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Special Feature AKITA JAPAN THE ENJOYABLE WAY

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Akita Prefecture has an expressive natural environment that enthralls visitors throughout the four seasons.
In spring there are the famous cherry blossoms of Kakunodate, while summer in Akita is lit up by the Kanto Matsuri, one of the three major festivals in the Tohoku region. In fall the mountains blaze with red and yellow autumnal leaves, and the snow-covered winter months are perfect for enjoying local specialties and hot springs. Akita Prefecture has more Important Intangible Folk Properties than anywhere else in Japan, and there are many festivals to enjoy in winter as well. It is a place where you can enjoy all seasons of the year, with townscapes and events that impart a sense of history, tradition, and culture.
Akita awaits.

Spiritually enriching site

Hachiman Akita Shrine

Akita

Akita Shrine was founded on the main street in 1867 to enshrine Yoshinobu Satake, the first feudal lord of Akita. In 1899 it was moved to its current location at the former site of the castle keep, and became Hachiman Akita Shrine. Senshu Park where the shrine is situated is a beautiful spot that was selected as one of the top 100 historic parks in Japan, and one of the top 100 spots for viewing cherry blossoms. The cute "hato mikuji" (dove-shaped fortune slips) are also recommended.

[Basic Information]
Name: Hachiman Akita Shrine
Address: 1-8 Senshu Koen, Akita, Akita Prefecture
Open: -
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: -
Notes: -

Karamatsu Shrine

Daisen

Karamatsu Shrine is said to bring couples together. It is particularly famous for granting the wishes of women. Stones are enshrined behind Amatsuhinomiya. While making a wish, men stroke the central elliptical stone while proceeding clockwise three times, and women stroke the Dakiishi Otokoishi below the Tamahokoishi while proceeding counterclockwise three times.

[Basic Information]
Name: Karamatsu Shrine
Address: 84 Shitadai, Kyowasakai, Daisen, Akita Prefecture
Open: 9:00 to 16:00
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: -
Notes: -

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Nature / Scenic area

Akagami Shrine Goshado

Oga

After climbing the 999 stone steps said to have been carved by ogres from the bottom of the shrine, you are greeted with the majestic sight of Akagami Shrine Goshado. Five "namahage" folklore demons are enshrined there, and this shrine is thought to be the origin of the namahage legends. You should also be sure to check out the mysterious "Sugatami no Ido" well and "upside-down cedar" while climbing the stairs.

[Basic Information]
Name: Akagami Shrine Goshado
Address: 35 Haraikawa, Funagawaminato Honzanmonzen, Oga, Akita Prefecture
Open: -
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: -
Notes: -

Skypark Mount Kanpu Panorama Observation Deck

Oga

Skypark Mount Kanpu Panorama Observation Deck, which is surrounded by beautiful grassy hills, offers stunning 360 degree views from an elevation of 355 meters. To the east you can see the reclaimed land of Hachirogata, and to the south Mount Chokaizan looms before you. To the west is the cape of Nyudozaki, and to the north is an unbroken view of the magnificent scenery of Shirakami-Sanchi. This area is also famous as a location where a Korean movie was shot, and many fans visit to take a look.

[Basic Information]
Name: Skypark Mount Kanpu Panorama Observation Deck
Address: 62 Kanpuzan, Wakimototominaga, Oga, Akita Prefecture
Open: 8:30 to 17:00
Closed: No closed days between late March and early December
Time: Over 40 minutes
Price: (Individual fare) Standard 540 yen,
Elementary, junior high, and high school students 270 yen
Notes: -

Godzilla Rock

Oga

Godzilla, who has recently stepped back into the limelight again with a new movie, is said to show up at Godzilla Rock when dusk falls. Early in the evening this rock looks almost like Godzilla breathing fire. With this spectacle now featured on TV shows as well, people flock here in droves towards evening on a fine day. You should definitely stop by and check it out if you come to Oga Peninsula.

[Basic Information]
Name: Godzilla Rock
Address: Funagawaminato Kohama, Oga, Akita Prefecture
Open: -
Closed: -
Time: -
Price: -
Notes: -

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Hot spring

Kawarage Oyutaki Falls

Yuzawa

Kawarage Oyutaki Falls, which flows down from a 20 meter high precipice, is one of the world's most remarkable hot spring waterfalls. The hot water that rises up from Kawarage Jigoku mixes with mountain stream water, bringing the temperature down to a moderate level, and making the waterfall basin a perfect example of a natural open-air bath. This rare hot spring is only a suitable temperature for bathing between July and September.

