Akita, Japan Cruise Port, 2018 and 2019 Cruises to Akita, Japan | The Cruise Web
 

Akita, Japan Cruise Port

While cruising to Japan’s main island in search of saké, you may come across the Tohoku region and the capital and port city of Akita. With an ancient past that includes inhabitants for thousands of years, today Akita is the prefecture’s largest city and the center for shopping, sports, and transportation. This is also the perfect place for those who like it hot in summer, as the proximity to the Sea of Japan creates a subtropical climate and plenty of chances to soak up the sun. Akita has a wealth of museums and parks, and it’s a food-lover’s paradise: with both local and international options everywhere you look, don’t miss trying kiritanpo (roasted rice on a disposable chopstick), an area specialty. Bonus: the Akita Public Market has some of the freshest seafood around. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Akita, Japan:
 
  • Take a stroll through gorgeous Senshu Park, even more beautiful during Japan’s famous cherry blossom season (or in the autumn, when the leaves change color). Here is where you can explore a replica of the historic Kubota Castle’s watchtower and the nearby museum.
     
  • If you’re not around for the Kanto Festival (which has been in existence for more than 350 years) in September, a visit to the Kanto Museum is a must. The friendly, knowledgeable staff gives you a tour and some background about the festival; ask politely, and you might get permission to carry around a bamboo pole full of cheerful lanterns, a substitute for actually attending the event itself.
     
  • Nature lovers and travelers with children will want to see the charming Omoriyama Zoo, which is small but still contains rare animals (which may change from season to season).
     
  • Interested in the religious history of Akita? Not only are there shrines here, but the Our Lady of Akita Convent as well. A quiet, lovely place to escape the hustle of the city, you’ll find Catholic nuns surrounded by lush gardens and a Japanese-style church.

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