Located in the northwest of Akita Prefecture, Noshiro City recently merged with Futatsui Town, tied by the Yoneshiro River for a long time. Filled with scenic places with different themes during every season, Noshiro is a city blended with nature. Summer blooms cherry blossoms, autumn hosts festivals, winter covers the picturesque snowy landscape. Enjoy all season of Noshiro with a list of the things to do in this beautiful city.
1. Kaze no Matsubara
One of the largest pine groves in Japan is Kaze no Matsubara. Known as the “Wind of Matsubara”, the black pines were planted to prevent Noshiro from coastal erosion. In 1996, the Ministry of Environment designated it as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. Now, people use it as a recreation site where one can find endless trails for walking and cycling. There are maps, a square, a field athletics course and a couple of shrines.
Kaze no Matsubara
Website: Kaze no Matsubara (in Japanese)
2. Noshiro Energy Park
Half park, half power station, Noshiro Energy Park combines nature, people, and energy. There’s a glass dome with an indoor arboretum, an outdoor wading pool, a tennis court, and free stilts! The tropical botanic garden utilizes heat from a thermal power plant. There’s also a small museum dedicated to kites and Noshiro’s famous festivals. A family friendly amusement zone for those who want to have some adventure or relaxation.
Noshiro Energy Park
Address: 1-6 Omoriyama, Noshiro 016-0807, Akita Prefecture
Website: Noshiro Energy Park
3. Noshiro Rocket Testing Center
Located in the southern part of Noshiro City, The Noshiro Rocket Testing Center is a research facility of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It has two main buildings. The Large Atmosphere Firing Test Building is where tests are conducted to check the performance of large rockets. The Vacuum Firing Test Building runs tests to check the performance of rocket motors of vacuum flights. Some of the facilities are open for the public, and visitors come to observe the experiments held there.
Noshiro Rocket Testing Center
Address: Asanai, Noshiro-city, Akita 016-0179
Website: Noshiro Rocket Testing Center
4. Noshiro Huyajou
“The Sky Castle that never sleeps” is a festival once held at the end of the Edo period to bring in the Meiji era. It was revived again a century later and became a tourist attraction. It’s a festival of gigantic and colorful lanterns resembling an ancient, multi-tiered castle. Gathered with sounds of taiko drums, and lively Hayashi performance, experience a parade of fascinating floats reaching out to the sky in a setting like a fairy tale.
Address: Central city of Noshiro, Akita Prefecture
Website: Noshiro Huyajou (in Japanese)
5. Kimimachizaka Park
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From a park without a fixed name, it is now one of the famous parks in Noshiro City. Visited by Emperor Meiji in the 14th-century, it was designated as an Akita prefectural natural park. It used to be inaccessible due to steep mountains and one would need to cross several rivers to get to it. Traveling became convenient after tunnels were made and locals began to develop the place. It’s now a romantic park covered with beautiful flower trees.
Address: Futatsuimachikotsunagi, Noshiro 018-3102, Akita Prefecture
Website: Kimimachizaka Park (in Japanese)
6. Noshiro Port
Located in the Tohoku region, facing the sea of Japan, the port offers access to the northern Akita Prefecture. Close to the Shirakami-Sanchi, a heritage site, it has a deep history up to the ancient times. It now hosts the Noshiro Minato Festival Fireworks yearly, launching 15,000 different kinds of fireworks in a rare display. Visitors and locals are usually captured by the breathtaking display of colorful fireworks lighting the night sky by the beautiful port.
Address: Noshiro Port Shimohama Fucho
Website: Noshiro Port (in Japanese)
7. Noshiro Old Restaurant Kaneyu
Built in 1937 at the peak of rice and lumber, with building methods according to the natural Akita cedar, this restaurant was the place of gathering for the rich people of Akita and Noshiro. Each room has a different style and atmosphere. Eventually becoming a cultural property of Noshiro, it stopped serving as a restaurant and became open for public viewing. Rooms can be rented for events and there are free tours open for visitors.
Noshiro Old Restaurant
Address: 13 - 8 Yanagicho Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture 016-0825
Website: Noshiro Old Restaurant
8. Hamanasu Observatory
Located in the Green Harbour overlooking the sea of Japan is the Hamanasu Observatory. Sitting next to the Hamanasu gallery, the lobby has a spiral concrete staircase with a hundred steps. The observatory is surrounded by a park with people trying to fish nearby. The top room offers a view of the Noshiro Port, Kaze no Matsubara, Shirakami Mountains towards the north, and the Oga Peninsula towards the south.
Address: Noshiro City, Omoriyama
Website: Hamanasu Observatory (in Japanese)
9. Jūhachi-ban Ramen
An exclusive ramen shop with only 16 seats to offer and 3 types of ramen. Business hours are short and the shop is closed during the weekends. This leaves regulars rushing in as soon as the shop opens and people immediately falling into line just to try out the legendary ramen which makes the store usually packed. However, the mouthwatering ramen leaves people coming back for more.
Address: 2-50 Oiwakemachi, Noshiro, Akita
City of wood
With a deep history, up to ancient times, combined with recent developments, Noshiro now offers festivals, celebrations, excitement, nature, and wonder! The “city of wood” is a wonderful harmony of nature combined with urban lifestyle. With many breathtaking sights and exciting cultural festivals, Noshiro can be enjoyed all year round. A good way to start an adventure in Akita and fall in love with Japan.
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