Akita Prefecture is home to many popular sightseeing spots dotted around the region that only people in the know are aware of. Places that come to mind include Lake Tazawa, known for being the deepest lake in Japan as well as clarity of its water; and Kazukinodate, where you can take a step back in time. The prefecture is also particularly known among Japanese for the natural beauty of their ladies. Akita has many celebrated hot springs, with Nyuto Onsen being one of the places to check out. The baths here are mixed so, though you may be hesitant at first, the expeirence is well worth it. The region is known for producing much of Japan's rice. The Akita-style hot pot Kiritanpo Nabe is a must-try as well as the Inaniwa-udon, a hand-stretched, dried udon that is slightly thinner than regular udon noodles.