From August 24 to 27, 2020, we went to Akita. Most of the time, we were either driving or walking around to see what’s there. Neither of us had ever been there before.
On the day we arrived, after we checked in Comfort Hotel, we walked to Senshu Park. I forgot to take any picture there but it’s a beautiful garden and I enjoyed strolling in the park even if it was very hot.
On the way to the Senshu Park, we stopped by this coffee shop, Coffee Jack. Their features are coffee and bagels but I had a glass of wine (picture on the left) lol
It’s a cute place. Next time, I’d like to try one of their bagels.
On the second day, we drove to Cape Nyudosaki (Oga Peninsula). On our way, we stopped by multiple places.
First, we stopped by Koizumigata Park. It is a very big park, and probably a great place for a bike ride.
Since we didn’t have a bike and our final destination of the day was further away, we just took a walk in the Japanese garden, Suishinen (picture on the left).
Due to the timing (COVID-19), there was nobody else. The garden has a beautiful pond with lots of Koi. I enjoyed the serene atmosphere.
We arrived at the Oga Station around noon, parked the car there, and walked a little bit. Just about 3-5 minutes from the station, we found an izakaya (Japanese-style bar), Hide, that opens for lunch. It’s not a small place but surprisingly lots of people were there.
After the lunch, just less than a minute-walk from the restaurant, we found a coffee shop, Tomosu Cafe. This place seems to be a trendy spot in the area. We got a coffee to go, and a bag of coffee beans to take home.
On a sightseeing brochure we picked at the hotel, we spotted an interesting-looking shrine, so went there after the coffee shop.
It’s called Akagami Shrine Goshado.
We didn’t read much about the place, so this visit turned out to be a surprise workout time during the hot summer day (around 35℃) LOL
Below is the picture of the information I took at the entrance (after walking down from the shrine). Apparently, there are 999 stone steps.
The picture on the left is the Goshado.
Finally we arrived Cape Nyudosaki, the northern point of the peninsula.
We sat down on the ground for a while.
There are some souvenir shops but they were all closed during that time of course.
On our way back, we stopped by Godzilla Rock.
Saw some other groups of people who came to see this during the sunset hours.
Third day, we just drove around, mostly Oga, Hachirogata, and Ogata areas.
One of the small places we stopped by is Mt. Ogata Fuji, a small man-made mountain. This just looks like a mere lookout point, but the sign (picture on the left) says ‘the lowest mountain in Japan.’
We checked out the hotel and strolled around the city. It was still in the morning and we were not planning to go to any restaurant or bar but walked through the bar districts anyway. Sad thing we noticed is that quite a few bars/restaurants have a sign saying they recently closed (most likely due to COVID-19).
After that, we did some souvenir shopping and sake tasting (picture on the left) at Akita Kurasu (Topico 2F). Topico has direct connections to JR so it was convenient to enjoy the remaining time before getting on a Shinkansen.
I’m not familiar with sake much, but these three are rather rare ones.
Shinkansen was pretty empty again. There was only one couple other than us in our car.
On Shinkansen, we enjoyed boxed lunch from one of the shops at Topico 3F, and this wine.
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