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.
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.
Nakasumi Ryokan is located in Yuzawa, 6 km from Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort and 12 km from Kagura Ski Resort. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
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.
Family House Akashiya
A 5-minute ride from Naeba Ski Resort with its free shuttle, Family House Akashiya offers Japanese-style rooms, free Wi-Fi and ski gear rentals. Ski passes and ski storage are available, while free parking and drinks vending machi
Royal Hotel Odate
Royal Hotel Odate offers accommodation in Odate. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a bath and shower.
Naeba Springs Hotel
A 4-minute walk from Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Naeba Springs Hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, bar and fireplace at the lobby. The rooms are equipped with a TV. Certain rooms include a seating area where you can relax.
Naeba Lodge Oka
Located just steps away from the ski slopes of Naeba Ski Resort, Lodge Oka offers simple accommodations with free in-room WiFi. Guests can rent ski equipment and purchase ski passes at the front desk, if requested in advance.
Quad Inn Yokote
Only a 5-minute walk from JR Yokote Train Station, Quad Inn Yokote offers simple accommodations with free wired internet access. Guests can work out at the fitness centre or relax in the sauna and public baths located right next t
Akita Food Guide
Photo Cred: Flickr user yoppy [email protected]/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 [email protected]/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 minut