[Basic Information]
Name: Kawarage Oyutaki Falls
Address: Kawarage, Takamatsu, Yuzawa Akita Prefecture
Open: Sunrise to Sundown
Closed: Outside the summer season (October to June)
Bathing only possible July to September
Time: -
Price: Free
Notes: There is a basic changing room beside the waterfall basin

Note: Road Closure
*The road is closed in winter due to snow
*Closed period (usual): Early November to Early May

Kawarage Jigoku

Yuzawa

Kawarage Jigoku is one of the top three sacred places in Japan, along with Mount Osore in Aomori Prefecture and Mount Tate in Toyama Prefecture (Ecchu) . It was also known as the "Sacred Mountain of Kawarage." It is said that Gesso Osho founded a temple there in 807. One of the highlights of the site is the bare hillside covered in ash white lava rock. You can see there is still volcanic activity in the area.

[Basic Information]
Name: Kawarage Jigoku
Address: Kawarage, Takamatsu, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Open: Sunrise to Sundown
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: Free
Notes:

Note: Road Closure
*The road is closed in winter due to snow
*Closed period (usual): Early November to Early May

Oyasukyo Daifunto

Yuzawa

This famous sightseeing spot is also known as "jigokugama," which means "hell's cauldron." A natural hot spring village surrounded by stunning scenery, it has been a popular tourist destination since the Edo period. The 98 degree Celsius water that pours forth from between the rocks is a phenomenon rarely seen at other hot spring areas in Japan, and the sight of the hot springs gushing out is quite impressive.

[Basic Information]
Name: Oyasukyo Daifunto
Address: Aratokoro, Minase, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Open: Entry permitted
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: Free
Notes:

Oga Hot Spring Village

Oga

The hot springs of Yui no Yado Bettei Tsubaki in Oga Hot Spring Village use water from the spring source. They contain salt, and have a wide variety of effects. Thought to bestow beautiful, silky smooth skin, they are popular with women. The view of the Sea of Japan from the guest rooms is also superb. We also recommend the thrilling "ishi-yaki" stone-roasted cuisine that Oga is famous for.

[Basic Information]
Name: Oga Hot Spring Yui no Yado Bettei Tsubaki
Address: 81 Nakazato, Kitaura Yumoto, Oga, Akita Prefecture
Open: -
Closed: Closed for a time during the winter season *Confirmation required
Time: -
Price: Akita Vision Room (no-smoking) 21,000 yen for 2 guests to a room,
18,500 yen for 4 guests to a room
*Varies by season, so please inquire
Notes: -

Oyasukyo Hot Spring

Yuzawa

Oyasukyo in Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, is a hot spring with a long history that many people have visited. The open-air bath at the Guest House Shusen is a popular attraction where you can relax and enjoy the surrounding nature from season to season. The hot spring uses a colorless and transparent spring source with a temperature of 85.9 degrees Celsius. In addition to accommodation, we also recommend the day spa.

[Basic Information]
Name: Oyasukyo Hot Spring Guest House Shusen
Address: 20-5 Koyunokami, Min ase, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Open: 10:00 to 15:00 (day spa)
Closed: n/a
Time: 30 minutes per soak
Price: 500 yen (per person, day spa, including consumption and bath tax)
Notes:

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History / Sightseeing

Samurai Residence Jinrikisha

Kakunodate

Kakunodate is a sightseeing spot in Akita Prefecture established early in the Edo period, when it thrived as a castle town of the northern house of the Satake clan. The town is known as the little Kyoto of Michinoku, surrounded by mountains, and featuring beautiful samurai residences and rows of cherry trees. Spend some time relaxing with a rickshaw ride in this charming area for the ultimate feeling of luxury.

[Basic Information]
Name: Samurai Residence Kakunodate Jinriki-sha
Address: Omotemachi Kamicho to Higashi Katsurakucho, Kakunodate-machi, Senboku,
Akita Prefecture
Open: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: n/a (reservations are required in the winter season)
Time: About 15 minutes (tour of high ranking samurai residences)
Price: 1 rickshaw (carries 2 people) 3,000 yen including tax
Notes: About 30 minutes (tour of medium/high ranking samurai residences)
5,000 yen including tax,
About 60 minutes (complete tour of samurai residences) 9,000 yen including tax

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Experience / Traditional craft

Experience the traditional craft of gold lacquerware

Yuzawa

Both young and old can enjoy the experience of making maki-e gold lacquerware, a traditional craft that has been passed down through the generations in Akita prefecture for centuries. Pick a pattern you like, then add some color. Sprinkle on some gold powder to finish. Your own one-of-a-kind maki-e confectionary stand would make the perfect memento or souvenir for a trip.

