This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Pocket Travel 1

Exploring Akita with Mio

Akita City

  1. Kanto Festival:
    Mio visited Akita City during the Kanto Festival, where performers balance long bamboo poles with lanterns. She was amazed by their skill and the festive atmosphere. “The sight of the glowing lanterns swaying in the night is unforgettable,” she said.
  2. Senshu Park:
    In Senshu Park, Mio explored the ruins of Kubota Castle and enjoyed the seasonal beauty of the park. “The cherry blossoms in spring and the colorful leaves in autumn make this park special,” she noted.
  3. Akita Museum of Art:
    Mio visited the Akita Museum of Art, which features works by local artists and the famous painter Leonard Foujita. “The modern design of the museum and the artwork inside are inspiring,” she commented.


  1. Samurai District:
    Mio walked through the historic Samurai District of Kakunodate, where well-preserved samurai houses line the streets. “It feels like stepping back in time,” she remarked.
  2. Cherry Blossoms along the Hinokinai River:
    In spring, Mio admired the cherry blossoms along the Hinokinai River. The pink blossoms creating a tunnel over the river were stunning. “It’s one of the most beautiful cherry blossom spots I’ve seen,” she said.
  3. Kakunodate Matsuri:
    Mio experienced the Kakunodate Matsuri, a traditional festival with floats and performances. “The cultural richness and community spirit here are wonderful,” she noted.

Nyuto Onsen

  1. Nyuto Onsen Village:
    Mio visited Nyuto Onsen Village, known for its rustic hot spring inns nestled in the mountains. She enjoyed the different hot springs, each with its own unique character. “Soaking in the hot springs surrounded by nature is incredibly relaxing,” she said.
  2. Tsurunoyu Onsen:
    At Tsurunoyu Onsen, the oldest and most famous hot spring in the village, Mio experienced the milky white waters. “This onsen has a charming, old-world atmosphere,” she observed.
  3. Ganiba Onsen:
    Mio also visited Ganiba Onsen, where she enjoyed the open-air baths with views of the forest. “Bathing outdoors with the sound of the river nearby is truly refreshing,” she said.

Lake Tazawa

  1. Lake Tazawa:
    Mio took a boat tour on Lake Tazawa, the deepest lake in Japan, and admired its clear blue waters. “The lake’s color is mesmerizing, especially on a sunny day,” she noted.
  2. Statue of Tatsuko:
    Mio visited the golden statue of Tatsuko, a local legend, by the lakeshore. “The statue adds a touch of mystery and charm to the lake,” she remarked.
  3. Gozanoishi Shrine:
    At Gozanoishi Shrine, Mio appreciated the peaceful atmosphere and the view of the lake. “This shrine has a serene beauty,” she said.

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