There are many places I would like to visit in Japan, Tokyo being the first, as it’s the hub, the Japanese New York, and there’s so much to do there. But the place I’m featuring today is Akita, a prefecture in the northern Tohoku region. Located in the coastal plains of Akita prefecture, the sea of japan borders Akita to the west, and the Omono river runs through the center of Akita. The Akita castle was established by the Yamato court in 733 AD, bringing local Emishi tribes under it’s control. The city of Akita and Akita prefecture are rich in history, with the prefecture having changed hands many times. With all that history, the city offers many attractions and events to immerse yourself in.
Your first stop should be Kubota castle, which is located in Akita Prefecture, at Senshu park. associated with the Satake clan. It was used between 1604-1880. It only costs 100 yen to enter and is a 5 minute walk from Akita station. If you visit Japan travel, Hitoshi Kawai tells the story of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a general of Japan, that lost a great war, and the man who stood at his side and lived out his days in shame in this castle.
Photo credits // Trip advisor UK
Next you should check out what is called Furusato village that from what I gather, is either near, or in the Akita museum of art. This is a tourist complex also known as Kamakuland. It boast many attractions such as a crafts exhibition, arts and craft workshop, museums, cafes and more. Definitely worth the trip.
Photo credits // Concierge Akita
We come to one of the most picturesque festivals of Japan, at least in my opinion, from what I’ve learned about it. The Yokote Kamakura snow festival. With 450 years of history, featuring countless “Kamakura” (Igloo huts) made from snow. Each little hut contains a light, that is an altar to honor and respect the water deity and pray for abundant rice harvest in the new year. The festival is held on February 15 and 16.
Photo credits // Tokyo weekender
Let’s explore some good places to get a meal now. You can’t leave Akita without having traditional food, so here’s a few places to get you started.
Yosuke Sato (which I couldn’t find much english information on), is located at 2-6-1 Nakadori, Akita 010-0001, Akita Prefecture. When viewing their site, which needs to be translated, if you go to their about us section, you will read the long, rich history of this establishment. Reviews say the food is quite amazing, and worth the trip there, and say you won’t go hungry here.
Photo credits // Trip advisor UK
Inaniya Udon serves local cuisine and local wine, located at 2-4-12 Nakadori, Akita, Akita Prefecture, just 40 minutes on foot from Akita station, 10 minutes by car 26 minutes by car from Akita Airport. The reviews on trip advisor rank high with this local restaurant, and the waitresses are said to be extremely helpful and nice.
What good would a vacation be without doing a bit of shopping?
The go to place to shop is Aeon mall. Now as I had promised, I prefer to cover the less well traveled shops, the hidden gems if you will. But I thought this one would be worth a trip, as it has the main items you will need for your stay in Akita. Located at 1-1-1 Goshano Kurida, Akita City, Akita Prefecture 0-14-1413. The website has information on all the stores it houses, events, shop news and more. I found it very difficult to find small shops, owner operated shops, so if you go Here, you will find a list of not only shops, but bakeries, markets, and more that are brought up on a map of Akita with interactive pins showing each location.
Last but not least, a place to lie your head while you enjoy Akita.
Tokyo Inn is our first stop, a place that mirrors one of our own major hotels, with much more to offer I’m sure. It gives a list of each hotel from city to city, and all their contact information, as well as a list of amenities, some very different from ours, and all specials on their front page that they offer. Located at 4-1, Naka-machi Higashi-dori Akita-city, Akita 010-0002 Japan, Directly connected with at the east exit of JR Akita Station(On the 2nd floor of the Community Center ALVE)
Located only 1 minutes’ walk to JR Akita station.
Next we have Pearl City, located at 2 – 3 Omachi, Akita City, Akita Prefecture 0-09-0921. The rooms are minimally decorated with your general beds, chairs and the normal furniture, some rooms such as the singles, are quite small, but for just a place to lie your head if you won’t be in your room often, it’s worth it.
We come to a close of one of my longest posts to date, but with this city, I wanted to be extremely thorough, as there was so much to do, and to see, but also because words do not do any justice to this city, pictures speak a thousand words. I hope you all can book that trip you’ve been waiting to attempt, and let Akita be your first stop.
Photo credits // Jreast.co.jp, main image