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Nature Spots in Akita Area

  • Lake Tazawa
    Travel / Tourism
    Senboku City Akita Prefecture Tazawako
    With a maximum depth of 423.4 meters, Lake Tazawa is Japan’s deepest lake. The beautiful, sparkling indigo blue waters have been named one of Japan’s 100 Best sights. This area is home to the legend of Princess Tatsuko, and there is a gold statue of her by Yasutake Funakoshi on the shore.
  • Dakigaeri Gorge
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachi ツキ Tazawako
    This picturesque spot is also known as Tohoku’s Yabakei. They say the name, meaning “returned embrace,” comes from the trails so narrow, two people couldn’t pass “without embracing.” It’s now designated part of Tazawako Dakigaeri Prefectural Natural Park. With its well-maintained trails, waterfalls of various size, and brilliant red suspension bridge, it offers a variety of pleasures. Currently, the trail is closed past Mikaeri Falls due to fallen rocks. In addition. the trails are closed every year from late November to late April due to heavy snow.
  • Cape Nyudozaki
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitauranyudouzaki Kombura
    Cape Nyudozaki is at the end of the Oga Peninsula. At the end of an expanse of green grass stands a lighthouse characterized by its black and white exterior. The panorama of the wide expanse of blue ocean is most impressive. A monument that marks 40° north latitude is made of andesite rock from the Oga Peninsula.
  • Naso no Shirataki Falls
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    Akita Prefecture Nakaho City Kotakiri
    Shirataki Falls is located on the middle stretch of the Naso River, which flows down from Mt. Chokai. The falls, 11 meters wide and 26 meters tall, create a massive splash as they flow down. In 1932, it was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty. A panoramic view of the falls is available from the pavilions of the nearby Kinpo Shrine.
  • Godzilla Rock
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Funagawaminatokohama
    This giant rock is on the south of the Oga Peninsula, in Shiosezaki. It was so named because it looks just like an open-mouthed Godzilla in profile.
  • Shishigahana Marsh
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Kisakatamachiyokoka Nakashimadai
    Located at the northern foot of Mt. Chokai, this marsh is surrounded by the Nakajimadai Recreation Forest. This mysterious marsh is home to 11 underground waters, including the one called Detsubo, and flourishes with a moss valued worldwide. The water is also home to the spherical moss Chokai marimo. This marsh offers various magical natural experience.
  • Mt. Kanpu
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Wakimototominaga Kampuzan
    This gentle 355 meter tall composite volcano is famed for its scenery. It has a number of sights, like Oni no Kakuresato, a rock hill said to be home to Namahage; a spring water area known for its purity, and waterfall headwaters. The peak has an observation facility and the fourth floor rotating observatory offers a panoramic view taking in the Oga Peninsula’s beaches, Mt. Chokai, the Shirakami-Sanchi, and Ogata village. The mountain is girded with Chinese silver grass from the middle section to the peak, and in in Autumn the grass glitters silver-white in the sun for a mystical spectacle.
  • Soya Gorge
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    Iwami, Akita-shi, Akita-ken, Kawanobe cho
    Soya Gorge is up the Iwamigawa River. Among the cliffs that look like folding screens you can see spectacular sights of mountain cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh greenery in the summer, and autumnal colors in the fall. Up river is Funoshi-no-taki Waterfall, a scenic shot that is iconic of Okuzashiki.
  • Hottai Falls
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    Akita Pref. Yurihonjoushi Choukaimachimomoyake
    Melt water and spring water from Mt. Chokai cascades down this 100-meter-long and 57.4-meter-high three-step waterfall. It has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls and Important Natural Monument and scenic spot of Akita Prefecture. It is particularly famous for the flow of a width of 3 to 30 meters at the waterfall basin of 3,000 square meters. The magnificent amount of white water flowing boasts an incredible sound. The fall is surrounded by deciduous broad‐leaved trees, making the area famous for viewing the fall leaves. The colorful reds and yellows with the flowing waterfall makes it an unmissable mystical sight.
  • Yasu Falls
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    Akita Pref. Kitakitashi Aniutsutou Sugaya area
    This waterfall is located in the Nakanomata Valley in the Sugeyaji area of Aniutsuto, Kita-Akita City. A majestic waterfall with two levels and falling 90 meters, its name is said to come from the nearly 300-year old Tragic Legend of Yasu Falls, where a young lady named Yasu jumped into the waterfall thinking of her lover. Known for its landscape in autumn with colored leaves and fresh greenery, it is ranked second in the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan.
