Attractions

Lake in Tazawa-ko

Tazawa-ko

The under-visited beach at Shirahama (白浜) is a real find for open-water swimmers and beach bums due to its clear-blue water, shallow entry and breathtaking mountain backdrop, but is only recommended during summer mo…
Park in Akita

Senshū-kōen

Originally constructed in 1604, Akita's castle was destroyed with other feudal relics during the Meiji Restoration. The moat still guards the entrance to this leafy park; though hardly sinister, it becomes choked wi…
Museum in Akita

Akita Museum of Art

Akita's most famous painting, Tsuguharu Fūjita's Events of Akita, is also reputed to be the world's largest canvas painting, measuring 3.65m by 20.5m and depicting traditional Akita life through the seasons. It's th…
Museum in Kakunodate

Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

The Aoyagi family compound is impressive in its own right, but inside each well-maintained structure is a fascinating exhibition of family heirlooms. The collection spans generations and includes centuries-old samur…
Brewery in Kakunodate

Andō Brewery

Rows of Hinamatsuri dolls welcome visitors to this centuries-old brewery overseen by one of the oldest families in Akita-ken. Andō makes soy sauce and miso (sorry, tipplers, not that kind of brewery!) in a beautiful…
Historic Building in Kakunodate

Bukeyashiki Ishiguro-ke

Built in 1809 as the residence of the Ishiguro family, advisers to the Satake clan, this is one of the oldest buildings in the district. Descendants of the family still live here, and offer tours around parts of the…
Arts Centre in Kakunodate

Kakunodate Cherry-Bark Craft Center

Inside are exhibits and demonstrations of kabazaiku, the craft of covering household or decorative items in fine strips of cherry bark. This pursuit was first taken up by lower-ranking and masterless samurai in time…
Museum in Akita

Akarenga-kan Museum

Once the opulent headquarters of Akita Bank, this brick structure built in 1912 is now a folk museum. Inside, you'll find fascinating woodblock prints of traditional Akita life by self-taught artist Katsuhira Tokush…