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Akita Prefecture
Japanese: 秋田県
Map of Japan with Akita highlighted
Capital Akita (city)
Region Tōhoku
Island Honshu
Governor Norihisa Satake
Area (rank) 11,612.22 km² (6th)
 - % water 0.7%
Population  (2010-10-01)
 - Population 1,106,050 (37th)
 - Density 95.2 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 25
ISO 3166-2 JP-05
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Fuki (a kind of butterbur, Petasites japonicus)
 - Tree Akita-sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
 - Bird Copper pheasant (Phasianus soemmerringii)
 - Fish Masu salmon
Symbol of Akita Prefecture
Symbol of Akita Prefecture
Emblem of Akita Prefecture.svg

Akita Prefecture (秋田県, Akita-ken) is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan on the island of Honshu. The capital city is Akita. Akita prefecture is famous for rice and sake.


The area of Akita was created from Dewa Province and Mutsu Province.

Historic places

  • Senshu Park is 5 minutes walk from Akita Station.

The site of castle of the Kubota Castle built by Satake, a daimyo from Hitachi. Landscape gardener, Abira Nagaoka, designed the park in 1896. The name "Akita" became established in Tenpyou era.


Akita Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan. It is bordered by Aomori Prefecture in the north, Iwate Prefecture in the east, Miyagi Prefecture in the southeast, and Yamagata Prefecture in the south.

Mt. Chokai is the second hightest mountain in the Tohoku Region. Shirakami-Sanchi is a large mountain range along the border between Akita and Aomori prefectures.


There are 13 cities in Akita Prefecture:

  • Oga
  • Ōdate
  • Semboku
  • Yokote
  • Yurihonjō
  • Yuzawa

National Parks

National Parks cover about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture. including

  • Towada-Hachimantai National Park

Hot Springs

  • Nyuto Hot Spring Village (There are seven hotels.)
    • Tsurunoyu
    • Taenoyu
    • Kuroyu
    • Ganiba
    • Magoroku
    • Oogama
    • National Park Resort Village Nyuto Hot Spring

Shrines and Temples

Ōmonoimi jinja and Tsutsukowake jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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