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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[1])
 - 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

Lua error in Module:Unicode_data at line 290: attempt to index local 'data_module' (a boolean value). 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]


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

Historic places

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 Parks

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

Hot Springs

Shrines and Temples

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

Related pages


  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. "Archived copy". 
  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; retrieved 2012-9-4.

Other websites

Media related to Akita Prefecture at Wikimedia Commons