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What to Do While Visiting Akita City

No matter how long you're here, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in the city of Akita. Whether it’s coffee, shopping, history or stunning art no matter your taste Akita has something for you. The city is overflowing with fascinating little quirks and specialties ready to explore, here is a guide on some of the best things to see, do and of course eat while you're in the city.

Index

  • Akita Museum of Art

  • Kubota Castle

  • Nakakoji Street

  • Saryo Café

  • Kiritanpoya

  • Akita Museum of Art

    What to Do While Visiting Akita City

    What to Do While Visiting Akita City

    If you’re in the area you have to check out the Akita museum of Art. Designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, the museum is one of the most striking buildings you’ll come across in the area. Inside however is just impressive, hosting a massive collection of work by Tsuguharu Fujita aka Leonard Foujita, Japan's most famous Western style painter. The gallery is also home to what’s reputed to be the world's largest canvas painting, Fujita’s “Events of Akita” which sits at a staggering 3.65 metres by 20.5 metres. Depicting traditional Akita life through its seasonal transitions, it’s a work that truly has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Beyond Fujita’s masterpiece, the space displays a vast collection of work by local artists and obviously some of the most incredible architecture in the region.

  • Kubota Castle

    What to Do While Visiting Akita City

    What to Do While Visiting Akita City

    While most castles are famous for what they have, Kubota Castle is actually famous for its lack of architectural norms. Built without a main tower or stone walls, this iconic building is one of Akita’s must not miss historical stop offs. It was once the home to the famous samurai family the Satake clan during 1604 - 1880. These days the castle hosts a history museum and a pretty impressive view as this stunning hirayama-style castle was built on a 40-metre (130 ft) hill on the left bank of the Omono River (Asahi River).

  • Nakakoji Street

    Nakakoji Street

    Nakakoji Street

    One walking strip you can’t miss in Akita is Nakakoji shopping street. Leading down from Akita station through the heart of the city it’s a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Home to a number arcades and major shopping centres it’s the perfect place to try out some local specialties like kiritanpo also known as grilled rice sticks which are a local cuisine of Akita Prefecture.

  • Saryo Café

    Saryo Café

    Saryo Café

    Sitting right next to Senshu Park is one of Akita’s best kept secrets. Saryo is the perfect place to stop off for you little coffee fill and sugar top up. Brewing some of the best tea and coffee in the area it’s the café’s incredible traditional Japanese sweet selection, which includes and unique take on dango (rice balls), mochi, and red bean paste on toast that makes Saryo a local favorite. No matter your taste this stylishly understated Akita local has something for everyone.

  • Kiritanpoya

    Kiritanpoya

    Kiritanpoya

    Kiritanpo is essentially the nationally recognized food of Akita, and there’s no better place to try it than at Kiritanpoya. For those unfamiliar with kiritanpo, it’s freshly cooked rice that has been formed into mochi style cylinders around cedar skewers, and toasted over an open hearth. Often served dango style with sweet miso or in soups it’s the area’s unique version of mochi. Here at Kiritanpoya the best way to try kiritanpo is with a lunch set, where you can enjoy the classic local dish alongside a selection of seasonal sides.

    Akita
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 7-chome
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    Akita Museum of Art
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    Akita Pref. Akitashi Nakadori 1-4-2
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    0188538686
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    Kubota Castle Ruins
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    Akita Akita Senshukoen 1
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    0188327892
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    雄物川
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    秋田県秋田市
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  • 仲小路
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    秋田県秋田市中通
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    0188662112
    Matsushita Tea Cottage
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    Akita Akita Senshukoen 1-3
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    秋田きりたんぽ屋
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    秋田県秋田市中通2-7-6 緑屋ビル1F
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    018-801-2345
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