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  • ggm
    Honolulu, HI1,452 contributions
    Swirling snow on a dark landscape,
    Nothing blooms, the trees sleep,
    Tied against the weight of snow.
    No better time to enjoy it alone.
    Written 15 February 2020
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  • scubamammaMilton
    Milton, Canada165 contributions
    This festival was exhilarating and amazing to watch! We went without any reservations and staked out a spot about an hour before the parade with all the locals. (we were on a cruise)- I would recommend "borrowing" a towel to sit on during the parade as that cement was still HOT at dusk! There is absolutely no need to reserve a seat in the middle of the route- in fact it was lovely to be able to see the performance from different vantage points. You need to see it to experience it - the drums beating, the lanterns being hoisted... and even falling ! Truly breathtaking to behold.
    Written 25 August 2019
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  • TassieTripping
    Hobart, Australia546 contributions
    When I visited there was a free exhibition on the ground floor by local artists - Akita Fine Artists Association. The building itself was of interest itself and had been funded by Masaki Hirani and holds many works by Tsuguharu Foujita. The latter painted and drew in Paris, and parts of North and South America. There were many different styles and sizes of work, the biggest of which was a huge mural (about 3.5 x 20.5 metres) - Events of Akita. The exhibition was enjoyable and the view from the museum shop/cafe was also intriguing. No photographs were allowed unfortunately but there were some postcards of his work.
    Written 31 October 2018
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  • MarkKwok
    Vancouver129 contributions
    There are videos and a demo by a pro to balance the lantern poles. Visitors are invited to give the activity a try, with a relatively smaller pole. It was rather fun. It's a good experience to see these poles up front and appreciate how hard it is to balance the large ones.
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • AndraYo
    Tokyo, Japan1,271 contributions
    We went by car and had a very hard time finding it. Even went in the wrong building. But everyone was helpful and pointed us in the right direction. The view was amazing! Nothing else like it in this area.
    Very clean and plentiful Marer's Market. We bought black bean miso, IBURI GAKKO (smoked pickles), HASUKAPU sorbets and other local delicacies.
    Written 6 September 2016
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  • Gringo999
    Norwich, UK150 contributions
    There isn't much to do in Akita Port, unless you're joining a cruise ship or fishing from the dock, but the Selion Tower is well worth a visit, whiz up to the top floor and enjoy the 360 degree view of the harbour, city and sea, there is a small café on the top floor, and a larger café a couple of floors lower down...
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • TassieTripping
    Hobart, Australia546 contributions
    Designed locally and originally the Akita bank (til 1969), the building had very high ceilings and plenty of marble and woodwork to marvel at. The two exhibitions - by two metal work and wood cut artists were enjoyable, particularly the latter which gave insight into the local scenery, everyday life and celebrations. Some very good postcard sets of some of the woodcuts were available.
    Written 31 October 2018
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  • scv50
    Sudbury, Canada53 contributions
    There is not much left of the actual castle but one tower was restored and gives a fantastic view of Akita City. There are also some maps and models of the castle on the second floor. It’s in the NW corner of Senshu Park so if you visit there don’t miss it. There is an elevator to the top for those with mobility issues.
    Written 4 August 2018
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  • Theresa S
    Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
    For those who wants to take bus to Our Lady of Akita:
    Just remember to board the bus at the rear door & after that, take the ticket from the machine inside the bus.
    Before alighting check your fare by matching the number issued on your ticket to the fare information digital board (located above the driver seat).
    When alighting, deposit ticket along with the fare in the fare box located at the front of the bus. ¥1000 note is accepted for any change if required.

