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Address: Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 187542700
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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
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Boise, Idaho
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Thank Linda N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank secret-traveler-ru
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
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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Thank p_alewood
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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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Thank Grant T
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

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3 Thank MrCustoms
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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1 Thank Paul C
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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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.

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1 Thank Greg B
New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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.

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