[Basic Information]
Name: Yuzawa Kawatsura Lacquerware Traditional Crafts Center
Address: 142-1 Odatenakano, Kawatsura-cho, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Open: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: n/a
Time: 2 hours
Price: 2,057 yen (with confectionary stand)
Notes: Reservation required (at least 2 days in advance)

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Gourmet dining

Ando Jyozo

Daisen

Ando Jyozo is a store of long standing in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture, with a history of around 160 years. It produces additive-free, naturally brewed miso, soy sauce, and pickled products. The flagship store has a historic feel to it, and features a built-in storehouse. There is also an area where you can buy souvenirs and sample the wares. “Shiro Dashi” (Japanese soup stock) is the most popular product with tourists.

[Basic Information]
Name: Ando Jyozo (flagship store)
Address: 27 Shimoshinmachi, Kakunodate-machi, Senboku, Akita Prefecture
Open: 8:30~18:00
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: Shiro Dashi (350 ml) 600 yen (excluding tax)
Notes: -

Akita Micro-Brewery

Akita

This is a restaurant run directly by Akura Beer, one of Akita's most prominent micro-breweries. For newcomers we recommend the beer tasting set, which usually features five varieties of home-brewed beer that you can only sample here. You might even find a beer that suits your tastes. The menu also offers popular items using local ingredients that go great with beer!

[Basic Information]
Name: Akura Beer Restaurant Platz
Address: 1-2-40 Omachi, Akita, Akita Prefecture
Open: 17:00 to 23:00
Closed: Irregular holidays (check in advance)
Time: -
Price: Akura Beer Tasting Set 1,100 yen (excluding tax)
Notes: -

Storehouse Cafe

Yuzawa

The cafe "momotose" was established in a renovated storehouse with a history of over a century, giving it a placid atmosphere where you can spend some time relaxing. The cafe is overflowing with books, local treasures, and cute curios selected by the owner. The Monthly Meal features local ingredients and subtle flavors that purify the body.

[Basic Information]
Name: momotose
Address: 160 Iwasaki, Iwasaki, Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture
Open: (Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays) 10:30 to 17:00
(Fridays, Saturdays) 10:30 to 21:00
Closed: Tuesdays, Wednesdays
Time: -
Price: Monthly Meal 1,200 yen (lunch)
Notes: -

Akita Hinai-Jidori Nabe

Akita

Hinai-Jidori chicken is considered one of the three tastiest in Japan, and is cherished by many as a brand that represents Akita. Honke Abeya is a restaurant directly run by the producer of Hinai-Jidori. The collagen rich Mizutaki Nabe hot pot with Hinai-Jidori is a particularly popular dish. The fresh Hinai-Jidori chicken broth that takes 12 hours to make is simply exquisite.

[Basic Information]
Name: Honke Abeya, restaurant of the producer responsible for Akita Hinai-Jidori chicken
Address: Area Nakaichi Commercial Facility 1F, 1-4-3 Nakadori, Akita, Akita Prefecture
Open: Monday to Friday
(Lunch) 11:00 to 15:00 (last order 14:30) (Dinner) 17:00 to 23:00 (last order 22:00)
Saturdays/Sundays/Public holidays
(Lunch) 11:00 to 17:00 (last order 16:30) (Dinner) 17:00 to 23:00 (last order 22:00)
Closed: n/a
Time: -
Price: Mizutaki Nabe 1,800 yen (serves 1) excluding tax
Notes:

nico

Akita

This cafe almost has the feel of stepping into a general store. When building it a lot of care was apparently taken with everything from the interior decoration to the selection of chairs. We suggest you try the pancakes, which you can savor stacked up mille-feuille style together with an original sauce. One bite and you'll know why they're so popular!

[Basic Information]
Name: nico
Address: Sanno 9K Building 1F, 4-6-26 Sanno, Akita, Akita Prefecture
Open: 8:30 to 18:00 (last order 17:00) *11:00 to 18:00 on Mondays
Closed: Sundays/Public holidays *Maybe be open on some public holidays
Time: -
Price: Pancakes with Macadamia Nut Sauce 920 yen, Pancakes with Very Berry Sauce 920 yen
Notes: -

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Destination Akita

Special Feature AKITA JAPAN THE ENJOYABLE WAY

Akita Area Map

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