Akita Prefecture is situated in the north-eastern part of the Japanese main land, east of the Sea of Japan, flowing rivers, and expanses of fertile farmland. Majestic mountain ranges, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Shirakami - Sanchi Mountains, surround the northern, southern, and eastern sides and make for incredible views.

The city has a medieval past, but today it offers up a young, energetic spirit with its year-round festivals and street parades. There is also a prosperous art community, including several fine art museums and the Kakunodate Samurai District, showcasing the samurai way of life.

Shrines, temples, and stunning waterfalls are all close to the city and provide a wonderful escape. Akita will have you feeling at one with nature and is the perfect place to decompress.

Lake Tazawa

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Mountains along Lake Tazawa in Akita Japan

Lake Tazawa

This natural beauty is the deepest lake in Japan and, because of its depth, never freezes. An expansive mountain range surrounds the lake giving it a mystic quality. Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, boating, or a lakeside picnic, this highlight is a must.

Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage Property

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A Japanese serow, a type of woodland goat found in Japan.

Shirakami-Sanchi World Heritage Property

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the last and best relic of the cool-temperate beech forests that once covered northern Japan. It is also home to the serow, a goat-like animal, and 87 species of birds.

Kakunodate Samurai District

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Kakunodate Samurai Village in Akita Japan

Kakunodate Samurai District

This well-preserved samurai district that once housed about 80 families now showcases samurai lifestyle. Some of these building are centuries old and have been conserved as small museums, craft shops, and cafes. If you happen to visit during spring, the cherry trees will be in full blossom, a beautiful sight to behold.

Akita, Japan At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 35°19'4.44"N 136°54'13.49"E
Size: 906.00 KM2 (349.81 MI2)
Population: 323,600
Density: 357 Pop/KM2 (138 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 188

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