi
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachihigashikatsurakuchou 19
  • Kakunodatenosasara
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachitamachikamichou
  • Kakegyomaturi
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Konoura Kinourayama
  • Odate Daimonjimaturi
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    Akita Pref. Odateshi Omachi
  • Tazawakomaturi
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakotazawa Haruyama
  • Tanabataedoromaturi
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Omotemachi 2-chome
  • Toriumishishimaturi
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    Akita Pref. Yurihonjoushi Choukaimachifushimi Folding Off
  • Tokohachizaka Shrine Maturi
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    Akita Pref. Katagamishi Tennou Tennou
  • Nishimonai Bonodori
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    Akita Pref. Ogachigunugomachi Nishimonai Honchou

Akita Main Areas


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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