Other Sightseeing Spots in Akita Area

  • Hakka Pass Viewing Platform
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Towadako Shipping pass
    A viewing platform located along the Hakka Pass 631 meters above sea level. One of the best viewing platforms in the Lake Towada area, visitors can enjoy picturesque scenery, including of course the magnificent lake as well as Mt. Ohanabe in the Towada caldera and the Hakko Mountain Range. The site also has toilets and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect place to stop for a rest in the middle of a drive.

    Worth visiting though in Western parlance it would be more helpful to refer to it as an Observation Point

  • Kakunodate Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence Area)
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    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachikamichou - Higashi Matsubori
    This samurai district was the result of large scale urban planning by Lord Ashina at the beginning of the Edo period, in 1620. Designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, there are still a number of samurai houses preserved, including the Aoyagi house. The area is also famed for cherry blossoms, with weeping cherry and other different cherry trees than Yoshino lining the streets. The Kakunodate Sakura festival is held every year from April 20 to May 5.
  • 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.
  • Hamanasu Observation Deck
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    Akita Pref. Noshiroshi Omoriyama
    This lookout is at Noshiro Green Harbor in Omoriyama, Noshiro City. From a height of 27 meters it offers a view of the Sea of Japan; Kaze-no-Matsubara, the nation's largest pine forest; and the Shirakami-Sanchi, a World Natural Heritage Site. The adjacent Hamanasu Gallery features over 200 murals by local residents on the port's breakwater.

    夫婦で立寄りました。 無料です。ちょっと寂しいけど、能代の港と海が見えます。間近に風力発電の風車が見えます。螺旋階段で上がります。

  • Hachimantai Aspite Line
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    Kazuno-city, Akita Prefecture
    The Hachimantai Aspite Line is famous for its snow corridor when it snows. This 27-km long road connects Akita and Iwate prefectures, and has many hot spring and ski resorts, making it a spot with outstanding scenery. Some sections are closed during the winter; be sure to check before heading out.
  • Sky Park Mt. Kanpu Panorama Observation Deck
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Wakimototominaga Kampuzan 62
    An observation deck standing on top of Mt. Kanpu, well known for its beautiful landscape views. On the first floor is a souvenir shop and restaurant, while on the second and third floors visitors can see photographs of the Hachirogata reclamation and displays on the history and nature of the Oga Peninsula in the exhibition rooms. On the fourth floor is the rotating observation deck. From here visitors can see the full 360 degree panorama from Mt. Kanpu, named one of the three best sights in the world.
  • Hokodate View Terrace
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Kisakatamachikodaki Hosho
    Hokodate View Terrace is at the fifth station on Mt. Chokai. The highest point on the Chokai Blue Line, it also serves as the trailhead for the Mt. Chokai Kisakata-guchi climbing trail. You can see the Sea of Japan from the observation platform, and on the opposite side facing the mountains, you can look down over the V-shaped Naso Valley. The seasonal attractions such as green spring leaves and colored fall leaves make it a big tourist draw. Near the parking area there is a facility, named Inakura-sansho, where you can stop for meals or rest, as well as public toilets. The visitor center has exhibits introducing Mt. Chokai.
  • Nyudozaki Lighthouse
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitauranyudouzaki Kombura
    This lighthouse is located on the side of Prefectural Route 121 in Konbuura, Kitauranyudozaki, Oga City. Notable for its black and white striped exterior, it is also known as being one of only 16 lighthouses in Japan that visitors can climb. It offers a sweeping view of the Oga Peninsula, the Sea of Japan, and Mizushima Island off the coast. There is also room with exhibits about the lighthouse and a monument to that shows the location of the 40th parallel north.
  • Port Tower Selion
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    Akita Akita-shi Tsuchizakiminatonishi 1-9-1
  • Hachibodai
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    Akita Prefecture Oga-shi Togah
    One of the best sunset-viewing spots in Oga Peninsula, this site offers a sweeping view of Toga Bay, Ichinome-gata, Ninome-gata, the Ou Mountain range, and even the Aomori Prefecture border. This place is famous for receiving its name from Their Highness Prince Takamatsu.
  • Yokote Park Observation Deck
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    Akita Yokote Shiroyamamachi 29-1
    An observation deck located in Yokote Park in Shiroyama-machi, Yokote City. The observation deck is built to resemble a castle keep on the grounds of a former outer citadel (and is commonly called Yokote Castle). From the observation deck you can look out over the surrounding scenery including the Yokote Basin, Mt. Chokai, and the Yokote River. While the observation deck is closed from December to March it is briefly reopened in February during the Yokote Snow Festival.
  • Shimeitei Observatory
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    Akita Kazuno-gun
    An observatory platform along the Jukai Line road in Nakanotai, Towakado, Kosaka Town, Kazuno County. It overlooks the Nishinoumi, the western side of the Nakayama Peninsula which juts into Lake Towada, as well as the Yasumiya Port. From here you can see the heart shape of Lake Towada.
  • Tamachi Samurai Residence Street
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    Akita Senboku-shi Kakunodatemachi
    A street in Tamachikamicho, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City. This is the area where the retainers of the Satake clan, governors of the Akita domain, lived and the townscape appearance with its black wooden fences of the past has been preserved. There are lots of sights to take in while strolling down the street including samurai residences such as the Nishinomiya Residence or the Shinchosha Memorial Literature Museum built to honor Sato Giryo, founder of Shinchosha Publishing Co.
  • Obukazawa Observatory
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    Akita Pref. Kadunoshi Hachimantai
    On the border between Akita and Iwate prefectures, this observatory spot sits at an elevation of 1,560 meters. The smooth ridgeline of the mountains is quite beautiful, and—coupled with the distant views of Mt. Akitakomagatake, Mt. Chokai, and Mt. Gassan—makes this location a truly scenic spot.
  • Meiji Hyakunen-dori Street
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    Akita Pref. Kadunogunkosakamachi Kosakakouzan
    This street preserves much of its appearance from Kosaka town’s hay day as Asia’s foremost copper mine town. The town has a number of more modern cultural heritages, including the Kosaka Mine Office, lit up at night for a mystical sight, and the National Important Cultural Property, Tenshikan “angel hall.” Come enjoy a walk through history on the acacia lined streets.
  • Former Ikeda Family Garden
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    Akita Daisen-shi Takanashi Oshima 1
    The garden of the Ikeda family, one of the former three largest landowners in the Tohoku region. In 2004 it was designated as the prefectures first National Garden of Scenic Beauty. As the garden of one of the most prominent landowners in Japan it was designed by landscape architect Nagaoka Yasuhei who also designed the Momijidani in Tokyo's Shiba Park and Odori Park in Sapporo. The country's largest three-legged stone lantern and the prefecture's oldest reinforced concrete Western-style house (designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan) are symbols of the garden.
  • Masuda Kuramachi Dori
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    Akita Yokote Masudamachi Masuda Nakamachi Nanokamachi
  • Kanpuzan Panorama Line
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    Akita Oga-shi Wakimototominaga Kanpuzan
  • Ochiai Bridge
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    Akita Daisen-shi
  • Takasegawa Hara Bridge
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    Akita Kazuno-shi

Akita 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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