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  • Kakunodate Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence Area)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Prefecture kakunodate Omotemachishimocho 3
    The old mansion and prestigious Yakuimon (roofed gate) of the Aoyagi Family, vassals of Lord Ashina and Lord Satake. The architecture of the main building has remained unchanged for about 200 years and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. There are valuable armor and helmets, relating the history of the Aoyagi family, displayed in the armory. The Kaitaishinsho Gallery has displays about the history of the Aoyagi Family, the faithful Odano Naotake and “Kaitaishinsho” (a book of anatomy). There is an experience corner, shop, and a coffee shop for you to enjoy your journey back in time. In spring there is a new species of cherry tree that is said to be the only one of its type in Japan, called the Aoyagi eight-petaled red weeping cherry.
  • The Ishiguro Manor
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachishimochou 1
    The Ishiguro family house is located to the north of Bukeyashiki Road (street of samurai houses). It is the oldest existing house in the samurai residence area of Kakunodate, and it is the only one allowing visitors to enter inside the house for viewing. It is estimated that the main building was built between the 18th and 19th centuries, the roof is thatched, the garden has moss that looks like water, and expresses a prestigious samurai style. It is a 20-minute walk from Kakunodate Station.
  • Ando Miso Soy Sauce Brewery
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    4.5
    59 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachishimoshinmachi 27
    The former miso and soy sauce brewery was founded in 1853. The brick storehouse, built in the middle of the Meiji period, gives an atmosphere of long ago. You can enter the building and view the fusuma (sliding doors), hand-painted by Nishimiya Reiwa, free of charge. In the black plastered warehouse once used for storage, you can taste miso soup and pickles. You should definitely try the additive-free, naturally produced goods.

    You see many grain storage buildings, non combustible, throughout Japan, but this one really catches you attention. It is on the opposite end of town from the samurai houses.

  • Kakunodate Kabazaiku Denshokan
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachiomotemachishimochou 10-1
    This is a tourist facility in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture, established to promote the traditional Kakunodate craft of “Kabazaiku” (cherry bark art) which began as the craftwork of lower-grade samurai. Kabazaiku is characterized by the brilliant, deep coloring it gets from the bark of the mountain cherry tree, and is often used for making tea utensils and accessories. Inside the building Kabazaiku, handicraft, cultural and historical materials are on display, and the Kabazaiku creation demonstration corner is particularly popular. The building itself, made in the old Kakunodate architectural style, is a sight to see.

    This Museum has an interesting collection which will enhance your knowledge of life and early industry in the Kakunodate district. During our visit there were also exhibitors of local crafts with...

  • Kosendo
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    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachihigashikatsurakuchou 9
    A well-known udon & soba shop in an old temple school building of a former samurai residence, in Kakunodate Town, Semboku City, Akita Prefecture. The specialties are a smooth rice plant udon using hinaijidori chicken or maitake mushroom, and locally-produced buke soba with buckwheat flour aroma bamboo shoot and beefsteak plant (macrophyll) tempura inside. It is a popular tourist spot for its exterior and interior that still retain the atmosphere of the Edo period.

    Excellent Oyako-don which is the best one in my life. Also Inaniwa udon with egg plant tempura is very good.

  • Restaurant Kitagura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachitamachikamichou 11-1
    This is a restaurant remodeled from a warehouse built in 1919, with an attractive subdued modern-retro atmosphere. One can enjoy coffee and a menu with locally-produced rice grown with few pesticides and fresh vegetables. The daily special lunch, available weekdays, is particularly popular. In the grounds of the “Akita Kakunodate Nishinomiyake” samurai residence, one can enjoy walking around Japanese-style sweet cafes and artifact exhibition spaces. Access from Kakunodate Station.
  • Nyuto Onsenkyo Taenoyu
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    4.5
    223 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakobonai Komagatake 2-1
    This onsen hotel in Semboku City, Akita Prefecture allows day trips, and is popular with female visitors for its meticulous service and modern atmosphere. One can enjoy “gold” and “silver” source water in seven different baths. It is famous for an open air mixed bathing area where one can look out over the Sendachi River, offering the true charm of a secluded hot spring. Women can wear towels in the mixed bathing area. With the accommodation plan, guests can try the local kiritanpo (mashed rice pressed on a skewer and toasted) cuisine too.

    We would definately recommend this onsen, best one we have been to so far in Japan. The staff were friendly, polite, hard-working and very helpful. The food was delicious with many unusual varieties...

  • Hinokinaigawa-tsutsumi Riverbank Cherry Blossoms
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Kakunodatemachi Kitano , Large bath others
    This popular cherry blossom viewing spot is a National Site of Scenic Beauty. It runs for about two kilometers along the Hinokinai River from Nakagawara, Ogata, Kakunodate-machi, Senboku City to Kitano. The trees were planted in 1934 to celebrate the birth of the crown prince. They hold the Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival in spring when they illuminate the trees at night.
  • Tamagawa Shizen Kenkyu Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakotamagawa
    This nature study trail is in Towada Hachimantai National Park in Tamagawa, Tazawako, Senboku City. Visitors can view the source of Tamagawa Onsen, which produces about 9,000 liters of strongly acidic hot spring water per minute, the largest volume in Japan from a single site. You can also try a geothermally heated natural bedrock bath. You'll also find hokutolite there, a mineral containing radium that's formed by the hot springs. It's been designated a Special Natural Monument.
  • Sashimaki Wetland
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    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.

