Akita (city)

capital city of Akita prefecture, Japan

Akita (秋田市, Akita-shi) is a Japanese city in Akita Prefecture on the island of Honshu.[1] It is the capital city of the prefecture.

Map showing location of the city of Akita in Akita Prefecture


Akita has been one of the most important cities in the Tōhoku region since ancient times.

The Akita clan (Ando clan) held this part of northern Japan (Mutsu Province) in the 15-16th centuries.[2]

The Satake clan built Kubota Castle in 1604.[3]

The modern city of Akita was established on April 1, 1889.[4]


Akita is the largest city on the western coast of the Tōhoku region.[5]

Neighboring citiesEdit


Local foods and productsEdit

  • Kiritampo – baked rice
  • Sasamaki – rice wrapped in bamboo grass
  • Iwagaki – a kind of oyster
  • Iburi-gakko – a kind of pickle

Sister / friendship citiesEdit

International sister / friendship citiesEdit

Sister cities in JapanEdit

Famous peopleEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Utsunomiya" Japan Encyclopedia, p. 20.
  2. Papinot, Edmund. (2003). Nobiliare du Japon – Ashina, pp. 7; Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon. (in French/German).
  3. Elsey, Teresa. (2004). Let's Go Japan, p. 312; Appert, Georges. (1888). Ancien Japon. p. 77.
  4. Akita City, "History" Archived 2018-05-24 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-9-30.
  5. Elsey, at p. 310.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Akita, Akita at Wikimedia Commons