Best Things To Do in Akita, Japan

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While the Akita Prefecture is a place of great natural beauty, and much spoken of, the city itself does not have much to offer in the way of tourist attractions or things to do. You probably won't be here for more than the weekend. The bulk of the attractions focus on the city's own history, culture and art. These include shrines, geology museums, cultural exhibits and preserved historical homes. The most popular attraction is the Senshu Park, which has the remains of the Kubota Castle inside. There are some nice shopping areas - the Atorion Mall and the Kawabata Street. Try and get a good understanding of the public transport system, and when and where to expect to find them. See if any local taxi driver won’t mind being your travel guide.

Below we have a list of things to do in Akita and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Akita getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Akita with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Akita

Here is the list of things to do in Akita and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Senshu Park

    4.1 (112 Votes)
    Senshu Park

    Museum, Park, Watch Tower, Walking Area

    Once upon a time the Sakate Clan, one of the more powerful samurai families, had a castle at the site of this park. IT was called Kubota Castle. Practically nothing of the castle now remains, but there is a two story gate (through which you enter into the park) and a watchtower on the park's highest elevation - the Osumiyagura Turret . There is a small museum inside the tower, covering the hist...Read more
  2. Michi No Eki

    Landmark, View Point, Tower, Observation Deck

    This is basically a view point. There is an observation area 100 metres above the ground, from where you have terrific views of the city and the ocean. The sleek building creates a strange juxtaposition with its surroundings; the area downtown is sort of shabby looking, and creates a contrasting vibe. The tower is also a prominent landmark in the Japanese TV Drama 'Iris'. On the first floor of ...Read more
  3. Minzoku Geinou Densho-kan

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Exhibition

    It's not often you find a museum dedicated entirely to Japanese style-lanterns. This may be the only one in the world. Most of these lanterns are related to the Kanto Festival. There are video exhibitions on the first and second floor.
  4. Kubota Castle

    3.9 (114 Votes)
    Kubota Castle

    Museum, Watch Tower, Castle, Historical Site

    So this attraction is famous for having nearly nothing to see. The castle USED to be here, but it's gone now, and all that remains is a watchtower, the Sumi Turret. Inside the watchtower is an observation area and a museum. The exhibits are based on the history of the Sakate family of samurai, who were historically 'shamed' for their participation in the losing side of the defining 1600 Sekigah...Read more
  5. Atorion Building

    Museum, Entertainment, Concert, Exhibition

    So this building is sort of multipurpose. There is a Chiaki Museum, a blood donation outfit and a music concert hall. The pipe organ is said to be especially awesome. Other than that there are commercial and entertainment facilities in the building. There is a souvenir shop on the first floor basement, with some great examples of folk art, and it also sells local liqueur. The Akita Senshu Museu...Read more
  6. Akita Akarenga Kyodokan

    3.8 (133 Votes)
    Akita Akarenga Kyodokan

    Art Museum

    This beautiful red brick building of Renaissance exteriors and Baroque interiors used to be the headquarters of the old Akita bank. Most people come to visit it for the gigantic metal safe doors leftover from its banking days. Today, however, it is a museum of folk art, dedicated to two people. The first is KatsuhiraTokushi, a woodblock artist who used to carve scenes of Akita life. And the sec...Read more
  7. Akita Omoriyama Zoo

    Outdoors, Zoo, Picnic Spot

    The zoo is nothing special compared to some of the others you find in Japan, but it's good enough for the city. The fifteen hectares house about 117 species of animals, covered in about 500 specimens. Kids especially love the central tower in the zoo, which has an educational exhibit, and more important, a slide at the top with a fun drop to the bottom. The main animals are flamingos, timber wo...Read more
  8. Kawabata Street

    Streets, Adults

    Running parallel to the Asahi River, Kawabata is the entertainment and red light district of Akita City and Kawabata street is the main highlight of the district. The bustling quarters is highly popular with its countless restaurants, bars, pubs, and sake specialty places. If you are looking for some entertainment, then this is the place to visit. During the night, when the whole city goes to s...Read more
  9. Kaneko House

    Architecture , Heritage Building

    This attraction is worthy simply for its architectural heritage, a townhouse building from the late Edo period. Built in 1887, the building has two components - the main structure and mud-walled storehouse. On top of the building is a feature visitors find somewhat curious - a large water jar. It's a basically a fire-extinguisher! Inside, the rooms and halls are preserved as they would have bee...Read more
  10. Mining Museum Of Akita University

    Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Akita is one of Japan's wealthiest areas as far as natural and mineralogical resources go. This museum has 20000 geological specimens and related artefacts collected over the years of research and mining in the region. Of these, about 3500 items are exhibited. The museum has three floors; one of mineral exhibits, the other for the geological and biological record of the planet, and the third is...Read more
  11. Akita Prefectural Museum

    3.9 (53 Votes)
    Akita Prefectural Museum

    Art And Culture, Art Gallery, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    This is probably the best attraction to start your tour of Akita with. The history of the prefecture is beautifully laid out in six galleries covering different themes of history, nature, culture, and people. The galleries are as follows: Human History Exhibition Hall: Reconstructed dwellings from the Paleolithic period to the modern period. Natural History Exhibition Hall: Fossils, skele...Read more
  12. Tentoku-ji Temple

    3.8 (138 Votes)
    Tentoku-ji Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    Pilgrimages are always fun to hear about, but to undertake whole pilgrimage at a single site is unusual. But that's what this shrine offers - a line of 88 carved Buddhas, each representing one part of the actual Shikoku Pilgrimage. And the benefits that are supposed to accrue from that pilgrimage are apparently just as readily realised at this spot. The temple is a little way out of the city. T...Read more
  13. Miyoshi Shrine

    4.2 (109 Votes)
    Miyoshi Shrine

    Religious Site, Historical Site

    This ancient building is one of Japan's oldest shrines, built in 643 AD. The bulk of its nearly one million annual visitors probably happen along for New Year Celebrations, but the shrine's true devotees tend to be middle aged business men who regularly drop in for a short and silent prayer. Back in the Edo period, the main patrons of the Shrine was the Sakate Clan. Two lion gods guard the seis...Read more
  14. Akita Airport

    3.6 (383 Votes)
    Akita Airport Image
    Akita Airport (Ë0z/, Akita KkkM) is an airport located in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan. It is the only airport in Akita Prefecture and is located approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) from the city center of Akita. The airport is classified as a third class airport by the Japanese government.The airport was opened in March 1959 as a military airfield. In April 1961, the airport was opened to civili...Read more
  15. Tsuru-no-yu Onsen

    4.4 (5 Votes)
    Tsuru-no-yu Onsen

    Leisure, Resort

    Nestled amidst absolute serenity and tranquillity is the rustic Tsuru-no-yuOnsen which is a hot spring resort and dates back to 1638. The resort features four baths with each of them having a different composition. The rooms are straightforward and offer all the basic amenities that you would need to enjoy a comfortable stay. Soaking in the onsen pool outdoors while getting to interact with oth...Read more