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Tsurunoyu Onsen

Tsurunoyu Onsen is one of eight hot-spring baths that belong to Nyutou Onsenkyo which is located near the foot of Nyutou san(1478m). Tsurunoyu Onsen is one of the oldest hot spring resorts of Nyutou Onsenkyo. Tsurunoyu Onsen dates back to 1638 and 1661 when the second lord of Akita Yoshitaka Satake and Iwashiro Kameda visited Tsurunoyu Onsen for therapy respectively. Visitations by the general public began to be recorded during the Genroku era(1688~1704).
Tsurunoyu Onsen derives its name from the fact that a local hunter saw a crane (“Tsuru” in Japanese) healing its wounds in the spring.

www.tsurunoyu.com

Eat!

Ganso Kamiya Yakisoba-ya

Ganso Kamiya Yakisoba-ya
A restaurant the serves the now nationally famous Kamiya style fried noodles. Enjoy the thick egg noodles pan fried in a sweet Worchester sauce. A local favorite is fried noodles with guts.

Culture

Kanto Festival is held to drive away diseases and malice of the midsummer, an annual event to “wash away” sleepiness, the prototype of which can be found as long ago as in the Horeki Period (1751-1764).

The oldest literature concerning Kanto dates back to 1789 (Kansei Gannen). It is the travel diary of Tsumura Soan “Yuki no Furu Michi” (“The Road Where the Snow Falls”), where he is introducing the Neburi-Nagashi event that took part on the 6th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. By that time, the event was introduced to be the original tradition of Akita.

Long bamboo poles were structured in a shape of the cross, to which many lanterns were fastened; then accompanied with the drum sound this construction would be carried in a procession around the town. It is said that the lamplight would be seen as far away as two to three blocks.

www.kantou.gr.jp

Namahage Museum and Oga Shinzan Folklore Mueseum

Enjoy the Namahage ritual year-round.

The show is captivating, the banter between the Namahage and the household head is humorous, and they are both accentuated by the atmosphere of this converted traditional home.

www.namahage.co.jp

Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition

The Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition(大曲花火大会) is held every year on the 4th Saturday of August on the dry bed of the Omono-gawa, a river in the city of Omagari, Akita Prefecture. More than 30 firework makers from all over Japan compete to show off their technique.
More than 600,000 people comes from all over Japan to view the big breathtaking fireworks. A feature of the competition in Omagari is that the firework artists launch fireworks that they have made themselves. The fireworks competition started in August 1910 when fireworks were an attraction of the festival at the shrine Suwa-jinja.

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Nature

Kakunodate Cherry Blossoms

Kakunodate is one of the Tohoku region’s most famous cherry blossom spots. Around one million people visit Kakunodate’s sakura matsuri (cherry blossom festival) each year. The blossoms are usually at their best during the Golden Week in late April and early May.

It was during the Edo Period (1603-1868), that several weeping cherry trees were imported from distant Kyoto. This was done by local samurai families in an attempt to outperform each other in cultivating the most beautiful trees. Their efforts are still visible in the samurai district, where dozens of weeping cherry trees line the streets.

In addition, several hundreds of somei yoshino cherry trees were later planted along Hinokinai River, which runs through Kakunodate. The Hinokinai riverbank provides a great location for hanami picnics under the blossoms.

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The sapphire-blue lake is astonishingly beautiful and mirrors everything around it. You can have the most relaxing time at some leisure spots all year round.

Lake Tazawa-ko is a crater lake situated near the center of eastern region of Akita
Prefecture. It is the deepest lake in Japan, whose depth is of 423.4 meters and shape is almost perfectly circle. The lake exudes a mysterious atmosphere, being filled with sapphire-blue water. The color changes from jade green to indigo blue, depending on the season and the depth of light that penetrates the water. It is a sure attraction for visitors at anytime of the year.

Take a scenic bus trip around the lake and enjoy views from different spots. On the western shore, there is a golden statue of Tatsuko, a legendary princess who was transformed into a dragon, for she wished for the eternal beauty. On the northern shore, there is Goza-no-ishi Shrine, known for the strikingly beautiful red torii gate and the spiritual atmosphere. Take a pleasure boat departing from two locations to see around
the lake.

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