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.   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. The history of Samurai Originally, samurai were known as bushi or buke. The word samurai first appeared…

Discover the Magic of Northern Japan – Akita!

Have you ever heard of Akita Prefecture? Akita prefecture lies in northern Japan. Akita prefecture’s foods 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 shops in…

Mt. Chokai – The Fujisan of Tohoku

Are you an avid mountain climber or someone looking for a fun challenge? Looking for a good day climb up a beautiful mountain side? Look no further than Mt. Chokai, also known as the “Fujisan of Tohoku” due to its symmetrical shape when viewed from Akita. Mt. Chokai is a 2,236 meter (7,336 foot) tall…

Come to the Top Fireworks Competition in Japan!

Summer in Japan means heat, humidity, and summer festivals, where you are sure to see a fireworks display. Japanese fireworks shows differ from American displays. The biggest difference is that in Japan they are usually set to music and often tell a story. It is very artistic. If Japanese-style fireworks are interesting, you need to…

Enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in Kakunodate, Akita

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a key piece of spring time in Japan. People spend all winter looking forward to the trees having beautiful pink blossoms that fall to the ground like snow. In addition, the warmer weather makes picnics and walks in the park possible. It is truly a magical time. While places such…