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A place where abundant nature and traditional culture still exist

Akita Prefecture is located in north-western Honshu, on the Japan Sea side of Tohoku. Akita is easily accessible from Tokyo. The Akita Shinkansen bullet train Komachi takes you directly to Akita Station, and you can also reach there by plane, highway bus and other transport options. Akita is also famous in Japan as the prefecture with the most number of Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Numerous unique traditional events and customs still exist in Akita, such as the Akita Kanto Festival (pole lantern festival) that is a summer feature in Akita City and well known as one of the three major festivals in Tohoku, and the Namahage folklore of troll-type demons from the Oga Peninsula. Akita experiences the typical Japan Sea-side climate, including heavy snowfall during the winter. Although it has a strong image of being a snow country due to its location in the deep-snow belt of Honshu, Akita is brimming with many scenic spots to enjoy throughout the year.

Akita Prefecture is a mountainous area, and its magnificent natural landscape creates stunning seasonal scenery that attracts people from far and wide. Each area in Akita has plenty of festivals and other seasonal events, which are bustling with participants and spectators. The sakura (cherry blossom) festival in spring is held in Kakunodate-machi, which is also a famous historical district known for its rows of samurai houses. Summer is the season for the Omagari Fireworks Competition in Daisen City, and pyrotechnicians from across Japan gather there to compete in it. Vivid autumn foliage is on full display at the numerous sightseeing spots where visitors can thoroughly enjoy the spectacular nature of Akita, such as Lake Towada and Hachimantai. Winter is when Akita is seeped in silvery snow, and also when the Yokote Snow Festival, known for its snow huts, takes place in Yokote City. Akita is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the wonderous seasonal beauty of Japan.

Lake Tazawa is one of leading sightseeing spots in Akita, reaching a depth of 423.4 meters to make it Japan’s deepest lake. Tourists flock to see the changing colors of this highly translucent and mystical lake’s surface, which can look both bright blue and cobalt blue on any given day. Akita is also blessed with many hot spring areas, including the numerous hot spring resorts scattered around Lake Tazawa. Nyuto Onsen is especially well known as a hidden hot spring. Why not take a hot spring tour of Akita and find the healing waters that suit you from among the many highly effective and traditional-style hot springs located throughout the prefecture. For picturesque Japanese landscape, you cannot go past Akita!
Read more Hide Akita Prefecture is located in north-western Honshu, on the Japan Sea side of Tohoku. Akita is easily accessible from Tokyo. The Akita Shinkansen bullet train Komachi takes you directly to Akita Station, and you can also reach there by plane, highway bus and other transport options. Akita is also famous in Japan as the prefecture with the most number of Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Numerous unique traditional events and customs still exist in Akita, such as the Akita Kanto Festival (pole lantern festival) that is a summer feature in Akita City and well known as one of the three major festivals in Tohoku, and the Namahage folklore of troll-type demons from the Oga Peninsula. Akita experiences the typical Japan Sea-side climate, including heavy snowfall during the winter. Although it has a strong image of being a snow country due to its location in the deep-snow belt of Honshu, Akita is brimming with many scenic spots to enjoy throughout the year.

Akita Prefecture is a mountainous area, and its magnificent natural landscape creates stunning seasonal scenery that attracts people from far and wide. Each area in Akita has plenty of festivals and other seasonal events, which are bustling with participants and spectators. The sakura (cherry blossom) festival in spring is held in Kakunodate-machi, which is also a famous historical district known for its rows of samurai houses. Summer is the season for the Omagari Fireworks Competition in Daisen City, and pyrotechnicians from across Japan gather there to compete in it. Vivid autumn foliage is on full display at the numerous sightseeing spots where visitors can thoroughly enjoy the spectacular nature of Akita, such as Lake Towada and Hachimantai. Winter is when Akita is seeped in silvery snow, and also when the Yokote Snow Festival, known for its snow huts, takes place in Yokote City. Akita is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the wonderous seasonal beauty of Japan.

Lake Tazawa is one of leading sightseeing spots in Akita, reaching a depth of 423.4 meters to make it Japan’s deepest lake. Tourists flock to see the changing colors of this highly translucent and mystical lake’s surface, which can look both bright blue and cobalt blue on any given day. Akita is also blessed with many hot spring areas, including the numerous hot spring resorts scattered around Lake Tazawa. Nyuto Onsen is especially well known as a hidden hot spring. Why not take a hot spring tour of Akita and find the healing waters that suit you from among the many highly effective and traditional-style hot springs located throughout the prefecture. For picturesque Japanese landscape, you cannot go past Akita!

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