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Beauty and the Namahage Beast

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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

Odate Shining Street

Odate Shining Street

Lynda Hogan

Odate Shining Street is an avenue of trees illuminated until early morning in Akita Prefecture. Some 82 trees over a 800 met...

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Taihei River Sakura Festival

Taihei River Sakura Festival

Kim

From around mid to late April in Akita City, the banks of the Taihei River come alive with the color of around 1000 cherry tr...

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Where to eat in Akita

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Bonson Lam

German, Italian and Japanese yoshoku cuisine dominate the menu, with family favorites like croquettes, hamburg patties and gi...

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Places to stay in Akita

Kuroyu Onsen

Kuroyu Onsen

Keith Wyss

The iconic Nyuto Onsen has several hot spring resorts in the beautiful mountains of eastern Akita, which are open from Spring...

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Latest Akita Reports

Tazawako Ski Resort

Tazawako Ski Resort

Malcome Larcens

Looking for an awesome ski resort with plenty of powder away from the crowds and near some of the best hot springs in Japan. ...

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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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