Lake Tazawa, Kakunodate
Kakunodate Matsuri’s Yama Gyoji is one of 33 “Yama, Hoko, Yatai Gyoji” float festivals chosen to be added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritages.
This festival has over 350 years of history, and is held by Shimei and Yakushido Shrines in the Kakunodate area of Akita Prefecture’s Semboku City.
Akita Prefecture’s Event with a History of Over 100 Years! Kamihinokinai’s Paper Balloon FestivalRead Later
This is a winter event representative of Akita Prefecture. Large candlelit paper balloons, painted with warrior pictures and Ukiyo-e styled women, flutter in the winter night sky like shining stars. A total of around 100 paper balloons are released into the night sky.
Fall Foliage Viewing Spots in Akita: A Walking Trail for Viewing Fall Foliage in Kakunodate, “the Little Kyoto of Tohoku”!Read Later
Here is a route through Kakunodate for viewing fall foliage: set off from the neighborhood of Kakunodate Station, walk northward along Bukeyashiki Street (Bukeyashiki-dori), walk southward along Tamachi Bukeyashiki Street (Tamachi Bukeyashiki-dori), and return to Kakunodate Station.
In Akita Prefecture’s Yokote City around New Year’s, various parts of the city hold events where the trees and plazas are illuminated brightly with many lights! In 2016, the four areas selected for the Collaborative Illuminations of Yokote City are Taiyu, Omori, Omono River, and Hiraka.
In Kakunodate, part of the city of Senboku in Akita Prefecture, exists rows of old houses first attributed to the Ashina family in the early Edo period (around year 1620), that later flourished under the castle town of the Satake-Kita family. This district has been designated as protected in an effort to conserve traditional buildings.