Spots in Akita Area

  • Akita Museum of Art
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    4.0
    219 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Akita Hinai Jidori-ya
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    4.0
    161 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Akita-shi Nakadori 7-1-2 Topico 3F
    "A local Hinai-jidori chicken specialty restaurant located inside the Topico mall adjoining Akita Station in 7-Chome Naka-dori, Akita City. Serving cuisine made with local Hinai-jidori chicken, menu highlights include the grilled chicken thighs, karaage fried chicken, and the ""ultimate oyakodon"" chicken and egg over rice made with Hinai-jidori chicken grilled with high grade ubame oak charcoal and fresh Hinai-jidori chicken eggs. There's also the Lake Tazawa cold noodles topped with Hinai-jidori chicken."

    oyakodon can be found on every corner of japan and outside of japan. akita is known for its free range chicken and so of course i tried out the oyakodon. coming from the states the chicken is for...

  • Akita Folk Art Tradition Museum (Neburi-nagashi Museum)
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
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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 Citizen's Market
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    3.5
    115 Reviews
    Shopping
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 4-7-35
    The busy Akita Shimin Ichiba (citizen's market) is thought of as the Kitchen of the city, and customers range from local housewives to professional chefs. You can find a range of fresh fish, quality meat, and of course seasonal vegetables, as well as daily necessities and Akita souvenirs. There is also a dining area offering the taste of the market for all to try.

    This market is quite well hidden away about two streets behind the covered shopping mall. Furthermore it is not obvious that it is a market if one doesnt know Japanese as the front of the market has...

  • Akita City Akarenga Red Brick Folk Museum
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Akita Station Building Topico & ALS
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Akita-shi Nakadori 7-1-2
    A shopping mall adjoining Akita Station in 7-Chome Naka-dori, Akita City. The mall's variety of tenants includes restaurants; cafes; and establishments selling sweets, deli sides, bento box lunches, and fresh foods. You can also find local Akita specialty products and alcoholic beverages here. The adjoining ALS building is occupied by fashionable apparel and lifestyle goods stores.

    The renovated station is very modern looking, well decorated and pretty. There is a large waiting room for train passengers. Topico is this new building just adjacent to the station entrance. The...

  • Akigin Omorin no Mori, Akita City Omoriyama Zoo
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    4.5
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Hamada Katabata 154
    The Omoriyama Zoo opened in 1973 and is approximately 8.8 hectares in size. The zoo has a characteristic terrain being surrounded by various trees and plants, and has a spring water lake called “Shiohikigata” in the center. There are 97 kinds of animals kept in the zoo and it takes approximately 90 minutes to leisurely walk around seeing them. There is also a visitor center, snack corner, the “Asove Forest” with large playground equipment, and an observation platform as well as Omoriyama Amusement Park “Aniba.” It is approximately 15 minutes from Akita Minami Interchange on the Akita Expressway.

    Cant beat the price! Sure, the zoo doesnt necessarily have the most impressive collection of animals, but you sure get lots of value for the money!

  • Akita City Satake Museum
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kinman Topico Shop
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Akita-shi Nakadori 7-1-2 Topico 2F
    A Japanese confectionary shop located in the Topico mall adjoining Akita Station in 7-Chome Naka-dori, Akta City. Kinman are a local Akita specialty consisting of a white bean jam paste mixed with eggs baked in a castella cake dough, and this shop sells two varieties - fresh-baked and packaged for longer shelf life. The shop also sells local Akita specialty products and crafts.

    秋田名物の和菓子。お土産で購入。 中には白餡のようなものがたっぷり入っていて舌触り滑らか。温かいお茶と頂きましたがとても美味しかったです。 周りの生地もカステラみたいでほんのり甘いです。

  • Akita City Senshu Museum of Art
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
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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...

  • Iyataka Jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Akita Prefecture Specialty Plaza
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Shopping
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 2-3-8 Atrion B1
    This shop selling special local Akita products is in the 1st basement floor of Akita Atorion Building, about five minutes’ walk from Akita Station’s West Exit. This shop directly operated by the Akita Prefectural Promotion Group offers over 4,000 different Akita goods, including kiritampo (mashed rice paste on a stick), local sake and Akita Inu goods.

    平日だったので買い物はしやすかった。品物はまぁ揃っていたが、稲庭うどん色々なお店のものがもう少しあった方が選ぶのに楽しいかも。

  • Mining Museum of Akita University
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Akita-shi Tegata Osawa 28-2
    A museum adjoining Akita University in Tegata Osawa, Akita City. The museum's collection consists of minerals and mining-related items gathered since the establishment of the Akita Mining College, the predecessor of the current Faculty of International Resource Sciences. Exhibits include over 1,500 mineral samples spanning some 400 varieties from around Japan and the world, large mineral specimens excavated from mines in the prefecture, and an exhibit on the history and composition of the Earth.

    We briefly visited the Mining Museum of Akita University. Akita University is one of the few universities that retain mining faculties due to Akitas long history in mining. The museum is located on...

  • Miyoshi Shrine
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Akita Marugoto Market
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
    Shopping
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Oroshimachi 2-2-7
    Akita Marugoto Market offers a complete lineup of Akita flavor, with famous sweets, local specialties, fresh foods and more. The five restaurants using select local ingredients are not to be missed! The sushi shop Ichiba no Sushiya-san, with their Akita grown Sasanishiki rice and toppings straight form the market is particularly popular. There is also a liquor store, Sake no Eiyu, offering local Akita sakes by the bottle and sold by volume.

    海鮮北前船でランチを食べてみましたが、そこそこの値段の割には期待を下回りました。普通のスーパーみたいな市場でした。

  • Akita Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Tentoku-ji Temple
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    inside is quite nice, big temple over 300 years old, but quite plain from the outside. was the family temple of the local daymio, the Sakata Clan and i believe it was brought from another part of...

  • Restaurant Kamesei Saiga
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Omachi 4-1-16
    Kamesei Saiga was founded in 1886, and offers a bountiful menu of meal courses and kaiseki style cooking made with exquisite local seasonal ingredients. They also offer Tsuke-uo, made with fresh, high quality fish from the seas off Akita preserved in Akita miso, as the perfect souvenir and gift.

    The Hostess Ms Tomoko Saiga and her delicious food make this a very special dinning experience. She is also a wonderful hostess passionate about her food. He very special and rare Sake was also a...

  • Kubota Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Akitashi Senshukouen 1-39
    This is a paid-entry ruins facility in Akita City Senshu Park. The four-story building has a museum on the first and second floors exhibiting materials and movies related to the Akita fief's Satake clan. The upper floor has an observation deck with views of Akita City's lovely scenery. It's a popular spot for those looking to get closer to area history and culture.

    The tower, inside the current Senshu Park, is really beautiful to look at. Worthy of climbing up the Park to admire this amazing architecture. Entrance fee is 100 yen. The exhibits aside, visitors...

  • Omoriyama Amusement Park Anipa
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Akita-shi Hamada Katabata 154
    "An amusement park located in Katabata Hamada, Akita City. In addition to attractions such as a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, and mirror house, there's also a restaurant and light meal area. Every Saturday in September, the park holds a ""Twinkle Anipa"" event and is open into the evening. The park is adjoined by the Akita Omoriyama Zoo."

    観光雑誌、ポスターの掲載内容に相違があり、不親切。 動物園のポスターには、遊園地には休憩所から入れる通路ありと書いてあり、 観光雑誌には遊園地は無料と。 でも、現地の受付に行って確認すると、休憩所から入れる通路もなく、無料でもない。 飛行機の待ち時間に無料で行けるならと思い、行ったが期待外れでした。

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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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