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Akita Dining at Kamakura-ya

Japanese chicken hot pot cuisine Entrance to the izakaya Restaurant Entrance by Night Chicken yakitori skewer dressed in sweet soy sauce private dining room facilities in the "kamakura" Great view of chef at work from the counter It is amazing how closely food and folklore is intertwined in Akita culture. The Kanto Matsuri, which fills…

Akita Mountain Honey

Mountains of honey all for sale. Welcome to the Mountain Honey Shop! The Mountain Honey Shop. Of course the Silly Old Bear has his own section of the shop! Bees and a flower decorate the entrance. A real beehive. Mountains of honey all for sale. Japanese sweets, I have found, have had the perfect balance…

Akita to Aomori by Resort Shirakami

The train pulls into Akita Station on winter's day. Extra large viewing windows line the sides of the train. Even the regular class seats feature great views and spacious walkways with plenty of leg room. Separate booths are also available for those who desire more privacy. Rural village scenery. Great views of the Sea of…

Farmers & Fishmongers Market Akita

The fish markets are abuzz with activity even at mid morning Fishmonger at the Akita Citizen Market one of the largest north of Tsukiji There are several aisles of fishmonger stalls at the Akita Citizen Market one of the largest north of Tsukiji Vegetable Stalls with staff Fish by the month Freshly made Pork Dumplings…

Goshono's Aeon

Don't forget your Japanese character goodies, like Rilakuma! The central court area hosts festivities and balloon art throughout the seasons. Pet City is great for a quick cheer up to your day. Look what I found at Village Vanguard!! Keep an eye out for buy one get one free scoops at Baskin Robbins. The Daiso…

Hinaiya Chicken Restaurant

Oyakodon - the iconic chicken and egg rice dish of Japan Kiritanpo hot pot nabe Oyako donburi set Sometimes we come across products that are more popular overseas than at home. For example, Bossa Nova, one of the most beautiful music genres, is wildly popular around the world, and highly respected in the music community,…

Kagura Restaurant at Hotel Richmond

Grilled Saury is an autumn staple from Akita to Tokyo Akita is famous for Chicken hot pot cuisine, such as the kiritanpo nabe with Hinai jidori chicken Modern interior with clean lines. How do I eat this fish? All those tiny bones, I need to make sure that I don’t choke myself! The people in…

Inaniwa Udon & Factory Tour

Yum! Inaniwa Factory cooked over charcoal stove For noodle lovers, I bet the first dish you would try in Japan would be Sanuki udon, Shinshu soba, Sapporo Ramen or Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen. Most people would pick one of these four. What else? Nagasaki chanpon, Nagoya kishimen or Yokote Yakisoba. I am sure there are quite…

Izakaya Kuidoraku

Delicious Yakisoba Tables at Izakaya Kuidoraku: Set, and waiting for customers The counter One of Akita Prefecture’s local foods is Yakisoba. Just imagine fried thick, square chopped wheat noodles with cabbage and ground pork, garnished with pickled vegetables in soy sauce and topped with a half-fried egg. Mouth watering! If you’re traveling around Akita Prefecture, I…

JR Kakunodate Station Akita

Kakunodate Station in Japanese Kanji Script rest area with wooden interior JR Kakunodate cherry blossom painting on the wall Kakunodate Press rickshaw on display The gateway to the Samurai village, JR Kakunodate Station is located on the Akita Shinkansen Line. It takes around 2 hours to get to Kakunodate from Tokyo Station on the Akita Shinkansen.…

JR Omagari Station, Akita

Omagari Station in Akita Prefecture has a white matchstick like facade JR Omagari Shinkasen waiting at Omagari Station in Akita Prefecture Omagari Station in Akita Prefecture Fireworks on the ground Interesting revolving seats at Omagari Station in Akita Prefecture Omagari hosts the biggest fireworks festival in Japan, and the gateway to this festival on the…

Akita's Kawabata Dori

One of the countless restaurants Old movie posters Salaryman eating in a restaurant Cafes and clubs Empty old bottles on display in a restaurant Deserted alleys Akita cuisine is unique and widely popular in Japan. It is said that water here is of very high quality, a reason why people come from near and far…

Kawabata Street

Kawabata Street is a 15 minute stroll from Akita railway station, which is transformed into a winter wonderland. Tuna belly sashimi paired with Sake is an Akita luxu Salarymen at a stand up ramen bar Once upon a time the folk in the capital romanticized about a distant land deep in the North, which they…

Kiritanpoya Restaurant

The warm lamps inside create a great atmosphere The front of the restaurant The atrium, note the fake fireflies in the rice The kiritanpo cooking on the hot embers Explaining the history of Kiritanpo Preparing the first bowl of nabekko Akita is home of high quality rice and water. Local cuisine that utilise these ingredients…

Mugendo Omachi Honten

Cosy personal room in the restaurant Kashiwa Tendon at Mugendo Omachi Honten Akita City Great noodles at Mugendo Omachi Honten Akita City. Yummy Kiritampo rice stick with miso at Mugendo Omachi Honten Akita City Ebi Shrimp Tempura at Mugendo Omachi Honten Akita City Hanahata (Sandfish) at Mugendo Omachi Honten Akita City Cosy personal room in…

