Guide to tohoku Region

Akita

Akita City is situated in the mid-west of Akita Prefecture with the Dewa Mountains in the east and the Sea of Japan in the west.

You can see the beautiful evening sun setting into the Sea of Japan.

It is one of only a few large cities on the northwest coast of Japan and is an important port and industrial centre.

Although the city dates back to the eight century, the city remains very little of the old city.

The city prospered as the capital of the Satake fief in around the 17th century.

The city and its suburbs are mostly shrouded in green, and the city park with a row of stores and houses along the street is in harmony with nature.

The surrounding area is said to grow the best rice and have exceptionally pure water, making its sake some of the best in the country.

In the city you can find Senshu-koen Park created from the ruins of Kubota Castle, old temples and shrines, wealthy farmers' residences.

There are many places that recall the history of Akita.

On the other hand, you can also find more than a few new cultural key assets, such as the Atrion, multi-purpose facilities, and Port Tower Selion, a symbol tower with a height of 143 meters.

The Akita Kanto is a Japanese festival celebrated from 3-7 August in Akita city,Akita Prefecture in hope for a good harvest.Around two hundred bamboo poles five to twelve meters long,bearing twenty-four or forty-six lanterns, topped with gohei, weighing up to fifty kilograms,are carried through the streets by night on the palms, foreheads, shoulders, or lower backs of the celebrants.

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