Akita (秋田) is the capital of Akita prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Japan‘s Honshu island.

Akita is the largest city in the prefecture, and as such is the hub for transportation, sports, and shopping. Its longitude is about the middle of the prefecture, and so is reachable from both the north and south.

Senshū Park (千秋公園; Senshū Kōen). Senshū Park is a beautiful place to take a walk, especially during the spring season when the cherry blossoms are blooming. The park hosts a replica of Akita Castle, the original having been constructed in 733 AD. For a small admission fee, the lower floors of the castle contain a small museum, and the upper floor provides a panoramic view of the city.

Akarenga-kan Museum (赤れんが郷土館), 大町3丁目3−21, ☎ +81 018 864-6851. This museum, built in 1912, hosts various exhibitions of arts, crafts, and historical materials.

Senshū Museum of Art (千秋美術館; Senshū Bijutsukan), 中通2丁目3−8 (In Atorion Music Hall, south of Senshū Park and west of Akita Station.), ☎ +81 018 836-7860. This museum has Akita-related art on display year-round. From time to time, various exhibitions are here, too.

Akita Prefectural Museum (秋田県立博物館; Akita Kenritsu Hakubutsukan), 金足鳰崎字後山52 (NE of Oiwake Station, east of Kanaashi Agricultural High School.), ☎ +81 018 873-4121‎. This museum has hands-on exhibits on science and history.

Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art (平野政吉美術館; Hirano Masakichi Bijutsukan), 千秋明徳町3−7 (South of Senshū Park, next to the Prefectural Art Museum.), ☎ +81 018 833-5809, [3]. May-Sep 10AM-5:30PM, Oct-Apr 10AM-5PM, closed Mondays, closed Dec 28-Jan 3. This museum, built in 1967, focuses on the works of Tsuguji Foujita. Adults ¥610. …WikiTravel


29 Nov

Ten traditional rituals of Japan featuring people in masks and costumes are expected to be added to the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. (NHK)

21 Nov

The number of licensed private lodgings for tourists in Japan topped 10,000 in early November, but the facilities were concentrated in urban areas, the Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

4 Nov

Missing: A tiny island off Hokkaido. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever so slightly shrinking the country’s territorial waters. (Japan Times)

25 Oct

Ten Japanese traditional rituals featuring people in costumes will be put on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

5 Aug

One of the largest summer festivals in northeastern Japan has started in Akita City, featuring bamboo poles decorated with dozens of lanterns.

25 Jul

Japan’s Defense Ministry has decided to postpone a procedure to deploy a new missile defense system due to opposition from candidate host communities.

24 Jul

The Defense Ministry has newly estimated that the price tag of two land-based missile batteries Japan aims to deploy could cost around ¥400 billion (.6 billion), double the initial quotation, according to a government source. (Japan Times)

25 Jun

Japan Railway companies plan to begin offering free Wi-Fi on all Shinkansen lines during the current fiscal year that ends in March.

19 May

Torrential rain has hit northeastern Japan. The Meteorological Agency is warning of landslides, overflowing rivers and flooding in the region. (NHK)

18 May

We’re no strangers to the power of a good camera. Last year’s 4K introductory video to the San’in region, with its gorgeous foliage and eerily perfect beaches, set an incredibly high standard. Now, Akita-based cinematics company Armadas is here to push that standard doubly high, with eye-searing, gorgeous shots from a number of locales around Japan – in 8K resolution. (Japan Today)

4 May

People in northern Japan have unveiled an Akita puppy, which will be sent to Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova as a gift. (NHK)

23 Apr

Visitors to a park in the city of Hirosaki in northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture have been enjoying the breathtaking sight of about 2,600 blossoming cherry trees. (NHK)

18 Apr

Police have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing to death a 48-year-old woman in a hotel room in Hiroshima City. (Japan Today)

14 Apr

A Japanese government survey shows the country’s population continues to shrink and age. (NHK)

2 Apr

Fans of the Akita dog Wasao will be in for a treat for another year as the canine, who has gained nationwide fame with his unique looks, was reappointed Sunday as “tourism stationmaster” in a town in northeastern Japan. (Japan Times)

14 Mar

A western Japanese city has unveiled a new plan to urge more foreigners to move there to halt the decline in its population. (NHK)

3 Mar

A winter storm continued to batter wide areas of Hokkaido and Tohoku on Friday, leading to the death of one man and significant transportation disruptions. (Japan Times)

2 Mar

Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova says she’s happy to know that she will receive the gift of an Akita dog from Japan. (NHK)

16 Jan

A man was arrested Monday on suspicion of stabbing two men the previous night, one fatally, in what appeared to be random attacks, the police said. (Japan Times)

19 Dec

Japanese authorities have found 2 more bodies beneath one of the 2 wooden boats that washed ashore on the Sea of Japan coast. The vessels are believed to have come from North Korea. (NHK)

15 Dec

Japanese authorities have found 4 bodies in 2 wooden boats that washed ashore on the Sea of Japan coast in Akita City, Akita Prefecture. (NHK)

27 Nov

A wooden boat containing 8 human bodies has been found washed ashore in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan.

27 Nov

Police are investigating a wooden boat that has washed ashore in northeastern Japan. This comes as several boats believed to be from the Korean Peninsula have been found in Akita Prefecture this month. (NHK)

24 Nov

Police in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Akita say they have found 8 men of undetermined nationality and a wooden boat washed ashore. Police say the men claim to have come from North Korea. (NHK)

24 Sep

Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 48-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his common-law wife to death at their residence in Sakai City last week after a dispute about her bulimia-like behavior. The woman’s daughter was also seriously injured in the incident, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)