  • Akita Mt. Komagatake
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakobonai Komagatake
    This is a 1,637meter tall active volcano in Hachimantai National Park in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture. Famed as a treasure house alpine plants, and during the popular blossom season around late June, you can see swathes of flowers like komakusa (Dicentra peregrine) and takane-sumire (viola crassa Makino). The scenery of Mt. Chokai and Mt. Iwate from the peak is also quite popular.
  • Oyasukyo Gorge
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Field etc.
    This is a roughly eight kilometer long valley in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. It offers views of various waterfalls, including Fudo-no-taki and Yakushi-no-taki. It's also famous for its fall leaf viewing, and its well-maintained trails make it a popular sightseeing spot. You can find Oyasukyo Onsen upstream, as well.
  • Oyasukyo Daifunto
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Aratokoro
    Oyasukyo is a famous spot in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. Located in a valley at 60 meter elevation, this hot spring is set apart by the boiling water and steam bubbling forth from bare rock. With its well-maintained trails, you can get a close look at the layers of bedrock holding back intense natural heat, with cracks letting out clouds of steam and hot water. It's also famous for its fall leaf viewing, and its popular sightseeing spot equipped with parking areas.
  • Mt. Moriyoshi
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita ken Hokutaka-shi
    This is an approx. 1,454 meter high mountain in Kitaakita City, Akita Prefecture. The highest areas offer views of alpine flowers like shiraneaoi (glaucidium palmatum) and hinazakura cherry. Chosen as one of Japan's 100 Best Flower Mountains, it's very popular with climbers in the blossom season. There is also a very popular gondola to the peak.
  • Kawarage Oyutaki
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Takamatsu
    This is a hot spring waterfall in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. It's also known as Kawarage Onsen, and is famed for its very rare natural hot spring waterfall. Swimsuits are required to enter. It also has one of Japan's three sacred places, along with nearby Aomori's Mt. Osorezan and Toyama's Mt. Tateyama, in Kawarage Jigoku, and brings many climbers to the area.
  • Hachimantai Onuma
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Hachimantai Kumazawa In the national forest
    This marsh is in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, in Kazuno City, Akita Prefecture. This is known as the largest marsh in Hachimantai. In addition to viewing alpine plants like Asian Skunk Cabbage and hare's-tail cottongrass, it also offers wonderful autumn leaf viewing. They also offer special Onuma Guide Walk events on weekends and holidays for local residents and tourists.
  • Oga Peninsula
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita-ken Oga-shi
    This peninsula is in Oga City, Akita Prefecture. This area is famed as the origin of the namahage folk monster, and the entrance to Oga has a Namahage Statue. Mt. Kanpuzan has a rotating observation platform offering a 360 degree view of the grand scenery. They also offer popular paraglider rides to try. There are onsen facilities like Oga Onsen Village, and this is a great place for tourists to spend a few relaxing hours.
  • Hachimantai
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    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Hachimantai
    This is a cluster of mountains 1,614 meters tall in Towada Hachimantai National Park in Kazuno City, Akita prefecture. It's rich with marshes and wetlands, and hosts bunches of alpine plants. There are also observation platforms and the Three Best Observatory Spots in Hachimantai offering views of the seasonal scenery. It's also equipped with a trekking course, and attracts a number of visitors each year.
  • Garo Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Yamamotogunfujisatomachi Fujikoto Great fall
    This waterfall is located in Takinosawa, Fujikoto, Fujisato Town, Yamamoto County. The area around the falls has been built into a park dedicated to promoting affinity with water. It is a popular spot for experiencing the seasonal nature of the valley, including the fresh spring greenery and the fall foliage. Sugae Masumi, the late Edo period traveler who spent his final years in Akita, visited the falls. A stone monument bearing the waka poem he wrote during that visit stands near the falls.
  • Sashimaki Wetland
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakosashimaki
    This wetland is in Tazawako Sashimaki, Semboku City. Spread out over three hectares along national route 46, it features clusters of white skunk cabbage and Japanese alder. The white skunk cabbage blooms from mid-April through early May, and they hold many events for the Sashimaki Mizubasho Festival during that time.

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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