Akita Things to Do
Akarenga (red-brick) house
The Akarenga (red-brick) house was built as the headquarters of the former Akita Bank in the late Meiji period. It is a renaissance building with baroque style interior. The whole building has been preserved and is open to the public.
The Kanto Festival is one of the top three festivals held annually in Northern Japan.
Neburinagashi Kan is a museum of Kanto Festival, that you can see floats for the Kanto Festival, Bonden Festival and Tuchizaki Port Festival.
There is performance of Kanto every weekend between April 18 and October 25. You also can try to bring 'Kanto' (a long bamboo pole with many lighted lanterns).
Visit the Marian Shrine
As a Catholic, it is one of the significant destination that tested my faith. Getting around Japan outside the main cities is a challege especially when English is almost unheard of.
I went there in winter-time and yet the warmth and hospitality of the nuns radiated through me. Hearing mass in Japanese is a feat but nonetheless comforting. I can't wait to have another chance to return to Akita.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
Traveling through the Tohoku region can be as rewarding as it is frustrating. The area certainly holds many hidden delights but they remain troublesome to get to. Actually many locals will be ill informed of what their town has to offer and it will taking some real sleuthing to discover the wonders of this area.
With that being said, to truly explore this area it would be wise to rent a car and travel on your own. Public transportation is spotty at best and will only get to the very major tourist spots in this area, usually in an untimely fashion as well. In addition, tour groups are even worse at directing people to really amazing sites in this area, which why most Japanese have an unfavorable view of this area.
Certainly if you’ve decided to visit the Tohoku area it is out of a desire to see a hidden and out of the way part of Japan. Really go for it and explore the area with vigor and independence.
(I have posted this tip on all my pages in the Tohoku area so as to reach a larger group of people. The multiple reproductions are not a mistake.)