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Do You Know What “Namahage” Is? Find Out at This Museum in Akita, Japan!

If the Western culture has a trick or treat custom wherein kids dress up in scary costumes to play a prank or receive sweets from house owners, in Japan, particularly in Akita Prefecture, grown men in frightful demon masks will come knocking on your door. This is called the Namahage visit. It used to take…

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. A Hidden…

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…

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…

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…

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…