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Samurai District

Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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really enjoyed this district, locals really friendly, best tea ceremony and tasting tea i have had... read more

Reviewed May 9, 2018
joiner_13
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Peaceful and Beautiful Town

We visited the town in early winter and many shops and samurai houses we're not opened. The town... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2017
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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.
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  • Poor2%
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Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Of course it's best to be here in sakura season (we were a week before peak) but it's worth a visit any time of year. Enjoy a nice stroll through the district, with several museum options and multiple stores and restaurants. Walk again at night...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2017

Several preserved Samurai house are open to the public (admission not cheap), but definitely worth a visit if you are here for the cherry blossoms - the roads in the area all have the weeping cherry trees in abundance and the houses themselves are culturally...More

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Reviewed May 27, 2017

Pretty area but unfortunately most of the cherry blossoms had faded and dropped. Still there were many beautiful cherry trees in the Samurai district. All trees along the river had dropped almost all of their blossoms. Extremely crowded during Golden Week with a party atmosphere.

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Reviewed May 4, 2017

We have again visited Kakunodate by late April and lucky enough to see the beautiful weeping cherry trees along the street with traditional samurai houses. There were many visitors strolling along the street taking photos or viewing individual houses. The atmosphere was really calm and...More

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