Historical walks of Akita


As well as Takashimizu Park [the remains of ancient castle] and Senshu Park [the remains of the Edo period castle], Akita has many interesting historic sites.

Hie Hachiman Jinja shrine

The red three-storied pagoda has such finely detailed craft work that it is even called ‘The Nikko shrine of Akita’.

Taiheizan Miyoshi Jinja shrine

This shrine of a brave god is very popular among the citizens of Akita. The largest pipe and Sake cup in Japan were dedicated to the shrine.

Residence of Nara family, a farmhouse

The site of a wealthy farmer residence. You can see the characteristics of the Sukiya style and the Shoin style of Japanese traditional architecture during the Horyaku period (designated as an important national cultural property).

Tentokuji Temple

The temple of the Satake family, the lord of the Akita clan. It has many treasures such as ‘Juroku-rakanzu (sixteen Rakan painting)’ and ‘Jusan-botoke (thirteen figures of Buddha) in color from the Muromachi period.

Grave of Atsutane Hirata, a scholar of Edo era

Atsutane was born in the samurai family of Akita clan and studied in Edo (Tokyo). He established a theological theory called ‘Hirata-shintou’.

Hodadera Temple

The oldest temple of the Sodo sect in Akita. It is the temple of the Akita family who was the lord before the Satake family. It is said that Fujifusa Fujiwara was the second chief priest. He was a famous figure in the Northern and Southern Courts period.