Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Shirakami / Oga Area

  • Oga Aquarium GAO
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Togashiohama
    An aquarium overlooking the Sea of Japan in Togashiohama, Oga City, Akita Prefecture which was remodeled and reopened in 2004. Visited by large numbers of tourists, the aquarium was also used for filming in the movie “Tsuribaka Nisshi.” The impressive Giant Sea of Oga Aquarium exhibit recreates the ocean off Oga and houses some 2,000 living creatures spanning 40 species. Visitors can also come in contact with real sea creatures at the aquarium’s Touch Pool and watch the aquarium’s popular polar bears as they romp and play. The aquarium also has a restaurant where you can eat while gazing out over the sea.

    Getting there is not easy, we took a train to Hadachi Station from Akita Station. First to Nahamage Muesum, followed by the aquarium. Hadachi is one stop before Oga Station, it is closer to the road...

  • Ani Ski Resort
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Kitakitashi Anikaginotaki 79-5
    A ski resort located on Mt. Moriyoshi, a mountain selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 best mountains for viewing flowers and Japan's 100 best frost covered tree scenery destinations. The resort has three beginner courses and two intermediate courses, making this a great destination for first-time skiers. But the resort's biggest draw is the stunning frost covered trees which can be seen near the top of the 1,200 meter high mountain. In February, the resort holds nighttime tours in which you can view the trees from the comfort of the cabin of a snowcat. Outside ski season, visitors can take in alpine plants in summer and stunning fall foliage in autumn. A 3.5 kilometer long lift with comfortable gondolas goes to the top of the mountain, making it easy even for senior citizens to enjoy the view.

    We took the Ani Gondola ride up the mountain. From there, we trekked up the trail to one of the peaks. Nice view. At the Ani Gondola station, there was also an Akita dog stationed there.

  • Noshiro Energium Park
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Noshiroshi Omoriyama 1-6
    "A museum located a 15-minute drive from JR Noshiro Station in Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture. Facilities include the Noshiro Nebu Nagashi Hall, which displays Noshiro kites decorated with Berabo faces and traditional parade floats used in the long-held Nebu Nagashi festival; an ""ancient forest"" modeled after the Carboniferous Period; an exhibition hall where you can learn about energy consumption; and a gallery which provides information on the Noshiro Thermal Power Plant and environmental initiatives. There's also a culture hall used for lectures and seminars, and a playground and square for playing sports."

    お天気が良いときはエリア内にある遊具などでも遊べます。中も科学や植物に触れることができて自由研究にも良いでしょう。休日はワークショップも度々行われているので、参加するのも楽しいです。

  • Polder Museum of Ogata-Mura
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Minamiakitagunogatamura Nishi 5-2
    This museum is in Ogata-Mura, Minami Akita County, Akita Prefecture. It offers exhibitions on Hachiro Lagoon reclamation, Ogata agriculture and more, with dioramas and multi-screen systems. There are also regular activities and events such as the Handicraft Classes and Nature Observation Meetings. It's often used as a communication and exchange center for local students.

    Oogata Village is a large village created on reclaimed land. Hachirougata was the second largest lake in Japan after Lake Biwa but now only one eighth remains after land reclamation of roughly two...

  • Kitaakita City Ani Culture and History Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Akita Kita-akita-shi Ani Ginzan Shimoshinmachi 41-22
    A museum that opened in 1986 to teach the world about the history of Ani, a town that prospered due to mining. In addition to the copper pyrite excavated from Ani Mine there are also examples of iron pyrite, galena, and quartz drawn from the mine. Also on display are tools used in the mine, illustrations of what it was like to work in the mine during the Edo period (in picture scrolls), special Ani Namisen coins that could only be used in the mine, a survey report of the mine conducted by German engineer Mezger, a details of the miner mutual support system (buddy system).

