Akita Prefecture | Travel Guide
While Akita prefecture in the northeastern part of Japan’s main island might not be a typical destination for international tourists, it has plenty to offer in terms of nature and history. With several mountain ranges, there are ample opportunities for some great hiking, and what is better than to soak in a natural hot spring full of natural minerals that are also good for your skin after a great day of walking. This is your Akita travel guide!
Those with an interest in samurai culture and the feudal time of Japan will also love Akita because of its strong links with samurai history. Kakunodate has many historical gems that are worth checking out. In wintertime, there is usually heavy snowfall in this region, so traveling here is easiest between late spring to early fall.
Check out our package tour in the Tohoku region if you are interested in discovering Akita!
Lake Tazawa, Kakunodate, and Nyuto Onsen
Akita is not on the top of the list for destinations within Japan for the average foreign tourist, which is in part due to its remote location. However, for nature-lovers and those interested in history, it is certainly worth the trek up north! There are three areas that most (local) tourists have on the top of their list if they come to Akita.
Oga Peninsula, in the western part of Akita, juts out into the Japan Sea in the shape of an ax. Along its coastline are fantastic views of crags and boulders, and it is noted for its beautiful sunsets.
The city's heyday was in the 17th century, which is when Akita was the capital of the region under the feudal system. Nowadays it is a green city with a large park, which makes it a pleasant city to live in harmony with nature. Senshu Park is where the castle of the lord used to stand, which is why there is a moat around the park