Akita Japan. Akita City is a bustling port in northern Japan where good food and good drinks are essential for weathering the long winters and over 3.6 meters of snow a year. Akita is the capital of Akita Prefecture, which is renowned for Akita dogs, high-quality rice and sake, and lively folk festivals. Revelers in traditional attire often greet cruise ships by balancing lantern-laden bamboo poles, which are part of the summer Kanto Festival. Look out for people dressed up as Namahage ogres, too. You can explore this rich culture in the city’s parks, historic buildings, and cultural attractions.