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.
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.