Akita Prefecture

Historical walks of Akita

Historical walks of Akita As well as Takashimizu Park [the remains of ancient castle] and Senshu Park [the remains of the Edo period castle], Akita has many interesting historic sites. Hie Hachiman Jinja shrine The red three-storied pagoda has such finely detailed craft work that it is even called 'The Nikko shrine of Akita'. Taiheizan Miyoshi Jinja shrine This shrine of a brave god is very...

Introduction to Akita Prefecture

Introduction to Akita Prefecture Profile of Akita Prefecture Located in the northeast part of Honshu Island on the Japan sea side,Akita Prefecture shares the same latitude with Beijing,Madrid and New York.Nestled in steep,high mountains,Akita is bordered on the north by Aomori Prefecture,the east by Iwate Prefecture and on the south by Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures.The Sea of Japan borders Akita...

The festival of AKITA

The festival of AKITA Festivals in Akita, inheriting our tradition in own climate. Kanto Festival, regarded as one of the three major festivals in Tohoku area, and exciting and heroic Port Festival in Tsuchizaki. Kanto Festival Akita's most important summer festival, held from August 4th to 7th. Forty-six lanterns hoisted on the bamboo poles are said to symbolize golden ears of rice and...

Akita castle was built in 733 (Tenpyo 5)

Akita castle was built in 733(Tenpyo 5) Akita Fort, an administrative office to govern the northwestern part of north Japan. Based on the legal code in those days, the central government settled it to include this area to the national system. At that time, buildings built by the central government were symbols flaunting the national power. In addition to political, military, and cultural functions, this...

The scene of the East gate of Akita City

The scene of the East gate of Akita City Close your eyes and imagine the ancient times of the Tenpyou period. People coming and going through the red gate. Are they messengers from the capital, Nara, or guests from Bohai in the Asian continent? The people of Akita castle welcome them. Throughout history, there have been many encounters with different peoples and Akita has experienced times of peace and war...