Akita

A granary area formed by abundant river waters and flat lands
Kanto-matsuri Festival that paints the colors of summer of the Tohoku region

Akita Prefecture is situated in the northeastern part of the Japanese main island. The western side faces the Japan Sea and has abundant river waters, flatlands, and spreads of fertile granary area. On the other hand, high mountains surround the northern, southern and eastern sides, and areas in the inland are known as those with the most snowfall in Japan.

Akita’s attraction is the various beautiful faces of nature. These include the deepest lake in Japan, Lake Tazawa-ko, Lake Towada-ko known for its mystique beauty, the Oga-hanto Peninsula with its beautiful coast line and sunset, the scenic Hachimantai Plateau, and Mt. Chokai-zan also known as Akita Fuji.

Akita has many traditional festivities and unique events throughout the year and you should not miss any of them. There are the Akita Kanto-matsuri Festival which represents the Tohoku region (northeastern region), Kamakura (snow huts) Festival in Yokote City, and the Namahage-Sedo Festival in Oga City, an event during which people dressed as demons knock on doors to visit houses to bless people on a winter night.

Akita is also known as a rice-farming region. You can try various local specialties such as Kiritanpo Nabe Stew made of rice, and Jizake, or locally brewed sake (rice wine).

Getting to Akita

An hour 5 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Akita Airport, and 1 hour 25 minutes from Osaka Itami Airport. Fifty minutes from Akita Airport to Akita Prefecture Office by bus. Three hours 55 minutes from Tokyo Station to Akita Station by the JR Akita Shinkansen Line.