In 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.

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Photo Cred: Flickr user yoppy 44124362019@N01/2303950259/Kiritanpo Nabe Want to warm up after spending a day in the cold Akita Winter? Look no further than the classic Kiritanpo Nabe, a hot pot dish that is served with the season’s ingredients, but most impor

Akita Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Hyougushi 71481771@N00/3686900111/Plane Akita has an airport, with domestic flights coming in from such places as Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo. Buses connect the airport with Akita Station, and a ride costs ¥980 and takes 40 minute

The Best Times to Visit Akita

Senshu Park in SpringSenshu Park is known for its beauty in all four seasons, but is especially beautiful in the spring. The park has over 800 sakura cherry trees that all bloom at the same time. It’s at this time that there are festivals that happen, where pe