Akita Prefecture 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 wh…
Park in Akita

Senshū-kōen

Locals flock to this lush, leafy oasis on sunny days. The grounds were originally home to Akita's castle, built in 1604, which was destroyed with other feudal relics during the Meiji Restoration. A picturesque, wate…
Museum in Akita

Akita Museum of Art

Akita's most famous artwork, Tsuguharu Foujita's Events of Akita, is 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 the cle…
Statue in Tazawa-ko

Tatsuko

Legend has it that long ago, a local maiden, Tatsuko, believing that the spring water would make her beauty last forever, drank so much that she turned into a dragon, and remains in the lake to this day. She was joi…
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 Prefecture. Andō makes soy sauce and miso (sorry, tipplers, not that kind of brewery!) in a be…
Museum in Akita

Neburi Nagashi Kan

If you can't make it to town for the Kantō Matsuri pole lantern festival, this small museum is the next best thing. The highlight is a large hall with displays of sky-high poles adorned with dozens of paper lanterns…
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 samurai district. Descendants of the family still live here, and offer tours around part…
Museum in Kakunodate

Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

The restored 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-…
Arts Centre in Kakunodate

Kakunodate Cherry-Bark Craft Center

Inside this elegant building you'll find 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 …
Museum in Akita

Akarenga-kan Museum

Once the opulent headquarters of Akita Bank, this brick structure built in 1912 is now a local history museum. On the top floor you'll find beautiful woodblock prints of traditional Akita life by self-taught artist …