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


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18 Jun

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13 Jun

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28 Apr

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1 Apr

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