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Address: Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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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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This is a wonderful place, but it's not Disneyland. This is a functioning modern town with historic elements intertwined. It's easy to get lost or go the wrong way. The historic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Boise, Idaho
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first trip to Tohoku--the area to the north of Tokyo on the main island. Having seen many preserved old houses on this trip and others, I had become jaded, and visited Kakunodate only because a mountain bus elsewhere was not running. I was delighted! Here the houses are in their original location, not gathered into a museum;... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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89 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This is a wonderful place, but it's not Disneyland. This is a functioning modern town with historic elements intertwined. It's easy to get lost or go the wrong way. The historic attractions are easy to miss if you are not paying attention. Only a few of the attractions are museums. But the museums are EXCELLENT! In the museums you can... More 

2 Thank MrCustoms
Oxford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

As a practising martial artist I have sadly passed this village on many occasions, however this year I was happy to make the vist and what a wonderful experience it was.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The entire Samurai distict is a pleasant tree lined area. You can enjoy the walk down the tree lined streets with the many Samurai residences as a reminder to an ancient way of life. Usually plenty of tourists, but still a very nice experience. Many shopping opportunities, look especially for "cherry bark" wood products.

Thank Greg B
New Zealand
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Less than an hour from Akita is the small town of Kakunodate (a Komachi shinkansen stop). From the station it is a 20 minute walk to the samurai district, past a temple (worth a side visit), and past the small shops that are part of the charm of this small town (14,000 people). The actual Samurai area consists of a... More 

1 Thank JapanCustomTours
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We were excited to go to the Samurai district by train but when we got there there was little to see despite so much marketing.

2 Thank Stella K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We came to Kakunodate during the beginning of Golden Week and thought we had timed it perfectly to coincide with the cherry blossom season. Unfortunately for us, the blossoms were super early this year--10 days earlier than usual. By the time we arrived, there was very little left. The whole town makes much of the cherry blossoms and this is... More 

Thank Louichan
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

It was like walking into another era, sans tourists. Beautiful old buildings and streets flanked with trees. Nice to walk around. Visited the Aoyagi Samurai house. Parking available near the river for 500yen. Toilets available too.

Thank Simplyko
Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
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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 

Thank cartoonlin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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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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