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Akita

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Top Attractions in Akita

Around Akita

Akita City

Akita City

Akita City is famous for being home to the Kanto Matsuri, one of the three big summer festivals in Tohoku. Beautiful lanterns...

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Kakunodate

Kakunodate

Kakunodate (角館) is a former castle town and samurai stronghold in today's Akita Prefecture. While Kakunodate Castle no long...

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Oga Peninsula

Oga Peninsula

The Oga peninsular lies on the western coast of Akita prefecture, along the Sea of Japan. Whilst primarily known for the loca...

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Semboku

Semboku

Semboku is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan. As of October 2018, the city has an estimated population of 25,880, and...

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Upcoming Akita Events

Mato Park Sakura Festival

Mato Park Sakura Festival

Kim

From around mid to late April each year, Akita's Mato Park is home to an incredible 2000 cherry trees in bloom - it's no surp...

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Where to eat in Akita

Akita: Food Guide

Akita: Food Guide

Farah Bassyouni

Akita is a great place to sightsee and is known for its local dishes and cuisine that are bound to make your experience even ...

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Kiritanpo

Kiritanpo

Charlie Hua

When you spend a day in the kingdom of snow here in Akita, the local speciality Kiritanpo is the perfect winter food for you ...

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Places to stay in Akita

Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen

Steve Morton

Set in a beautiful forest covered mountain, Nyuto Onsen is one place very much worth visiting, and one that is very accessibl...

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Latest Akita Reports

Akita: Food Guide

Akita: Food Guide

Farah Bassyouni

Akita is a great place to sightsee and is known for its local dishes and cuisine that are bound to make your experience even ...

Akita
Asamai Park Iris Festival

Asamai Park Iris Festival

Kim

Each year from late June through to early July, Akita's Asamai Park is filled to the brim with the color of 600,000 irises in...

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About Akita

Akita
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Tohoku
Island Honshu
Capital Akita
Population 1,085,997
Area 11,637.54 sq. km

Get ready to gain weight when you’re in Akita Prefecture (秋田県, Akita-ken), where you can find delicious dishes galore.

Its prime location adjacent to the Sea of Japan means great seafood (most notably the hata hata fish), while Akita is also known for its Akita Komachi brand of rice and the high quality sake brewed from it. Other famous Akita foods include kiritanpo, Inaniwa udon noodles, and the Yokote yakisoba.

When you’re not eating, try visiting the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or relax at the Nyuto Hot Springs. Akita is also the host of the All Japan Fireworks Competition, held annually on the fourth Saturday of August. If you’re visiting in the winter, watch out for men dressed as traditional namahage ogres!

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