Enjoy the Four Seasons in Akita
Akita Prefecture is a prefecture located in the northern Tohoku region, facing the Sea of Japan. It takes about 4 hours to reach Akita Prefecture from Tokyo via the special Akita Shinkansen bullet train line. This prefecture is known for the famously loyal Akita dog, as well as a variety of breathtaking locations such as the Shirakami Mountains, which are a World Heritage Site, the Oga Peninsula with its strange rock formations, and Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan. Other recommended attractions include the town of Kakunodate, also referred to as 'The Little Kyoto of Tohoku', the Akita Kanto festival and the Omagari Fireworks Festival. In addition, the Japanese sake and rice produced in Akita is considered to be more tasty due to how enriching its local water is.
Spring: Cherry blossom-colored Kakunodate
One of the most famous spots for cherry blossoms in Japan is the weeping sakura trees on Bukeyashiki-dori Street in the city of Senboku. It offers a spectacular view of the 400 weeping cherry trees hanging their branches loosely along the blackboard wall of old samurai residences.
Summer: Pray for a good harvest at the Akita Kanto Festival
Participants in the Akita Kanto festival carry poles adorned with up to 200 lanterns with their arms or backs. 10,000 lanterns are gathered together for this festival, creating 'shining rivers' in the towns of Akita, brimming with enthusiasm while lighting up the summer night sky. During the summer, cold Inaniwa udon is recommended to help beat the heat.
Autumn: Relax in the hot springs at Hachimantai and enjoy the beautiful reflection of the crimson maple trees in the swamp.
The autumn season in Akita can be best enjoyed by viewing the spectacular sights of the mountains dyed in the beautiful reds and yellows of fallen autumn leaves while relaxing in the hot springs, and then satisfying your hunger with famous regional cuisine such as Kiritanpo Nabe or Shottsuru Nabe!
Winter: Wonderful winter scenery and the traditional Namahage seasonal events
Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival is a great example of winter events in Akita. In the town of Yokote you can find igloos (kamakura) of many different sizes that are created for this festival. 'Namahage' is another local event where the terrifying appearances of the traditional demons that participants dress up as can even surprise adults!