Orae Lakeside Restaurant

Pork ginger is healthy home style cuisine. Iris, a Korean television drama, has a scene set here. Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Hae makes most of the scenic view by the window with some local craft beer. Try a number of craft beers inspired by German techniques and local ingredients, such as Kohan no…

Orae Waterfront Restaurant

Orae is a comfortable country style restaurant Delicious and healthy meals such as ginger pork are featured here A selection on in house beer awaits your selection Browse in the in house shop Delicious meals in a country atmosphere Orae has an airy light filled atmosphere Orae looks like an Swedish cafe with blonde country…

Sato Yosuke Udon Restaurant, Yokote

The entrance indicates a traditional interior A little unusual but very useful to see if someone is on the other side Tempura and hot udon noodles Tempura and cold udon A tatami room inside the store house Pictures of previous owners Sato Yosuke is a chain of udon restaurants that originated in Akita, featuring a…

Tazawako Mountain Harvest Cafe

Yama no Sachi is the Japanese name of this quiet waterfront cafe Simple decor and homely cooking makes this place very easy to relax Even on a cloudy day the view of the lake and mountains is magnificent. Homemade curry rice Elegant tea cup with nature motifs Tables number 3 and 4 have a great view…

Tazawako Station

Tazawako Station is at the foot of a mountain scattered with onsen Tazawako Station is at the foot of a mountain scattered with onsen Tazawako Station with paper streamers reminescent of Tanabata Tazawako Station is at the foot of a mountain scattered with onsen Tazawako Station is at the foot of a mountain scattered with…

The Akita Nairiku Line in Winter

Samurai residence in Kakunodate The snowy streets of Kakunodate Omatagawa Bridge The Omata river Approaching a tunnel on the Akita Nairiku Line The Akita dog themed Moriyoshi Express There is no better way to see Japan up close than through the window of a slow moving train on a rural line. The shinkansen "bullet trains"…

Tokyo to Akita by Super Komachi

Super Komachi sitting and waiting to burst off The interior of the Super Komachi the Super Komachi between Akita and Tokyo Swinging seats on the Super Komachi between Akita and Tokyo On opposing sides after the switch Little hidden hooks Cup holders for your drink? The Super Komachi Shinkansen bullet train entered service in 2013.…

Topico Department Store Akita

Topico Department Store JR Akita Station The Confectionery counter at Topico Department Store JR Akita Station Namahage plush toy kirimtampo Three floors of shopping at Topico Department Store JR Akita Station There´s a Guiness book for records certificate here at Topico Department Store JR Akita Station Say hi to Namahage at Topico Department Store JR…

Yamagata to Akita by Train

Slow or fast? Chokai mountain Rural japan In this area all the houses have black roofs The bay at Jūroku Rakan Iwa Jūroku Rakan Iwa One of the 22 sculptures The train trundles goes from one station to the next. Farmers and shopkeepers return home after a long day at work and young students talk…

Yamaya Ryokan's Noodle Shop

Delightful family trinkets decorate this simple eatery This family run noodle shop serves authentic comfort food, Akita style Kakunodate sometimes feels like an Alpine village, with old wooden period houses and costumed dancers Kakunodate is known as the “Little Kyoto” of Akita Prefecture in Japan’s north, or Tohoku. Its preserved Samurai houses exemplify traditional Japanese…

A Stroll Along Aomori Bay

The A-shaped Aomori Prefecture Tourist Center ASPAM The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum Memorial Ship Hakkoda-Maru The A-Factory, underneath Aomori Bay Bridge Lines of local market produce inside the A-Factory Amazing Nebuta Festival floats in Wa rasse Nebuta Museum Aomori City, the capital of the Aomori Prefecture in the north of Japan, faces Mutsu Bay to the north, and…

Aji no Sapporo Onishi: Curry Ramen

Serving up one of Aomori's more modern soul foods, Aji no Sapporo Onishi offers up a unique ramen dish unlike any other – Miso Curry Milk Ramen. While soy sauce / niboshi (dried sardine) ramen typically dominates up in the Aomori region, owner Onishi-san provides a twist on the familiar Sapporo-style that originates across the…

Anzu Izakaya in Hirosaki

Apple juice, pickles, kaiyakimiso The jamisen player gets ready to start his performance Lanterns The atmospheric interior Cider and Hirosaki Igamenchi Sake cups and glasses When I arrived in Hirosaki, one of the things I found at the tourist office was a little leaflet called 'Eight local culinary specialties', with information about a range of…

Aomori Airport

Snowy Aomori Airport Baggage Claim Area The airport puts you in close proximity to all that Aomori City has to offer Aomori Prefecture sits at the very top of Honshu, Japan's largest island. The prefecture is accessible from Tokyo via the Hayabusa Shinaksen, with the journey taking around three hours - but if you want…

JR East Aomori Station

There are beautiful views from the overhead walkway JR East Aomori Station Clear signage and information boards making visiting this station a breeze Each platform is nice and wide ensuring you can transfer or exit easily A large overhead walkway connects to all platforms There are kiosks throughout the station Aomori station, opened in 1891,…

Aomori AUGA Building

Right outside Aomori station, it's AGUA! Inside the top floor public library. A clock chime in a common study and lounge area. Right outside Aomori station, it's AGUA! (Photo: wikipedia creative commons) Step outside Aomori station and you are surrounded by attractions. The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum, the Hakkoda Memorial Ship, and the ASPAM Building…