Kakunodate Samurai House Museum

Kakunodate Samurai House Museum

Kakunodate Samurai House Museum
3.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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timetravel1
Blenheim, New Zealand69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
The town of Kakunodate is well worth a stop. On the bullet train route between Akita and Morioka a delightful small town. They speak very basic English at the Info centre to the right of the station. Hire push bikes at the taxi place across the road to the left (300 yen/hour) and spend 2 to 3 hours easily, roaming around. The old Samurai area is a picture of peace and tranquility. Beautiful gardens, old buildings,wonderful views of old Japan all in a very small area. Im sure it could get very crowded but not when we were there start of August. At Cherry blossom time the town would look amazing. Dont miss the miso and soya sauce factory/shop/tasting place at Ando House. Free. Some of the places charge admission. The station has coin lockers for luggage.
Written August 5, 2012
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Paul C
Oxford, UK112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Travelling to the North of Japan I have on many occasions passed by Kakunodate, yet never had the time to see it. This year however I was fortunate to visit the village and see the splendid Samurai homes and museums.

The walk into the village is maybe 20 to 30 minutes from the railway station and along the way was a wonderful tearoom.

The village itself had houses lining the main road and the serenity was only broken by the buzz of cicadas in the trees. The houses themselves were of varying designs and to step inside a few was to truly be transported back to a time when Japan was ruled by the sword.

Artefacts in the museum related to this history of service to a shogun and the Samurai way. Swords, weapons, tsubas, shield, armour and more were on display.

I would happily return to this slice of history of a time when the samurai were the law.
Written August 27, 2015
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GregB052148
Tarpon Springs, FL629 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The samurai house was not as big as we expected, but was very well preserved. The rooms and gardens all have a wonderful flow to them. Better to be there earlier in the day as the crowds grow in late morning/early afternoon and it can feel a bit crowded in the small corridors.
Written July 12, 2015
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204dallasb
Houma, LA, United States22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the displays about the Samurai history! The museum was organized well and displays were labeled with the information we needed and it was very complete. The museum was well worth the train trip from Akita!
Written December 15, 2019
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dianlaras
Bekasi, Indonesia60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
There are some houses of samurai where we can enter for free. But unfortunately most of the museum information is in Japanese, so we don't really understand about the history. But the place is beautiful with cherry blossom in front of the house.
Written May 18, 2018
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Danny C
Istanbul, Türkiye56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived in mid winter straight via Shinkansen to Morioka and immediate transfer. Kakunodate was just a 1 nite stopover for us and we walked there from JR St in heavy snowfall. The entrance to many of these museum were blocked. While it's possible to still walk past main entrance, the garden compound was filled with 3 feet of snow. The museum was probably still not open at that time so we did not get to see the inside. The stroll around town past the various spots were already a nice break but I Can imagine this place will be stunning in fall and spring
Written April 5, 2015
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a great spot to get the lowdown on these houses of the area (said to be best in Japan) and the history how it survived.
Written November 7, 2019
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Lilian Fujiwara
Chiba Prefecture, Japan1,158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This place is famous for beautiful sakura trees lining up the road. Must be an amazing sight during Sakura season. It was very green when we were there. It was interesting to see an archery site, museum and a shop that specializes all kinds of Sakura’s products. Many houses of the Samurai’s were open for show, only to pay a fee. Interesting to foreigners.
Written October 11, 2018
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Jittima P
937 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
It's about 15-min walk from Kakunodate station. Make sure that you visit before 17:00 because I went there when they were all closed. Anyway, the street was still nice to walk around.
Written August 7, 2018
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,342 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This museum is located in the middle of the samurai residence area. There was no one at the admission office and we were wondering if it was open when a waitress from the restaurant we had just eaten came and admitted us in. We had entered this museum to gather some advance knowledge before exploring the area as we usually do. We were let down because the displays of the museum seemed to be an assortment of mementos and letters related to the Satake Kita Family with very little description even for a Japanese resident. I personally don’t believe it worth overseas visitors paying the admission fee of three hundred yen that useful if at all. Looking at the reviews of some overseas visitors I believe it would be helpful if more information was added to the displays.
Written May 21, 2018
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