Japan Hachiman Akita Shrine Senshu Park
Located near Akita Station, Senshu Park is packed with local history and culture. Explore Akita Hachiman Shrine, a sanctuary devoted to Shinto, Japan's native religion. Climb the ramparts at Kubota Castle, once home to the Satake samurai clan. In spring, the park explodes with blossoms on hundreds of cherry trees.
Japan Akita Namahage Ogres Family Oral Tradition Folklore
Fans of modern art and architecture shouldn't miss the Akita Museum of Art, designed by Tadao Ando with a second-story reflecting pool that seems to float above Senshu Park. The nearby Akarenga Museum is a charming folk museum housed in an elegant red brick bank building that dates to 1912.
Sake, also known as nihonshu, is one of Japan's most beloved drinks and Akita produces some of the best in Japan. Takashimizu Sake Brewery downtown offers tours showing how sake is made and sells bottles in its gift shop. Reservations are essential.
Kiritanpo is an Akita specialty consisting of rice mashed into cylinders and toasted over a charcoal fire. It's usually served as dumplings in a hot pot or with sweet miso paste. Many izakaya Japanese-style pubs around Akita Station serve it.
Akita Citizens' Market is where locals go to buy everything from fresh salmon to strawberries. You can make your own donburi — a bowl of rice topped with seafood — by choosing slices of sashimi at different stalls. Be sure to check out the traditional masks on display at many of the local shops.
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