Now, this is the centerpiece of all the Samurai houses. AOYAGI SAMURAI HOUSE, also know as the AOYAGI SAMURAI MANOR MUSEUM is one of the best preserved architectural beauties of its kind in Japan. The estate features the Main House, the Armory, the Seiryu-an Gallery, the Akita Folk Museum, the Samurai Tools & Utensils Museum & a beautiful garden....more
Enjoy this beautiful lake on a cruise boat, cycling around its scenic shores or skiing in Winter.A breathtaking experience!LAKE TAZAWA (TAZAWAKO) (423.4m): Deepest crater lake with a circumference of about 20 km. Tazawako is the 2nd most transparent lake in Japan. The plateau by the lake is a resort with many hot springs & a ski resort. TAZAWAKO...more
THE ODANO NAOTAKE STATUE.Odano Naotake (1749-80) was a Kakunodate-born samurai & a remote relative of the Aoyagi clan. He became famous when he created anatomical illustrations with western techniques which he learned from Hiraga Gennai. 'Kaitai Shinsho' - the first translation of a Dutch book on anatomy in Japan published in 1774 won him the...more
The Autumn is a great time to be in Japan. I have always enjoyed Autumn somehow; possibly, because I was born in this season. Whatever the reason, I think the different colors found in both the gardens & the mountains are a joy to remember by! I simply love Autumn, especially in Canada & Japan! The maple leaves & the momiji are spectacular in this...more
A Japanese well in one of the Samurai houses. Just a random thought... we are so lucky these days that we don't even question the daily conveniences of electricity, water & microwaving our food anymore. Lots of times, we take for granted that life will either remain at today's comfort level or is going to improve further. It was not so long ago...more
KAKUNODATE is essentially a small town between Akita & Morioka on the Akita Shinkansen Route. From Kakunodate JR Station, take a leisure stroll for about 10 mins & you'd soon be brought back in time for about 400 years to the days when the Samurais reigned. As in the accompanying pix, one can feel the different era in Japanese history by just...more
2-2-26 Nakadori, Akita shi, Akita ken, Akita, Akita Prefecture, 010-0001, Japan
Good for: Couples
2-3-1 Naka-dori, Akita, Akita Prefecture, 010-0001, Japan
Good for: Families
3-23 Senshukubota-machi, Akita, Akita Prefecture, 010-0874, Japan
Good for: Couples
Local Specialties in Akita:Kiritampo Stew: Typical local dish made of rice produced in Akita. Newly harvested rice is boiled, shaped around cedar skewers, roasted over a charcoal fire & simmered in broth with mushrooms, vegetables & chicken. Best eaten in autumn.
Shottsuru-Kayaki Stew: A special stew where white fish, mushroom & vegetables are simmered in a broth made from salted raw fish which is fermented in a barrel.
Inaniwa Noodles: Handmade noodles from high quality flour which is kneaded & rolled & then hung over a bar where it stretches further.
To get to each city take the Komachi (name of the bullet train) on the Tohoku Shinkansen (route).
Japan Rail - Komachi: JREast.co.jp.
To get to each destination (eg. Lake Tazawa), take the local bus. If possible, please check the timetables one day in advance. As this is a remote part of Japan, there're not too many regular buses. One can either check it with any JR Stations or call up & ask. Most JR Stations have the schedules of the entire JR network of routes. Incredibly efficient! Your job is only to convey your queries in Japanese (except for big cities stations like Tokyo, Sendai, Kyoto or Osaka). Good Luck :)
KAWATSURA LACQUERWARE: Originated during the Kamakura Era & developed as daily utensils. Also designated as traditional craft of Japan.A refined & high quality lacquerware but very expensive, as can bee seen from the photo. A bowl can easily costs as much as US$50-US$500.more
BINOKUNI AKITA NET: Pref.Akita.jp.
AKITA CITY: City.Akita.jp.
JAPAN TRAVEL: TokyoClassified.com.
At the basement level of ATORION BUILDING on Hiro-Koji Street there's a huge store which carries local crafts & products from Akita. Check out its souvenirs, local snacks & sake; very impressive range of local made products.