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Samurai District

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Address: Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, 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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A great place to walk around. Was there during winter but I can imagine how beautiful it will become during spring... Only disadvantage is that most of the houses are not opened... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A great place to walk around. Was there during winter but I can imagine how beautiful it will become during spring... Only disadvantage is that most of the houses are not opened or closes early by 4pm during winter time. Oh well, the sun sets earlier during winter so I cannot complain much. Would love to go back there during... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

We visited taking a bullet train from Tazawako. There is a good information centre outside the train station which supplies a good walking map. The samurai part of town is pretty, even in winter. Many of the samurai houses are closed during winter and we visited only one. Nevertheless one an get a good sense of the era, and the... More 

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Kawasaki, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I found that the old samurai era town is well preserved but during the winter almost of the housing are not open due to maintenance.

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Chachoengsao, Thailand
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We went kakunodate on 4 Nov,2014 .we walked from kakunodate station to Nishinomiya House,but it's not opening time.Then we walked to Ando House to look around in their shop.And we returned to samurai houses area.There're a lot of colorful autumn leaves in samurai houses area,The black old japanese style wall contrasts with colorful leaves ,it's really beutiful.I agree with people... More 

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Penang
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Although it's a great historical site, but if you could visit at right timing then it would be a plus to your trip. For example, the red leaf during autumn and Sakura during spring.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

worth to visit. There are a lot of old toys from 200 years ago present inside. Only 500 yen fare. You can get the discount ticket at the JR station and use it before buying the house's ticket.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We were able to start our Japan trip in late April, and were disappointed (though not surprised) at seeing the sakura being completely over in all major Southern cities like Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo. We learned from a website that Kakunodate, being North and on the mountains, has its sakura period from very late-April to early-May. Having a JR pass, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We visited by taking the bullet train from Akita station. It's about an hour ride. At the train station there is a visitor's information house just outside the station,. They can supply you with map of the streets and where all the Bukeyashiki are located. They also provide a discount card you can use at some of the Bukeyashiki and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

You will see very traditional Samurai houses there. For some, no entrance fee is required (but only gardens), other requires some. Also for some houses are not opened to public. So it wise to decide which to visit, to pay etc to save your money. I recommend visiting Ishiguro-ke at any case. This one requires entrance fee, but you can... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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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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