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Akita

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Akita Youthpal Hostel

Akita Youthpal Hostel

Bonson Lam

The Akita Youthpal Youth Hostel is more like a resort than a youth hostel. This is a slick modern building set in park like settings,..

Tazawako Rose Park Hotel

Tazawako Rose Park Hotel

Keith Wyss

The Tazawako Rose Park Hotel is situated right on the shore of beautiful Lake Tazawa, a caldera lake of about 20 km circumfere..

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Six Days in Tohoku

Six Days in Tohoku

Ignatius Koh

Not much is known about Tohoku to the average traveller; perhaps only the memory of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake that devastated..

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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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