    Buses leave aprox every 20-30 min from Akita West Entrance Bus Stop 12.
    #352 Nibetsu Line (Destination: Forest Study Center)
    #361 Akita Hot Spring Line (Destination: Yomogida Kamicho 蓬田上丁)
    #353 Nibetsu Line (Destination: Forest Study Center)

    Bus Route (Journey time aprox 20 min)
    Akita Station West Entrance Bus stop 12 - SenshuKubotaMachi - MeitokuES -
    TegataYamazaki - Sumiyoshicho - TegataKyukaMachi - HigashiJHS - TanakIriguchi - Karamiden - Ogiden - AsahiES - ShinToda - AsahikawaDanchi - KojoenIriguhi - KojoenNiChome - OnsenIriguchi - KeidaiKawara - Soekawa - SoekawaKamicho - Yuzawa 湯沢 (alight after freeway flyover) 19 stops
    One way fare ¥380.

    It is a 20 min walk uphill from Yuzawa Bus Stop. Just look for the church signboard & follow it.

    Seitai Hoshikai/Our Lady of Akita Open Hours:
    Apri-Nov 0900-1130 & 1300-1630
    Dec-Mar 1000-1130 & 1300-1630. Wed Afternoon mass in Japanese
    Main Chapel: Statue of Jesus, Left hall: Wood Statue of St Mary in Tears, Right hall: Statue of St. Joseph.
    Garden of Mary, Outdoor Station of the Cross is a beautiful place for reflection. Unfortunately too cold to spend outdoor due to heavy snowfall when we visited.
    Not your typical Catholic church building. Structure is very Japanese and serene.

    Return take the bus opposite the road that you had earlier alighted.
    Lookout for a Small hut (bus shelter) with a Pole that has a blue, yellow, red round plate at the top & rectangle bus schedule plates.
    #361 Akita Hot Spring Line. (Destination: Akita Station) (20 stops & the fare is ¥380).
    #353 Nibetsu Line (Destination: Akita Station) (20 stops & the fare is ¥380).
    #210 Soekawa Line (Destination: Akita Station) (27 stop & the fare is ¥460).
    Written 3 January 2020
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China794 contributions
    The renovated station is very modern looking, well decorated and pretty. There is a large waiting room for train passengers. Topico is this new building just adjacent to the station entrance. The first two floors are full of food and souvenirs. The restaurants are on the third floor. A perfect shopping place for visitors and locals.
    Written 18 November 2019
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  • dkailuahi
    Niigata Prefecture, Japan10 contributions
    This is a small house, however is included with your ticket to the Kanto Festival Exhibit. I personally enjoy seeing the history of old Japan and this house lets you see the architecture used in the past. It's very inexpensive to enter and the staff are extremely friendly.
    Written 13 August 2016
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  • Sean O
    Tokyo, Japan8 contributions
    Can't beat the price! Sure, the zoo doesn't necessarily have the most impressive collection of animals, but you sure get lots of value for the money!
    Written 29 July 2018
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  • Sean O
    Tokyo, Japan8 contributions
    Fancy a trip back to 8th-century Japan? Then there are few sites as undisturbed as Akita Castle (really more of a walled fort/bureaucratic center, as the word 'jo' didn't yet refer to castles at the time). You can even see what is considered to be Japan's first 'flush toilet' (!), and the inexpensive museum attached to the archaeological site is great as well. The only downside? It's located in an out-of-the-way corner of Akita city...and split by a modern road! (The construction of said road is how the site was accidentally discovered, in fact.)
    Written 29 July 2018
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  • HotEarth
    Melbourne, Australia692 contributions
    This market is quite well hidden away about two streets behind the covered shopping mall. Furthermore it is not obvious that it is a market if one doesn't know Japanese as the front of the market has several restaurants. The market has segregated dry food and vegetables section and a wet seafood plus meat section. At my visit I did find that some seafood stalls do sell Akita oysters for direct consumption to visitors.

    This hidden treasure is a good place to visit.

    It is definitely an interesting market to visit.
    Written 20 August 2017
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  • Vyra Tyra
    Hanoi, Vietnam22 contributions
    The Super-Komachi Shinkansen!

    It is indeed one of the more striking shinkansen to ever exist, the other will be Hayabusa.

    The interior was relatively smaller than most shinkansen. It has only 4 seats compared to the usual 5 seats.

    The main attraction for the Super-Komachi is when it connects with the Hayabusa at Morioka Station. Do catch it!
    Written 12 November 2019
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