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Semboku City
Semboku in Akita
Location in Akita
Physical characteristics
Area1,093.64 km²
Population28,877 (as of 2012-04-01)
TreeZelkova (けやき)
City emblem
City Hall
Address30 Tazawako Obonai
aza Miyanoushiro
Semboku, Akita 014-1201
(〒014-1201 秋田県仙北市
Telephone☎ 0187-43-1111

Semboku (仙北市; -shi) is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.

Semboku (not to be confused with Senboku District, Osaka) was created on September 20, 2005 from the merger of Kakunodate, Tazawako, and Nishiki.


Semboku City consists of the following three cities after the 2005 merger:

  • Nishiki (西木). Between Kakunodate and Tazawako, Nishiki is a place full of festivals and natural beauty.
  • Kakunodate (角館). A small town known for its Samurai House district, which consists of several blocks of houses preserved from the Tokugawa era. Several samurai shows and movies have been filmed here. It also boasts some great sakura-viewing in the spring, and popular with tourists year-round.
  • Tazawako (田沢湖). An area which boasts a large amount of well known hot springs, a fantastic ski slope, and the ever enigmatic Lake Tazawa.



Bullet Train
The Akita Komachi Bullet Train stops at Kakunodate with service to Akita City and Tokyo.

Local Trains
Kakunodate also serves as the southern terminus of the Akita Nairiku Line. This local train line goes north with service to Kitaakita City.

Sightseeing & activities

Semboku is home to some of the most beautiful spots in all of Akita, as well as host to some of her more interesting festivals.


  • Kakunodate Festival (角館のお祭り) September 7th, 8th, 9th.
    The largest festival in Kakunodate. The festival is to pay respect to the Gods of the nearby mountain shrine. On the first two days, 18 floats created by each neighborhood in Kakunodate parade to the shrine to pray. On each float are musicians. The climax of the festival occurs on the final day, and it is called "ヤマぶつけ." The floats travel down the narrow streets of Kakunodate and battle each other for passage along street. Usually, the festival lasts until dawn on following day (Sept. 10).
  • Umezawa Sasara (梅沢ささら) August 15
    A regional variation of Japanese traditional dance, Shishimai. It originated 400 years ago, when the lord of Satake Clan was relocated to Akita from the Ibaraki area. As a means of welcome, this dance was performed at his arrival and it still performed in the form of a street festival in Kakunodate each year.
Kamihinokinai Balloon Festival
  • Kami-hinokinai Kamifusen-age AKA `Big Balloon Festival` (上桧木内の紙風船上げ) February 10
    As the name implies, this festival features crafting and releasing big balloon-like lanterns in the Nishiki Area and is held on every year at Kamifusen Hiroba. Following some performances and rituals, schools of glowing balloons light the sky adorning wishes and messages of the community.
  • Hiburi Kamakura (火振りかまくら) February 13th and 14th
    A fire swinging festival in Kakunodate, from 6:30-8pm. Held in the 営桜並木 parking lot where the 46 crosses the river, and at various sites throughout town.
    Anyone can step up and try to swing flaming bundles of straw on the first night. Fire-resistant jackets and gloves are provided. For participants, wearing a hat which keeps your hair out of harm's way is recommended.
  • Tazawako Alpine Snow Festival (田沢湖高原雪まつり) third full weekend in Feb.
    Friday night through Sun afternoon in at the Tazawako skijo. Most of the events happen from 5:30 to 8:30 at night. Festival events include snow sculptures, Hiburi fire swinging, Nishiki hot air balloons, and traditional dancing. The evening's events culminate in fireworks.
The waterfall at the end of Dakigaeri Gorge


  • Dakigaeri Gorge (抱返渓谷) Located south of Lake Tazawa, off R105. This is a beautiful gorge with steep cliffs and many waterfalls. In autumn, when the leaves change colour many people will visit here.
  • Mt. Hachimantai. A group of mountains on the border of Akita and Iwate. This area offers some great views from them top.
  • Mt. Akita Komagatake. This mountain is full of rare alpine plants, and is a popular destination for nature hikers.


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  • Kashiwa Shokudou (かしわ家食堂). Kashiwa Shokudou is essentially a ramen shop that is quite well renowned in this area. The food is affordable and if you are in the area, one of the best restaurants that you can stop by. The location is adjacent to Hinokinai Middle School, see map for more details.
    秋田県仙北市西木町桧木内字高屋1 (map) ☎ 0187-48-2710


  • Tanakaya (田中屋). Open 11:00~14:00, 17:00~22:00, Closed Mondays. This restaurant is known for the oven cooked food. The most popular meal is their omuraisu guratan. They have a wide selection of food for any taste.
    秋田県仙北市角館町上新町11 (map) ☎ 0187-53-2915
  • La Fuga (ラフーガ). Open 11:00 ~ 2:30. This restaurant is open for lunchtime and serves very authentic Italian food. The owners (who happen to speak great English) are very welcoming and the resturant also offers homestays.
    秋田県仙北市角館町小館34-8(南校通り) (map) ☎ 0187-54-2784
Semboku is well known for its iconic cherry blossoms
  • Cafe Cafe カフェカフェ(花fe香fe). Located near Kakunodate Station, if you are in the area you definitely want to check out this cafe.
    秋田県仙北市角館町上菅沢265-3 (map) ☎0187-55-4417


