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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 importantly, cylindrical sticks of pounded rice. There is also a miso-based version, aptly named th...more...
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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 minutes. Train The Akita Shinkansen provides hourly service from Tokyo station to Akita station. Thes...more...
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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 people play large taiko drums and come ...more...
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Akita Museum of Art The Akita Museum of Art is Akita prefecture’s leading art installation, built by the famous architect Ando Tadao, known for creating many prefectural art museums as well as the Modern art museum in Fort Worth. The museum also showcases a large collection of western painter Le...more...
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Wood Crafts and Cherry BarkJapan's sakura cherry trees give us so much. In the spring, we enjoy beautiful blossoms during the hanami season. In summer, we eat buckets of light yellow and red sakuranbo, sweeter and less tart than dark cherries. And of course, we use sakura wood in everything from ...more...
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Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture is famous for a type of lacquerware, recognized by the Japanese government as a Traditional Craft Product. This local craft is called Kawatsura lacquer and is most commonly applied to daily items like dishes, trays and furniture. Despite being destined for use rather th...more...
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"NOT SO SOLO TRAVEL" IN AKITAI am not experienced at solo travel. Some facts about me: 1) My Japanese conversational skills are more or less limited to that of a five-year-old. 2) I am absolutely horrible with directions, even with the help of Google Maps. 3) Prior to this trip, I had never been ...more...
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Looking to add somewhere a little off-the-beaten-path to your Japanese adventure?  Akita Prefecture in northwestern Tohoku has lots to offer, from samurai villages to super posh chickens and even—so they say—the most beautiful women in Japan. S'up, samurai-san? Kakunodate Samurai Residences an...more...