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Exceptionally Beautiful

You can see what life was like for the Samurai (or at least how they lived) here in this village... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Shanghai Region, China
Quiet Tree-Lined Samurai House Zone

Interesting to see how the samurai lived! High season is during cherry blossoming. Craftsman... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2018
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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.
Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

This district is one of the better ones I have visited in Japan. The Samurai houses are a real drawcard and give a real insight into how the Samurai and their family and retainers lived. The different entrances to the houses used according to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

northern japan is extra special because you can enjoy the beauty without all the over the top tourism along the typical tokyo-kyoto-osaka route. once you've done the typical route a few times its time toe explore the north and south. the samurai district in kakunodate...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

You can see what life was like for the Samurai (or at least how they lived) here in this village. It's a bit touristy and yet deserted at the same time. There's a lot of walking and very little to transportation except taking a taxi...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank J H
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Interesting to see how the samurai lived! High season is during cherry blossoming. Craftsman working on cherry bark items and woven goods. Excellent Museums, including one with art deco glass collection including a Picasso!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 9, 2018

really enjoyed this district, locals really friendly, best tea ceremony and tasting tea i have had, area steeped in history and the locals are more than happy to help and explain.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed December 9, 2017 via mobile

We visited the town in early winter and many shops and samurai houses we're not opened. The town was very peaceful and beautiful.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 15, 2017

The Samurai district of Kukunodate is well worth the trip. The town itself is very beautiful and easily walkable. About six the homes from the late Edo period can be viewed for a small fee. The Ishiguro, Aoyagi and Nishymiya can all be seen. The...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful small town, a variety of samurai homes from late Edo period to explore and visit, most for a fee. Enough restaurants and souvenir shops to get the basics except a samurai sword!! Likely best visited during spring when the cherry trees blossom along the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 28, 2017

There are a number of houses open to the public and for some you must pay a fee but it is a fascinating step back into Japanese culture. Shoes off but you are free to wander around, take photos and, in one house, handle a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

You will enjoy strolling along the Main Street with many ancient samuri homes, some of which, I understand, are still occupied by descendants of the original families. I was struck most by the elaborate gates or temple-like archways.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Emma D
Derby, United Kingdom
Detailed Itinerary up for critique! (5 Replies)
Hi all, my partner and I are travelling from the UK to JApan for the first time in October. We are lucky to have 15 full days. Below is our itinerary. Please rip it apart, say which bits need a total rethink, etc. We will be getting a 14 day JR pass and travelling in October. Many thanks. Day 1: Flight day Day 2: 7:15am Land at Haneda Airport Swap voucher for 14 day JR Pass with activation for tomorrow. Monorail and train to Akihabara - hotel is nearby so store luggage here until...More
April 26, 2017|
Response fromEmma D|
Thanks for that response. We will definitely check out Okayama. I'm just very wary of "squeezing" in too much. I am very analytical about itineraries and have already drawn up daily plans complete with pictures, budgets and train times complete with the service and platform. Possible a tad too much...?!! My partner says I need to leave some time for spontaneity and just chilling. I hope this itinerary allows that!
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Japan trip itinerary, revisited! Questions about Kiso Valley (4 Replies)
Hello, I had posted an itinerary for my husband and I, who are taking a trip to Japan for the first time next June, coming from San Francisco. We have slight flexibility about how much time to spend, meaning give or take a day, but plan to stay for about 18 days total. We are interested in basically everything but have a strong love of older and more traditional Japan (probably one too many Akira Kurosawa movie). We are both educators, about forty years old. I had posted an...More
October 01, 2016|
Response fromAqusite|
Or another option would be Narai? I think that the Japanese post towns in the Alps are all very stunning, but I cannot find much accommodation info about them. Would they make a better day trip from somewhere else? They are far from Kanazawa, too far for a day trip, but maybe there is somewhere in the middle to stay? Nagano? Matsumoto? But then arises the question of what to do with our luggage… very tricky problem! And the next day, we want to go to the monkey park (but that could be...More
Lisa B
Derby, United Kingdom
First Pass at our 6 week itinerary.... (3 Replies)
Hi All, This is the first pass at our itinerary. Its very much open to suggestions - but I just wanted to get a good spread of locations and nights to spend in each. the only firmed up part is Hong kong and Tokyo. I know theres a lot more things to do in all these places I'm looking at, but have just put the definites below - still a lot more reading to do. Fly London to Hong Kong 29/4/19 - stay hong kong for 6 nights. Fly Hong Kong to Tokyo. Return flight to London on 8/6/19. Toyko...More
August 24, 2018|
Response fromLisa B|
Sorry - spotted an error. Were flying into Miyazaki - but not sure where to stay. Not sure if Miyazaki is worth a two night stay. Maybe thinking Kirishima or Kagashima....?