    I didn’t know till this visit that Aniai was once one of the largest copper and precious minerals mines in Japan. All I knew was that Akita had a lot of mines and many refineries but that the ore has...

  • Noshiro Yamamoto Sports Resort Center Arinasu
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Noshiroshi Ochiai Shimodai 2-1
    This is a sports resort just a 10-minute drive from the Noshiro Station on the JR Gono Line. The outdoor arena available for use by sports clubs or recreational use boasts four basketball courts, Indoors, there are accommodations for lodgings available those holding seminars, other larger events, workshops, or for tourist, with the added benefit of the comforts of a hot springs bath. In addition, the center is equipped with spaces for dance, yoga, or education workshops, all towards promoting a life of sports in all stages of one’s life.

    特に観光という訳でないので寝れれば という感覚で予約しましたが お風呂は源泉だし、お部屋広いしそれで 3000円以下!あり得ない価格 トイレが部屋の外共同でしたが苦ではありませんでした 外食で代行タクシーで帰りましたが 12時までは裏口から入れます 無料の洗濯機もあり(10時まで) 残念ながら故障していましたが製氷機もありました 本来は合宿などで使われるのでしょうが とっても快適でした! また利用...

  • Cottage Laulu
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Akita Kita-akita-shi Moriyoshi Moriyoshi Kogen
    A lodging facility fun for the whole family standing at the foot of Mt. Moriyoshi in Akita Prefecture. Here you can enjoy one of a variety of lodging facilities, including northern European-style cottages, mountain cottages, and a campground. The facility also offers outdoor sports throughout the spring, summer and fall. The facility also offers plans such as a Mt. Moriyoshi climbing plan, lodging together with a pet, and seasonal plans.

    3家族で宿泊しました。 普通のホテルに泊まるのとは違って、 とても自由に過ごすことが出来ました。 リビングに集まってわいわい騒いだり、 子供同士遊んだり。 コテージなので、気兼ねなく過ごせてよかったです。 お部屋も綺麗でしたし、 スタッフの方にもとても親切にして頂きました。 外には子供が遊べるところもあって、楽しめました。

  • Kagaya Farm
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Akita Katagami-shi Tenno Bonumadai 254-2
    A fruit farm located in Bonuma-dai, Tenno, Katagami City. The farm cultivates grapes, Japanese pears, and European pears. Open from late August through early November, visitors can enjoy picking a variety of seasonal fruits. The farm also sells its fruits direct via an adjoining farm stand.

    やはり秋の天王町と言えばナシですよね。子供のころからこの農園から購入しています。ブドウ狩りのようなサービスもやってますので、この行楽シーズンは農園内がにぎわっています。

