Akita is a strong and physical centre-back, who is also arguably one of the best headers of the ball within the J. League Division 1. One of the best defenders of his generation and a 10-year stalwart for the Kashima Antlers since 1993, Akita left Kashima in early 2004 to move back to his native Nagoya, signing for hometown team Nagoya Grampus Eight. He moved to J. League Division 2 side Kyoto Sanga F.C. at the beginning of the 2007 season. In November 2007, he announced his retirement from the game.