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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Sashimaki Wetland
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    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.

    At the end of April, the area was totally covered in Mizubasho (Skunk Cabbage flowers, in English - not exactly a beautiful name for such a pure white flower???). They were much bigger than I had...

  • 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.
  • Oyasukyo Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Godzilla Rock
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Hottai Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Yasu Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Nikaho Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
    Highlands spreading to the north of Mt. Chokai. From its altitude of 500 meters you can see the Sea of Japan as well as Mt. Chokai and the highlands are scattered with a wealth of natural highlights including lakes, marshes, and meadows. Along with ranches, cycling courses and campsites the popular Chokai Panorama Line driving route passes through the highlands.
  • Mt, Futatsumori
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yamamoto-gun Happocho
    A mountain that spans Fujisato Town, Akita Prefecture, and Ajigasawa Town, Aomori Prefecture. It stands almost 1087 meters tall and is also called Mt. Tomaridake. It features a wealth of nature including an old growth Japanese beech forest and when blessed with good weather from the summit you can see the mountains of the Shirakami mountain region as well as the Sea of Japan and the Oga Peninsula.
  • Dakedai Nature Education Forest
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yamamoto-gun Fujisato Machi Fujikoto Fujikoto Sawa Kokuyurin
    A nature observation forest in the Fujikotosawa National Forest in the Fujikoto region of Fujisato Town, Yamamoto County. It's located in the Shirakami mountain region between Mt. Fujisato-komagadake and Mt. Sangaiyama near the head of the Fujikoto River. The site has a walking trail allowing you to explore the deep nature of the Shirakami Mountains and the old-growth Japanese beech forest with giant trees over 400 years old more easily than if you were mountain climbing.
  • Mase Valley Sanjugama
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yamamoto-gun Happocho
    A scenic valley location in Happo Town, Yamamoto County, located along the Mase River which originates in the Shirakami mountain region. The name comes from 30 potholes called Oketsu carved out of the riverbed by stones caught in the river current (Sanju is Japanese for 30). The surrounding area has a series of paths allowing you to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery interwoven with the mountain streams including the Ouketsu potholes, unusual boulders, and verdant green new growth or changing autumn colors.
  • Oga Quasi National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Oga-shi
    A quasi-national park covering nearly a third of Oga City's total area. Most of the areas to enjoy nature in the area are included in the park area including various mountains such as Mt. Kanpu, Oga-Sanzan (Mt. Shin-zan, Mt. Hon-zan and Mt. Kenashi-yama), Unosaki Beach which was chosen as one of Japan's top 100 coastlines, and the natural growing area of the camellia bush which is the northernmost place it grows and which has been designated a natural memorial.
  • Sanzugawa-Keikoku Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yuzawa-shi
    A valley at the entrance of Kawarage Jigoku. As you gaze over the valley from the Sanzugawa Bridge suspended nearly 40-meters above the mountain river and look at the precipitous cliffs on either side you'll come to understand the naming of the bridge and the valley (Sanzu River is the Buddhist equivalent of the River Styx that souls must cross into the afterlife). On either side of the bridge stand four stone statues, Lord Enma and Lord Taizan on one side, and Longevity Jizo and Praying Jizo on the other. The autumn changing colors of the foliage is superb.

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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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