Akita Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Akita Prefecture (秋田県, Akita-ken) is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[2] The capital city is Akita.[3] Akita prefecture is famous for rice and sake.[4]

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[1])
 - Population 1,106,050 (37th)
 - Density 95.2 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 25
ISO 3166-2 JP-05
Website www.pref.akita.jp/koho/foreign/en/index.html
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


The area of Akita was created from Dewa Province and Mutsu Province.[2]

Historic placesEdit

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:

National ParksEdit

National Parks cover about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[5] including

Hot SpringsEdit

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Ōmonoimi jinja and Tsutsukowake jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[7]

Related pagesEdit


  1. National Census 2010 Preliminary Results
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Provinces and prefectures" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 780; "Tōhoku" at p. 970.
  3. Nussbaum, "Akita" at p. 20.
  4. "AKITA CITY - tourist guide". Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  5. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-9-4.
  6. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "Towada-Hachimantai National Park" Archived 2006-05-16 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-9-4.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-9-4.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Akita prefecture at Wikimedia Commons