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Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

26 Katsunodatemachi Higashi Katuraku-cho, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
+81 187-54-3257
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A must stop in Kakunodate

If you travel to Kakunodate intending to capture the "samurai experience," this is a must stop... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2017
Janice L
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Orinda, California
Excellent.

If you can block the ever present tourists from your mind you'll find yourself looking around... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2017
Wanderering1
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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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The Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum is an impressive complex of buildings that depict the Samurai way of life from the 17th through 20th centuries. A wide variety of objects are on display including samurai swords, utensils, clothing, toys, hanging scrolls, pictures and documents.
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26 Katsunodatemachi Higashi Katuraku-cho, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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Reviewed December 8, 2017

If you travel to Kakunodate intending to capture the "samurai experience," this is a must stop. Lots of history here,

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Reviewed October 28, 2017

If you can block the ever present tourists from your mind you'll find yourself looking around waiting for the owner to walk through the door in his samurai regalia. The tatami mats are beautifully soft and lush under foot. The rice paper screens so delicate...More

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Reviewed September 25, 2017

This is a complex of buildings depicting the life of ancient samuri. Our tour of the main building was conducted by a direct descendant of the original family who settled or was sent here in the 1700s. The public areas of the house reflected life...More

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Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

The general samurai area was in general a bit disappointing. Only a few houses to see, and this was the better of the museums. The samurai sword practicing was a fib, you couldn't even fully lift a sword up. Good photo opportunity with a few...More

Thank den5lb
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Reviewed July 11, 2017

Very interesting and a good experience in Japan. The price of Y500 is reasonable for what you get. Many signs and guides in English but a little more information would have been nice.

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Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Well preserved houses and gardens of the life of a wealthy samurai (17th century, if I remember correctly) Worth a visit as it's also apparently the best known of the properties in this historic town. Great exhibitions of armors and swords. Fun part, you get...More

Thank Thomas T
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Reviewed May 27, 2017

Not much to see unless you're into the Samurai lifestyle Larger than most houses (actually several buildings plus the house). The house itself was mildly interesting and the armory housed interesting Samurai weapons with some English signage. There were also WWII Japanese military paraphernalia without...More

Thank bobe2
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Reviewed April 15, 2017

My family and I visited this place on the 12th of April 2017. We walked from Kakunodate station to Aoyagi manor. The walk roughly took us around 40 minutes (around 1.3km, slow paced, with photographing, and visiting shops along the way). The route to Aoyagi...More

Thank pholwatd
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Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

The tourist office recommended that we visit Aoyagi, as it's the oldest house in the district and it's an authentic Samurai house, descendants of the family still live there. While the house is small, we are taken through with a guide who has an English...More

Thank JudyGraham
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Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

My husband is obsessed with Japanese culture and history. This was the perfect place for him to immerse himself in both. We both learned a great deal and had fun. The area where this is located is also very beautiful with tall mountains in the...More

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