Japan Akita Sakura Tree Cherry Blossom
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Cruise to Akita, Japan

Akita City is a bustling port in northern Japan where good food and good drinks are essential for weathering the long winters and over 3.6 metres of snow a year. Akita is the capital of Akita Prefecture, which is renowned for Akita dogs, high-quality rice and sake, and lively folk festivals. Revellers in traditional attire often greet cruise ships by balancing lantern-laden bamboo poles, which are part of the summer Kanto Festival. Look out for people dressed up as namahage ogres, too. You can explore this rich culture in the city's parks, historic buildings and cultural attractions.
National Language Japanese
Currency Accepted Japanese Yen (JPY)

Things To Do in Akita

Japan Hachiman Akita Shrine Senshu Park

A Walk in the Park

Japan Hachiman Akita Shrine Senshu Park

Japan Hachiman Akita Shrine Senshu Park

A Walk in the 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

Museums Old and New

Japan Akita Namahage Ogres Family Oral Tradition Folklore

Japan Akita Namahage Ogres Family Oral Tradition Folklore

Museums Old and New

Fans of modern art and architecture shouldn't miss the Akita Museum of Art, designed by Tadao Ando with a second-storey 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.

Japan Sake Alcohol Hot Beverage
Japan Sake Alcohol Hot Beverage

Here's to Brew

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 in the city centre offers tours showing how sake is made and sells bottles in its gift shop. Reservations are essential.

Japan Akita Kiritanpo Nabe Rice Stick Hot Pot
Japan Akita Kiritanpo Nabe Rice Stick Hot Pot

Local Cuisine

Kiritanpo is an Akita speciality 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.

Japanese Traditional Masks Local Artisans Crafts
Japanese Traditional Masks Local Artisans Crafts

Shopping

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.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Tipping is not customary in Japan, but look out for the blanket 10% sales tax. You may be able to find tax-free sales promotions in some small shops.
2 Smaller restaurants, cafes and bars may not accept credit cards, so be sure to always have enough yen to hand.

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