  • Kimimachi-zaka Prefectural Nature Park
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    Akita Pref. Noshiroshi Natsui Kotatsu Nakajima
    This park is located in Kotsunagi, Futatsui-machi, Noshiro City. The name Kimimachi-zaka was bestowed on the area by Emperor Meiji when he visited it during an imperial tour of the Tohoku region. There is an anecdote about the emperor receiving a letter sent by the empress out of concern about his long journey while he stayed in the area. The park features a stone monument commemorates the rest the Emperor took in the area, and an additional monument is inscribed with the waka poem included in the empress' letter. The park also features the Koibumi Shrine, a mailbox for love letters, a gallery, a cafe, and more. Visitors can enjoy scenery created by Byobu Rock and the area's seasonal nature, such as cherry blossoms in the spring.
  • Kamayahama Beach
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    Akita Pref. Yamamotogunmitanechou Okuchi Kamaya
    Wind turbines line this sandy beach, which has been selected as one of the Best Beach 100 of Japan beaches due to its beautiful waters. Visitors can also see the World Heritage Shirakami-Sanchi mountains from the beach, as well as Oga Peninsula in the distance. It is a popular spot to watch the beautiful sunset, and is also famous as the Sunset Beach of Kamayahama.
  • Namahage Auto Campground
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitaurakitaura Heidaiyama In the ground
    This auto camp is located in Oga City, Akita Prefecture. In this vast ten-hectare area that is rich in nature, there are cottages, a campsite with 70 sections, camper van sites as well as other facilities. There is a center house where a reception, shops, a lounge and rental tent supplies are located. Additionally, there are hot spring facilities adjacent to the auto camp which is used by many of its visitors.
  • Miyazawa Beach
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Noishi Obasawa
    This beach boasts top class water quality in the prefecture. A wide, shallow beach stretches across the coast and visitors can enjoy clam gathering in the early summer. The beach is open for bathing from mid-July to around August every year, as are the beachside shops and lifeguard facilities. There are also campsites and hot springs nearby.
  • Katagami City Local Culture Preservation and Practice Hall
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    Akita Katagami-shi
    A museum built in the Akita Prefecture designated Ishikawa Rikinosuke Heritage site in Ienokami, Yamada, Katagami City. Exhibits center around material related to Ishikawa Rikinosuke, a local eminent figure and agricultural leader who spent his life aiding agricultural communities and promoting agriculture, as well as materials related to local history and customs.
  • Kagaya Orchard
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    Akita Katagami-shi Tenno Shimode To 1-1
    An orchard in Shimodeto, Tenno, Katagami City. The orchard is open from late August to late November and depending on season you can enjoy picking grapes, Asian pears, apples, or kiwi fruits. Located within the orchard is a shop that sells fruit as well as vegetables and rice.
  • Detohama Beach
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    Akita Katagami-shi Tenno Shimohamayama
    A swimming beach located along Prefectural Route 56 in Shimohamayama, Tenno, Kitagami City. The wide sandy beach and relatively calm sea with shallow waves makes this a popular beach for families. During beach season there are eight beach houses open for business and you can also enjoy beautiful scenery including Mt. Chokai, the Oga Peninsula, and the sun setting over the Sea of Japan.
  • Oga Quasi National Park
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    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.
  • Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitaurashinzan Mizukuisawa 97
    A museum where visitors can experience the folklore of Namahage, ogres which traditionally sit homes in the area on New Year’s to frighten misbehaving children. The museum, housed inside a prototypical magariya-style construction common to the area, stands next to the Namahage Museum, which is dedicated to presenting the history and culture of Namahage. Here visitors can take part in a Namahage folk custom class and experience the custom of Namahage, something otherwise very difficult for visitors to see outside of New Year’s Eve. The museum also displays traditional lifestyle tools and accoutrements used in the area. Be sure the purchase the money-saving joint ticket which grants access both to this museum and the Namahage Museum.
  • Oga Golf Club
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Akita Oga-shi Iriaihakoi Naga Shida 68

    こちらの住所は五里合。ともだちがゴリアイと読んでいたのでここで訂正しておきます。これでイリアイと読みます。笑 会社の付き合いで横手からこちらのゴルフ場に来ました。なかなかに起伏があるコースが連続しており、戦略を練るのが楽しいです。帰りはおいしいお店がたくさんありますので、男鹿の幸を楽しんでいってはいかがでしょうか。

  • Akitakenkankyotobunkanomura
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Minamiakitagungojoumemachi Kamihiguchi Yamadasawa 156-1

    このエリアは散歩に持ってこいですが、それと同じ位、施設内で定期的に行っている体験教室も価値があります。 月毎に色々なイベントがあり、大人-子どもまで、みんなが楽しんで過ごせます! イベント参加は事前予約が必須ですので、行かれる方は、お忘れなく!!!

  • AEON Family Theater Noshiro
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Akita Pref. Noshiroshi Yanagimachi 11-1

    ヒマの時、時々行きます。平日の日中だと観客が少ない。私には、これがうれしい。 ただ、どーしても古いのや芸術的香りが高い(褒め言葉ではない)作品が多くなるのはしょうがないかもしれません。

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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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