  • 山のはちみつ屋 - Yama no Hachimitsuya
    秋田県仙北市田沢湖生保内字石神163-3 Map
    Less than 5 km from Lake Tazawa, this little cafe may have a limited menu of roll cakes and choux creme, but it has the added bonus of all you can drink espresso. There's also a double-decker bus that you can eat your snacks in. Adjacent to the cafe and bus is a store selling all things honey with lots of free samples.
  • Cafe Fuu
    Located in the Tazawakogen area of Tazawako, the Cafe Fuu, offers delicious food at very reasonable prices. The pasta and curries are delicious. Very quaint place. Nice walking path down the hill as well which are great for after meal walks.


  • Arupa Komakusa (アルパこまくさ). Rotenburo with sweeping view of Tazawako. Beautiful wooden interior, baths nice and temperature. Road station, info center, and onsen all rolled into one. Open 9:00-19:00. Admission: ¥500
    秋田県仙北市田沢湖生保内字駒ヶ岳2-17 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2101
  • Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉郷). Arguably the most famous onsen in Akita. Nyuto Onsen is actually is a cluster of onsen with milky white water. Onsen in this area frequently have an outdoor pool with mixed-sex bathing, (called konyoku, 混浴). Mixed bathing areas will (ideally) be clearly marked with the kanji 混. (Website)
    Nyuuto includes:
    1. Tsuru no Yu (鶴の湯). Billed as a "secret onsen dating back to the Edo period", Tsuru no Yu is the most old-school onsen in the ken, and one of the best without question. No showers here, only buckets and extremely sulfur-y waters. The biggest rotenburo here is mixed. You'll have to get dressed to go between all the indoor pools, so bring a yukata to cover up. Open 10:00-15:00. Admission: ¥500
      秋田県仙北市田沢湖先達沢国有林50 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2139
    2. Tae no Yu(妙乃湯). This small onsen doesn't have a huge capacity, but the inside is steamy and gorgeous, full of ambiance reminiscent of old Japan. Mixed outdoor bathing with a view of a waterfall is available through the door marked with 混. Open 10:00-15:00. Admission ¥700
      秋田県仙北市田沢湖生保内字駒ヶ岳2-1 map ☎ 0187-46-2740
    3. Kuroyu (黒湯). This onsen also dates back to the Edo period. Very hot rotenburo. This onsen is located way off the main road, and is only accessible from late April to late November. Open 7:00-18:00. Admission ¥500
      秋田県仙北市田沢湖生保内字黒湯沢2-1 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2214
    4. Ganiba (蟹場). Ganiba's exterior may not be that impressive, but the onsen itself is wonderful. The highlight of Ganiba is the rotenburo, which is accessible down a 50 meter long path of stone stairs. It's a beautiful place for watching fall leaves or snowfall. The only catch is that the outdoor pool is mixed bathing. Open 9:00-16:30. Admission ¥500.
      秋田県仙北市田沢湖田沢字先達沢国有林 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2021
    5. Magoroku (孫六). This medicated bath in the mountains has a large female only rotenburo by the side of the river. Open 7:00-17:00. Admission: ¥500
      秋田県仙北市田沢湖田沢字先達沢国有林 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2224
    6. Ōgama (大釜). Footbaths open in the summer. Open 9:00-16:30. Admission ¥500
      県仙北市田沢湖田沢字先達国有林 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2438
  • Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉). Tamagawa Onsen is one of the most famous onsen in Japan. Tamagawa has the most acidic water in the country, with a pH of 1.1! It also has the largest water flow (8000-12000 L/min).
  • Komagakage Onsen (駒ヶ岳温泉). Homepage
  • Ōfuka Onsen (大深温泉) ¥500 Hours: 7:00-18:00, close Nov-June. No showers, taps, soap or stools. ☎0186-31-2551
  • Plaza Hotel Sanroku Sō Bekkan Shikisai (プラザホテル山麓荘別館 四季彩) Homepage ☎ 0187-46-2026
  • Ipponmatsu Onsen (一本松温泉). A free onsen in the mountains.
  • Mihari no Yu (見張りの湯). A free onsen in the mountains.

Enzyme Bath

  • Yasuragi Kan (やすらぎ館). Has a enzyme bath (酵素風呂; kōsofuro). Open daily from 16:00-21:30. Cost: ¥1,000.
    〒014-1201 秋田県仙北郡田沢湖町生保内駒ケ岳2-32 (map) ☎ 0187-46-2131 Website

External links

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