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Paper Balloon Festival in Senboku

Paper Balloon Festival in Senboku

Monday - Feb 10th

The Paper Balloon festival is a very colourful festival in the middle of the Akita winter

Kamihinokinai 4 Free
Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival

Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival

Feb 13th - Feb 14th

The Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival (火振りかまくら Hiburi Kamakura) takes place in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture annually on..

Kakunodate 1 Free
Namahage Sedo Festival

Namahage Sedo Festival

Feb 14th - Feb 16th

The Namahage Festival is held each year on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of February, around the time of the old or lunar..

Shinzan Shrine 1 Free

Where to eat in Akita

Places to stay in Akita

Hotel Wellness Yokoteji

Hotel Wellness Yokoteji

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Hotel Wellness Yokoteji: First class hotel with outstanding service in Yokote, Akita Prefecture

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Akita Youthpal Hostel

Akita Youthpal Hostel

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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,..

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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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