AkitaIn Akita, on the Sea of Japan coast in the northern Tohoku region, visitors can revel in Japan’s natural beauty. You can climb mountains, look over beautiful lakes and visit coastal towns. Soak in hot springs and experience the Edo era in the preserved samurai town of Kakunodate. Akita is leading the way in eco-industries. Though the region may seem remote to those in Tokyo and Osaka, Akita embraces diversity and welcomes the world. While you are there don’t forget to try the local ‘Kiritanpo-Nabe’ stew made with rice and ‘jizake’ or locally brewed sake (rice wine). If you are visiting in summer, check out the Kanto Matsuri (竿燈まつり “pole lantern festival”) held every year from August 3rd to the 6th.
Places to visit in Akita
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Senshu Park in the heart of Akita City, only a short walk west of Akita station, is famous for the Kubota castle remains located in the park's northern half.
Oga Aquarium Gao
Oga Aquarium Gao, located in Oga-shi, is an aquarium with many marine animals and offers interactive events.
Sato Yosuke (Sohonten)
An Inaniwa udon noodle restaurant and factory, visitors to the Sato Yosuke flagship store can enjoy watching their udon being made before their meal. The building also hosts a souvenir shop selling a variety of regional goods -- traditional lacquerware and ite
Akita Kanto Festival
The Kanto festival is one of the most spectacular festivals in Japan, with 12-meter high bamboo poles decorated with 46 lanterns weighing a total of 50 kg carried by men on their shoulders, waist and head.
Pronounced "Shuhai", this Japanese restaurant is known for its high-quality local cuisine and large variety of sake.
Sakanaya Honpo (Main Store)
This Japanese restaurant features many of the local specialties from Akita Prefecture as well as a variety of staple Japanese dishes. Sakanaya Honpo recommends trying their Kiritanpo and Hinaidori (Hinai Chicken), two dishes for which Akita is well known. Kiri
Yuzawa Toei Hotel
Yuzawa Toei Hotel features Japanese-style rooms with public hot-spring baths and free Wi-Fi. Guests can request for massages or ski at the Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort, which is a 10-minute cable car ride away.
Echigo Yuzawa Hatago Isen
Featuring hot springs and Japanese-style rooms with free internet, Hatago Isen is a 1-minute walk from JR Echigo Yuzawa Station. The hotel provides a tennis court and bicycle rentals.
Hotel Metropolitan Akita
Directly connected to JR Akita Station and featuring free WiFi access throughout the property, Hotel Metropolitan Akita offers 2 restaurants, a bar and air-conditioned accommodation.
Route Inn Grantia Akita Spa Resort
Boasting 5 hot-spring baths and a Korean sauna, Route Inn Grantia Akita Spa Resort is 1.5 km from JR Akita Train Station. Rooms include free internet, a full bathroom and satellite TV channels.
Yuzawa New Otani
Boasting natural hot spring baths and hot tubs, Yuzawa New Otani is located just a 5-minute walk from Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort. JR Echigo-Yuzawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 7-minute walk away. Free Wi-Fi is available at
Hotel Pearl City Akita Kanto-Odori
A 5-minute drive from JR Akita Train Station, Hotel Pearl City offers a buffet restaurant, massage service and free-use bicycles. The air-conditioned rooms include a private bathroom and satellite TV.
Resort Hotel New Sky
Boasting a hot spring open-air bath, Resort Hotel New Sky offers accommodation in Obonai. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Bathroom facilities are shared. Guests can soak in the public