    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...

  • Tazawako Kyoei Palace
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Sembokushi Tazawakotazawa Haruyama 148
    This local product store is located near the shore of Lake Tazawa. Processed Hinai-dori chicken and Akitabuki products can be purchased here, and in the restaurant, customers can enjoy local dishes such as Kiritanpo. The restaurant also provides group menus. In addition to Japan's famous Akita breed of dog, which is a national natural treasure, there are also tours of Akita's three major chicken brands, Koeyoshi-dori, Hinai-dori and Kinpa-dori. There are also events where Akita puppies welcome visitors.

    鶏が数種類飼われており、比内地鶏をはじめ、数種類の鶏が。すこし暗くなりかけの時間に訪れたのもあり、鶏は全体的に静かでした。鶏でも寝るまえには止まり木にのぼるんだなあ〜というのが興味深かったです。

  • Suzuki Syuzo
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Nagano Futsukamachi 9
    This long-established sake brewery was founded in 1689. It uses water from underground streams in the Ou Mountains to make Hideyoshi Nihonshu. The brewery has a wide range of products such as Daiginjo sake and sparkling seishu. Visitors can take a tour of the brewery, where they can view exhibits of the historic Suzuki family collection, as well as valuable gifts donated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Oda Nobunaga.

    Tours are offered in English or Japanese. Learned all about the sake making process, the history of this brewery, and got to sample some of the sake they make (all were delicious).

  • Akita Prefectural Museum of Agricultural Science
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Pref. Daisenshi Uchiotomo Nakazawa 171-4
    Visitors to this science museum can learn about agriculture and the history of agriculture in Akita, as well as cultivation techniques. It also has exhibits relating to rice production in Akita. The museum is fully equipped with tropical greenhouses, vineyards, orchards and lawns. There are also events such as the Agricultural Science Festival and the Autumn Thanksgiving Festival, which have performances and food samples. The museum draws large crowds, especially local people, on these days.
  • Former Hongo Family Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Daisen-shi Kakumagawamachi Nishinaka Kamicho 19 , 19-2 , 19-5
    The former residence of the Hongo family, one of the three largest landlords in Akita during the Meiji period. As the architectural characteristics of each time period from late Edo period to the Showa period are clearly presented in 1996 the main building, western-style building, library, and miso storage were registered as Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan. The houses of these former landowners, the Hongo family, Kitashima family, and Arakawa family, stand in a row and the former Arakawa family residence is now open to the public as an information center for the area.
  • San Sportsland Senhata
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Kanezawa Higashine Hotokezawa 210-1
    A healthcare promotion facility attached to the hot spring inn Senhata Onsen Hot Spring San-R in Hotokezawa, Kanezawa-higashine, Misato Town, Senboku County. They offer a variety of indoor pools including a 25-meter lap pool, a sub-pool with reduced depth, and a vibra-jet pool as well as outdoor tennis courts. The pool is heated allowing it to be used year-round.
  • Misato-cho Gakuyukan
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    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo Anrakuji 122
    This government complex, situated along Prefectural Route 11 in Anrakuji Rokugo, Misato Town, Senboku County, Akita Prefecture, consists of a municipal library, exhibition space, and town hall branch office. The exhibition space has no standing exhibition; instead, special exhibitions such as art exhibitions are held here periodically.

    宇宙開発の歴史や、宇宙航空研究開発機構(JAXA)の所有する宇宙服やペンシルロケットなどの展示品、映像資料等の展示、最近のブラックホールの映像など、盛りだくさんでした。8月18日までの展示のようですが休館日もあります。実物のペンシルロケットも見ることが出来ました。宇宙開発についての理解が少しできたように思います。

  • Meisui-ichiba Yutaro
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo Umamachi 83
    A commercial complex standing on Teramachi-dori Street in Uma-machi Rokugo, Misato Town, Senboku County, Akita Prefecture. Operating out of a remodeled sake warehouse built in the Meiji period, tenants include Genpatey, a restaurant serving tuna cuisine; Yamacho, a cafe where you can enjoy coffee made with famous spring water; shops selling vegetables and renowned confections; a craft studio; and a tourist information center. The adjoining multipurpose hall is used as a community gathering space.

    漆黒と白の壁が美しい建物です。六郷湧水群を歩いて回るために車を停めさせてもらいました。中に入ると立派な内蔵があり、もともと酒蔵として使われていたそうです。さらに観光案内所もあって親切な係員の方が声をかけてくださいました。

  • Misato-cho Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo Umamachi 83
    A tourist information center located inside the Meisui-ichiba Yutaro commercial complex in Uma-machi Rokugo, Misato Town, Senboku County, Akita Prefecture. The center provides information on area tourism destinations, and services such as arranging for tour guides. The center also sells local specialty products and merchandise featuring the town's mascot Misato no Mizumo.

    名水市場湧太郎内にありました。有人の案内所で、入ると声掛けをしてくださり、親切に説明してくれそうでした。湧水群巡りのパンフレットもこちらで入手できます。

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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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