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Address: Kakunodatemachi, Semboku, Akita Prefecture
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Description: This historic neighborhood consists of wide, tree-lined streets with...
This historic neighborhood consists of wide, tree-lined streets with mansions built during the Edo Period, only six of which remain and are open to the public. The area is particularly beautiful in late April, when the cherry trees are in full bloom.
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Excellent example of samurai houses in the 'Little Kyoto of the North'

Well-kept streets and houses have retained the original look and feel of the samurai quarter in the historic castle town of Kakunodate, Akita prefecture.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Well-kept streets and houses have retained the original look and feel of the samurai quarter in the historic castle town of Kakunodate, Akita prefecture.

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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stopped on the way to the Lake Tazawa area... The train stop is immediately prior coming from Akita. It's an easy 15 minute walk from the train station and there are big lockers available for luggage; the visitors center there, in an old samurai era warehouse, has a sign offering to Stille luggage.(Stop for and English map.) If you... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Samurai District was a sheer delight to see -- the construction of the homes, traditions, culture, crafts, etc took me back in time. A treasure haven of uniquely and distinctly crafted Japanese items (especially laquered cherry wood souveniers). Not to be missed well worth the visit. Note: Must visit before end of October.

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Tokyo
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

Samurai district is about 2 blocks long, but beautifully preserved. Visiting one or two of the homes is good, or all of them if it catches your imagination. This sleepy town also has a few amazing craft shops. Also, just a lovely location

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