Discover the Magic of Akita at the Kanto Summer Festival!

Akita (秋田) is a prefecture famous for its rice, beautiful women, and its annual summer event, the Kanto Festival (竿燈祭り), which is held every year to pray for a good rice harvest. Let’s find out more about this incredibly fun event! Kanto Festival Akita City in Akita Prefecture is located in Japan’s northwest region called…

Which Area in Japan is Famous for the most Beautiful Women?

Bijin means beautiful women in Japanese and it is believed that there are many bijins in Akita. So because of this, the word Akita bijin usually comes to mind when Japanese people think of Akita and here’s why. Why are Akita women considered bijin? More than other prefectures, Akita is believed to have the highest…

A Hidden Paradise for Manga Lovers in Akita: Yokote Masuda Manga Museum!

Akita prefecture is very famous for its landscapes, seascapes, hot springs, and cultural and historical feats such as the Kamakura Festival and the well-maintained vintage backdrops along samurai districts. However, there is one hidden paradise in Akita that was established about twenty years ago for manga enthusiasts – the Yokote Masuda Manga Museum. commons.wikimedia.org/ A…

Did You Know There Is a Lake in Japan That Doesn’t Freeze?

Lake Tazawa is known to not freeze in the dead of winter! Famous at this lake is also the golden statue of Tatsuko Hime which was erected in 1968. The lake and statue have been featured in IRIS, which is a South Korean action and spy drama. Read on to find out the story behind…

Chill Out at These 3 Hot Spring Hotels in Akita

In the deep mountains of the Tazawa Kogen plateau in Akita Prefecture, lie a collection of onsen ryokans (Japanese-style hotels) known as “Nyuto Onsen.” It is simply the perfect place to enjoy the forest scenery while socialising and enjoying traditional Japanese meals. Plus, you get to relax in the natural hot springs that are constantly…

Watch a Race to the Shrine at the Bonden Festival in Akita!

Have you ever seen a “bonden” before? It is a 10-foot tall bamboo figure often relating to the animal of the year. It is considered to be a sacred wand which marks the descending of the gods into the human world. You can see a lot of this during the Bonden Festival in Akita Prefecture…

Visit Majestic Igloos at Yokote Kamakura Festival in Akita

Akita Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of Japan. It is rectangular in shape and, like much of northern Japan, has very cold winters, particularly away from the sea. During winter, everything is covered with pure white snow and the air is very clear. zekkeijapan.com/ There are also noticeable traditional snow houses which you…

A Trip to the Past: Visit a Samurai Town

Many people know of the samurai, the nobility of the military in medieval Japan. Lots of people find themselves fascinated with these icons of the Japanese past. Today, you can still experience a bit of this rich past. bugfox.net/ The history of Samurai Originally, samurai were known as bushi or buke. The word samurai first…

Discover the Magic of Northern Japan – Akita!

Have you ever heard of Akita Prefecture? travel.biglobe.ne.jp/ Akita prefecture lies in northern Japan. Akita prefecture’s foods seagreen.co.jp/ Akita prefecture’s rice is very famous in all of Japan, rice brand name is “Akita komachi”. “Akita komachi” is considered to be a top rice brand in Japan. You can buy “Akitakomachi” at supermarkets or at rice…
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