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Akita

Located in the Tohoku Region, Akita Prefecture is home to a great number of famous sightseeing spots and specialty products. For instance, there are Nyuto Hot Spring Village, popular among seekers of out-of-the-way hot springs, sake made from premium rice and water that embody the natural excellence of the region, and Yokote yakisoba and other delicious foods that originated with the common people.
Other attractions include Akita culture and Shirakami-Sanchi, a World Heritage Site.
Take a JR East train to Akita with all its great attractions, a great place everyone should visit at least once.

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The outdoor spa at Tsurunoyu OnsenThe outdoor spa at Tsurunoyu Onsen

Tsurunoyu Onsen at Nyuto Hot Spring Village

Nyuto Hot Spring Village is a collection of seven hot springs at the foot of Mount Nyuto in Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The oldest of the hot springs in Nyuto Hot Spring Village, Tsurunoyu Onsen is filled with a historical ambience.
(Approximately 50 minutes by bus from JR Tazawako Station)

The statue of a legendary beauty residing on the shores of Lake TazawaThe statue of a legendary beauty residing on the shores of Lake Tazawa

The Statue of Tatsuko at Lake Tazawa

This bronze statue commemorates a girl who, according to legend, was transformed into a dragon ("tatsu" in Japanese) because she wished for eternal youth and beauty. The statue is on the lakeshore of Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan at 423.4 meters.
(Approximately 30 minutes by bus from JR Tazawako Station)

The river flows through the V-shaped valley.The river flows through the V-shaped valley.

Dakigaeri Valley

Along both sides of the river that runs through Dakigaeri Valley are old-growth trees and cliffs with waterfalls and a unique green color. The area is famous for its green spring growth and fall tree colors.
(Approximately 5 minutes by car from JR Jindai Station)

Many varieties of namahage masksMany varieties of namahage masks

Namahage Museum

The Namahage Museum has exhibits of namahage masks and costumes from Oga. The namahage is a traditional demon-like being. The highlight of the museum exhibit is namahage figures with a wide range of masks that is truly amazing.
(Approximately 15 minutes by car from JR Hadachi Station)

Local Cuisine

Yokote yakisobaYokote yakisoba

Yokote yakisoba

Yakisoba is a dish of the common people that is loved by the Japanese. The Yokote version of this dish is characterized by thick, straight noodles. Served with a runny fried egg on top, this Yokote favorite is served with fukujin-zuke, vegetables picked in soy sauce.

Kiritanpo-nabeKiritanpo-nabe

Kiritanpo-nabe

The kiritanpo is made by mashing cooked rice and then forming it into the shape of a corn dog on a stick. It is then roasted until just slightly golden. Cooked in a soup made with hinai freerange chicken, the resulting kiritanpo-nabe (hot pot) is a special winter attraction of Akita.

Akita sakeAkita sake

Akita sake

Akita Prefecture has the three things required to make sake: rice, water and expert brewers. The climate of Akita is ideal for growing rice with exceptional taste. Also, blessed with quality water flowing in the class A rivers, Akita Prefecture is home to passionate brewers that produce sake of a caliber found only in Akita.

Akita at a Glance

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