Akita— 7 nights
Mon, Feb 1 - Mon, Feb 8
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tazawako Ski Resort and Seitai Hoshikai. Get out of town with these interesting Akita side-trips: Morioka (Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, Hōon-ji Temple, &more), Hachimantai (Hachiman Swamp, Hachimantai Asupite line, &more) and Nikaho (Mototakifukuryusui, Nakajimadai Shishigahana Marsh, &more). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Our Lady of Akita, get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, steep yourself in history at Kaneko House, and take an in-depth tour of Katsuhira Tokushi Memorial.
To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Akita day trip planning tool.
If you are flying in from Taiwan, the closest major aiports are Sendai Airport, Niigata Airport and Hakodate Airport. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Akita
Morioka, Semboku, Yokote, Hachimantai, Nikaho
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