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Beauty and the Namahage Beast

About Akita
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Where to eat in Akita



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 to..

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 accessible..

Ganiba Onsen

Ganiba Onsen

Malcome Larcens

Set in the Hachimantai National Park on the edge of Akita and Iwate prefectures, with most of the onsen hot springs open to the..


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About 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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