Tohoku Sights

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Akita City Folklore and Performing Arts Center

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If you are not in town for Akita's famous Kanto Festival, this museum is the next best thing. Try balancing one of the poles topped with...

Akita Museum of Art

  • Building/Architectural Site

One of the best reasons to visit this new museum is the building, designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando. Sitting in the café, you...

Ando House

  • Building/Architectural Site

A visit to this miso and soy sauce business, still located in the historic home of the Ando merchant family, is a treat for both the...

Aomori Kenritsu Bijutsukan

  • Museum/Gallery

This contemporary arts museum houses a collection of works by Munakata Shiko (1903–75), Nara Yoshitomo (1959–), and Terayama Shuji...

Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

  • Building/Architectural Site

Several well-preserved samurai houses date from the founding of Kakunodate. The most renowned is Aoyagi-ke, which functions as a museum...


  • Market/Bazaar

Fish, shellfish, preserved seaweed, and fish eggs—in short, all manner of marine organisms—are hawked by hundreds of vendors in this...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Thirty-three of the Soto Sect's Zen temples line up solemnly along a long avenue called Zenrin-gai (Zen Forest Street), at the end of...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Founded in 850, this temple's highlight is its Konjikido (Golden Hall), which was completed in 1124. The first Ou Fujiwara lord Kiyohara...

Densho House Workshop

  • Museum/Gallery

A hall in front of a cluster of samurai houses serves as a museum and a workshop for the local cherry-bark veneer handicrafts that became...

Fuku-ura Jima

  • Beach–Sight

From the Godaido Temple it's a short walk across a pedestrian bridge to the islet of Fuk-ura Jima. For the ¥200 toll you can break away...


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