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Samurai District

Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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Worthy Street-Long Visit

You will enjoy strolling along the Main Street with many ancient samuri homes, some of which, I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Naples, FL
A pleasant stroll through history

Of course it's best to be here in sakura season (we were a week before peak) but it's worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
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Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank ohgeorge
Reviewed 11 July 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

Thank LA4man
Reviewed 12 June 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

Thank Conrad N
Reviewed 27 May 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.

Thank bobe2
Reviewed 4 May 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

1  Thank YTCHENG
Reviewed 30 March 2017

The old samurai homes are interesting to be sure, but in Spring they are eclipsed by the sheer variety and quantity of flowers lining the streets - trees, hedges and gardens are awash in bloom. We also saw some characters with large heads performing some...More

Thank KLsWanderlust
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Went to the district in June. Weather was sunny but not sweat-inducing. There were no crowds, and I had a great time walking into these historical buildings. The staff at the houses were friendly as well and tried to describe the features of the buildings...More

Thank RolleingStone
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We walked the street during a snow storm, everything was in black and white. Simply stunning and surreal. You feel like you are stepping back through the pages of time. So much atmosphere and many homes to admire. It's nice to have the time to...More

Thank JudyGraham
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We had a great time - visited two Samurai houses that showcased extensive collections of armor, weaponry and Japanese antiquities. Well worth the time spent. Nothing really for young children here, but my children (six aged two to fifteen) all found things to interest them.

Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 23 October 2016

we were disappointed the the samurai houses contained little in the way of displays all of which seemed to be in glass cases in the local very modern museum. They have certainly missed a trick here as with better presentation they would really be worth...More

Thank Brucie32
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