The Akita Museum of Art is Akita prefecture’s leading art installation, built by the famous architect Ando Tadao, known for creating many prefectural art museums as well as the Modern art museum in Fort Worth. The museum also showcases a large collection of western painter Leonard Foujita, as well as many other local artists from Akita. The architecture of the museum itself could be considered art as well, with free standing staircases, triangular skylights, and open-air cafes that look as though they were floating on water.
Senshu park is where the Akita Castle once stood. The Castle was built in the early 1600s to project power in the northern region, but was abandoned in 1872 after the Meiji Restoration. While not completely destroyed at this time, the building would be scrapped for resources and the moat filled for roads, leaving only a corner turret today. At the end of the 19th century, the land would be turned over to the prefectural government, be turned into a garden and shrine, and named Senshu Park. The park usually has very little people, making it a perfect place to get away from the crowd.
Akita Kanto Festival
The Akita Kanto Festival is a unique festival that is related to the Tanabata festival, and is held from August 3 to 6. The main feature of the festival is the pole balancing that is performed across the festival. Performers balance long, 12 meter poles with dozens of real lanterns at the ends, on their hands, heads, and shoulders. This impressive display of balance happens both day and night of the festival, and can even be experienced for a short time by the audience. It is performed on the Chuo Road, and you can reserve seats on the median of the road a few months in advance.
Lake Tazawa is a lake in Akita prefecture, and is the deepest in Japan at 423 meters deep. It has no natural inflows or outflows, and was originally thought to be either the caldera of a volcano, or the remains of a meteor crater. It was the home of several species of indigenous fish, before becoming too acidic to support life due to the runoff of the nearby hot springs in the 1940s. Now, it is a popular tourist destination, and Akita’s largest ski resort overlooks the lake.