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Samurai District

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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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We visited this historical district on the way to Tazawa Lake. The visit can be done on foot, take about 1 - 1.5 hours to have a quick look at the historical samurai houses. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Emmalively
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this historical district on the way to Tazawa Lake. The visit can be done on foot, take about 1 - 1.5 hours to have a quick look at the historical samurai houses. There are also souvenir shops to sell goods made from cherry trees.

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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Although the cherry blossom is over the area is still worth a visit. Houses take you back in to time and offer 1st hand experience of Samurai's lifestyle.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We have visited the Samurai district by mid-April while the weeping cherry trees were in full blossom. The site was full of people and the environment enjoyable. We have not time to enter and visit the samurai houses (entrance fees to some of the houses were free). Recommend visitors to come here early prior to the large crowds rushed in... More 

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bobo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

We went in the cherry blossom period but it is almost over. We can't see the most beautiful view but can imagine the brilliant view at full blossom. Since it is so famous for cherry viewing, it is really crowd if you arrive around noon time. I avoid the peak so went to the river bank first and return at... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Really good, a large number of 200 year old traditional Samurai houses many of which are open to the public for a small charge. We were there in early April pre Sakura sadly. In Autumn and at Sakura time and at the September festival it must be very special. Don't miss the museum/cultural centre which is a beautiful building in... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I recommend you visit during the festival. This is always held in September. It is quite a unique festival. Get there late in the afternoon so you can see the town and the floats in the light and then be there for the fun at night. Since this is a samurai town, the floats all have a samurai figure on... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

Old style Samurai houses are there. In Ishiguro family house they have a guide in English (surprisingly he is descendant of the family!). Beautiful chick houses on the quiet beautiful street. Recommend season : Cherry blossom season, Autumn leave season and fully covered with snow.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This place was amazing in Autumn -like much of Japan, season is everything and the colour that drapes this historical beauty is amazing. We loved this place which is essentially a very long street of old homes. Little museums, shops and food make it a good half day visit you will remember

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

A stroll along this street ks a step back in time and has not been spoilt........yet. I doubt it will be because only seasoned tourists and locals would make the journey. Simply a must see if you have visited Japan before. It must be STUNNING during cherry blossom!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

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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