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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
+81 187-54-1114
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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
Thank Janis857
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
1  Thank Doc687
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
Thank Waspy79
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
1  Thank Wanderering1
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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