Akita is historically famous for the Kakunodate Samurai Residences, offering a walk in the shoes of the samurai life. Today, Akita celebrates the Kanto Festival, one of the three largest summer festivities in Tohoku, where pole bearers balance lanterns, displaying strength, balance, and grace. Outside the fringes of society are Nyuto Onsen-kyo and Lake Towada, both remarkably beautiful in their own ways, with serene nature, traditional Japanese inns, hot spring resorts, camping grounds, and more.
Preserved historic Samurai residences from the Edo era standing by stunning cherry blossom trees nestled in Akita.
Hot springs accessible by inns are sprinkled at the foot of Nyuto Mountain within the Towada Hachimantai National Park.
The Akita Kanto Festival is a display of strength, balance, and endurance as participants stroll with poles holding up to 46 paper lanterns.
Created from volcanic activity from as early as 55,000 years ago, Lake Towada was developed during the end of the Edo era.