The capital city of the Akita Prefecture has been settled for thousands of years. It wasn't a capital city then, of course, but the Jizoden remains are one of the area's foremost archaeological sites. The early medieval tribes, the Emishi, were united when the Akita Castle was built in the 8th century. The Sakate Clan, which gained power during the Edo period, suffered great shame for being on the losing side of the Sekigahara Battle against the alliances of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The prefecture was officially established in the Meiji period. Much of the city's heritage was lost in a town wide fire in 1886. The city grew under the influence of oil drilling operations and financial market emergence. During WWII, this was one of the last cities bombed before Japan surrendered. In 1973, the city was the site of a famous Marian apparition.
Today, it is still heavily agriculture, forestry and mining dependent for its economy. All the sightseeing happens in the lands outside of the city.
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