Akita is located at the coast of Sea of Japan in the northern part of the Tohoku Region. The prefectural capital is Akita City with a population of around 300,000 people. The rectangular shaped prefecture is famous for its hot springs and natural beauty of surrounding mountains and the sea.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Akita.
Nyuto Onsen is a collection of seven onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) located in the beautiful Towada-Hachimantai National Park. The oldest inn is Tsurunoyu, with a history of over 300 hundred years. The name Nyuto Onsen, "nipple onsen" in English, is taken from the shape of the nearby Mount Nyuto. Depending on the ryokan the hot spring water varies from cloudy/milky to crystal clear. Many of the ryokan also feature konyoku (mixed gender) baths, but also offers gender segregated bathing areas as well.
Buses run from Tazawako Station to Nyuto Onsen every hour, with a one way trip taking about 50 minutes. The bus stops near most ryokan except for Tsurunoyu, Magorokuyu and Kuroyu.
The Kanto Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of the Tohoku Region. In English translating to "pole lantern festival", the festival is held every year from August 3 to 6 in Akita City. Beside the drumming and flute playing, the highlight of the festival is watching the performers showing of their skill in balancing kanto poles. Long bamboo poles with rows of paper lanterns attached to them. The largest poles measures 12 meters and carry as many as 46 paper lanterns and weighting up to 50 kilograms.
The Kanto Matsuri is concentrated in central Akita City, with Night Parades held along the Chuo Dori street. Located a short 15 minute walk from Akita Station. Daytime events are held at the Agora Plaza, only 5 minutes from Akita Station.