Hanabi House

Community space a short walk down Hanabi-dori from Omagari Station with a collection of hanabi shells, mortars and documents. Used for talks and meetings, and a fireworks seminar is held here on the day of Omagari Hanabi by fireworks appreciators. The names of those who have passed the official fireworks appreciator examination are also displayed on inscribed plaques.

Access: 5 minutes walk from Omagari Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 09:00–16:00
    Closed Monday
  • LOCATION
  • 3-3 Omagari Torimachi

Semboku History and Folklore Museum

Museum housing over 300 articles related to agriculture and lifestyle. Tools and equipment used up until 1955 are displayed in order of farming process and season, alongside photograph panels depicting traditional farming villages of the region.

Access: 15 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 20 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 10:00–17:00
    Closed Tuesday and over New Year
  • LOCATION
  • 149 Hitotsumori, Itaminai

Nangai Folklore Museum

Multi-purpose facility displaying a large collection of local folklore. The exhibitions allow a first-hand look at the culture and history of the area, including photo panels of 1930s agricultural scenes, and traditional Akita Nangai Workwear, a nationally designated Tangible Cultural Property. There are also rooms available for cooking and seminars, as well as a Japanese-style tatami room with sunken hearth.

Access: 5 minutes on foot from Ugo Kotsu Matsukida Bus Stop / 20 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 09:00–16:00
    Closed Tuesday and over New Year
  • LOCATION
  • 193-1 Matsukida, Nangai

Gakuyukan

Junior baseball history in the area traces back to Kamioka where Takeji Togashi returned from Tokyo to coach the local team at Jinguji Elementary. Certificates dated 1903 show the first positions he assigned, the beginning of a tradition. As well as the original certificates, there is a space to learn about baseball and a large collection of domestic and international documentation both pro and amateur.

Access: 15 minutes on foot from Jinguji Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • Gakuyukan: 09:00–21:00
    Kamioka Library: 09:00–18:00
    Baseball Archive: 09:00–17:00
  • LOCATION
  • 102 Shitagawara Maebiraki, Jinguji

Kurashi no Rekishikan

Cultural museum documenting the history of clothing, cuisine and lifestyle in Daisen. Housed in the repurposed Mineyoshikawa Elementary School that closed in 2008, are over 4,000 items including immersive scenes of village streets and recreations of traditional rural life. Designated by the city as a Cultural Property, among the displays are flatboat ferries used to cross the river in Hirukawa, and a music room housing a collection of old songs. The third floor offers a sweeping view of passing Komachi bullet trains.

Access: 18 minutes on foot from Mineyoshikawa Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • April – October: 09:30–16:30
    November – December: 09:30–16:00
    Closed Monday and over New Year
  • LOCATION
  • 1 Nanmeiyachi, Kyowa Mineyoshikawa

Taiseikan

Museum in Kyowa displaying articles related to the nearby old Arakawa Mine. There are a number of exhibits containing excavated minerals and ore, as well as recreations of the mining process. The space also houses displays on notable people from the area, including the literary monument for Tokiko Matsuda’s Orin Koden and ceramic work by local potter, Osamu Shindo.

Access: 20 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Kyowa IC & 15 minutes from Ugo-Sakai Station

  • TIME / HOURS
  • 09:00–16:30
    Closed Monday and over New Year
  • LOCATION
  • 9-1 Arakawamae, Kyowa Arakawa

Hotta Branch Gardens

Situated three kilometres north-east of the Ikeda Family Gardens, the Hotta Brach Gardens at just under half the size also have a boundary reflecting the Hexagonal Chinese Bellflower family crest. Enjoyed by locals as a hidden spot for autumnal foliage, there are evening illuminations in early November.

Access: 15 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 25 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • LOCATION
  • 1 Shinzan, Hotta
  • DATE
  • Open outside winter

Ikeda Family Gardens

Designed around a central pond, these expansive gardens once held the Ikeda Family estate, one of Northern Japan’s top three former landowners. Each season is painted on the roughly fifty varieties of tree, and the Yukimi Stone Lantern at four metres across is a spectacular sight. Open to the public in early summer, late August for Omagari Hanabi, and in autumn for a total of three times a year. Also designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty, the Ikeda Branch Gardens located at nearby Hotta no Saku are well-known for their autumnal colours.

Access: 10 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 15 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • LOCATION
  • 1 Oshima, Takanashi
  • DATE
  • Mid-May – mid-September

Yakushi Shrine

Situated on Mt. Himegami, Yakushi Shrine’s approach is lined on both sides with old cedar trees and 33 statues of Kannon. Said to be one of the few holy places in Akita, sacred spring water has been flowing from the stone foundation for 1,200 years.

Access: 10 minutes by car from Omagari Station & 15 minutes from Akita Expressway Omagari IC

  • LOCATION
  • 7 Kumanosan, Hirugawa

Mahoroba Karamatsu

Based on the North Noh Stage at Kyoto’s Nishi Hongan-ji, Mahoroba is Akita’s only authentic noh theatre. The background depicting two young pines, and the two dramatic pillars standing in the foreground leave a powerful impression during the outdoor noh performances, with a stage suitably grand for this traditional style of performing art. Noh plays are held once a year in autumn.

Access: 10 minutes by car from Akita Expressway Kyowa IC / 15 minutes on foot from Ugo-Sakai Station

  • LOCATION
  • 44-2 Karamatsudake, Kyowa Sakai
  • DATE
  • Currently closed for repairs