Kakunodate
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Kakunodate is an old castle town located on the northern part of the Senboku Plain. Located along the banks of the Tamagawa and Hinokinaigawa Rivers and cradled on three sides by mountains, this town is known both for its historic samurai mansions and the beautiful blossoming cherry trees that line the streets. Popular with tourists from all over the world, it has an atmosphere truly appropriate to its nickname of “the Little Kyoto.”
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Ginney55
Sebastopol, CA43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is a great old samurai town with many old buildings to visit. However, we visited after the cherry blossoms, so it wasn’t as spectacular. Each house charges to go in so you can’t see everything. Also, there were no good restaurants open without a reservation in the town. So we were frustrated at night. if you go make a dinner reservation before you arrive.
Written 6 May 2023
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mmaarraaa
133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I loved visiting the Samurai street and seeing how they lived. I didn't know much about samurais before going here and it was such a good learning experience. A must do when visiting this region! I can only imagine how beautiful it just look with the sakura in bloom.
Written 5 August 2020
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Yan C
Hong Kong, China883 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The place is famous for cherry blossom in Spring and its old samurai houses. To come here in autumn for the momiji season is a bit disappointing. A walk along the river bank under the trees is still quite pleasant but there are not that many autumn leaves to build up an attractive scenery. The old samurai houses are still there to be visited. But, the many commercial outlets have ruined the serenity and the otherwise unadorned origins of an old town. On the other hand, the commercial elements - the sakura flowers and the tourists - are not here to create a lively atmosphere. A sort of falling between two stools.
Written 12 November 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
One word does not describe Kakunodate, for it is a day trip at a minimum from Akita City. It is renown for it Cherry Blossoms in the spring and don't leave out the maple leaves of so many colors in the fall.
Written 7 November 2019
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Sarah B
Tacoma, WA75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
My sister and I had originally planned to spend our 2 days in this area hiking Nyuto/Hachimantai and Akita-Komagatake... but unfortunately the rainy season lingered and so we got tired of being soaked and fighting our way through the muddy/jungly terrain. Having basecamped at semi-remote Kuroyu Onsen (see separate review), Kakunodate was a one-hour drive south - but the driving was easy compared to other routes we did in Hachimantai. We had not planned this side-trip so we visited the very helpful tourist information/office first. My sister does speak Japanese - so that made things easier. We were given some English summaries/maps of the samurai houses - and specific advice to visit the museum house first (which cost about $5 equivalent each) and allocate an hour/most of our available time there (this was fairly accurate). We were also advised to drive to the samurai house district since we were told walking the whole route alone was a couple hours. Although we were told there was free parking, we somehow didn't find it at first - and paid $3 to park along the river (where there are many cherry trees that bloom in the spring); after heading out on foot, we actually did find a small free parking lot by the public restrooms that had room. We hit the museum first. I haven't studied or seen samurai gear much so seeing all that was the most interesting to me. The extensive gardens/grounds (with at least a dozen different buildings) were also impressive. We visited about 5 other free-to-enter samurai properties; most were smaller and simpler - and you could only walk around the exterior of the single-structure grounds. There were also lots of nice eating establishments in the samurai district - and, overall, it is a really cute area for tourism. We did enjoy an umeboshi (pickled plum) soft serve ice cream and we bought lots of low-cost handkerchiefs for coworkers. We were one of probably 20 small groups walking the same route of houses - nearly all others were Japanese families.
Written 14 August 2019
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Lilian Fujiwara
Chiba Prefecture, Japan1,158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you would like to see drooping Sakuras which look like Japanese willow, this is the perfect time and it is in full bloom. It was raining today but could be lovely when it is a fine day. Also the walk before reaching the road of these Sakuras by the riverside normal Sakuras trees are in full bloom. Real amazing sight. Yes, we even got to meet Akita dog at the tourist spot, he was on display.
Written 27 April 2019
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usacobbler
Dublin527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
I took the train to get there and it was about a 20- 30 min walk to the first house I went to see which had been suggested in many forums. The street the samaurai houses is on is so peaceful and it must be amazing when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom since the street is full of these trees on both sides of it. I wasn't lucky enough to see it since they were not out yet which may also account for why it was not very busy. The samaurai houses are marked out and do your research in advance to figure out which ones you want to see because there are fees between 400 - 500 yen for each one so it can get a bit expensive quickly. I found the info for English speakers to be good and I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Three to four hours should be enough tome although if you stop at one if the many restaurants this will add to the time. The gift shops ranged from cheap to expensive and I found some great gift for family and friends there. In short, this really is a must if you are anywhere near the area. Personally I couldn't believe how few people where there but because of how the cherry blossoms were not out this may be the reason for this.
Written 18 April 2019
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GraftonRiverguide
Grafton, Australia522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Whilst calling this the 'Kyoto of Tohoku' is a fair stretch Kakunodate should be visited in your tour of this region. The Samurai village and merchant area are concentrated in a relatively small area and it makes it easier to visualise what it may have looked like in earlier eras. The setting alongside the river is not particularly appealing during autumn but must be stunning during the cherry blossom season. I would imagine that there would be year long crowds here but given it was peak autumn viewing time the number of visitors did not make it difficult to move around. Kakunodate is set in a particularly beautiful part of Tohoku and could be used as a base to explore other surrounding districts.
Written 20 November 2018
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Leung L
Hong Kong, China271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
It's a lovely area suitable for couples and families. So many interesting things you can do during the visit, including shopping, leisure walk, drinks and snacks, and visiting the past through the samurai houses.
Written 1 November 2018
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AndyandCathy
Canberra171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
I enjoyed walking around imagining what it would have been like to have lived here a few centuries ago. I suggest you only go into one of the Samurai houses as they are "same same" - one will give you the idea. I enjoyed seeing some of the locals in traditional robes. If you are travelling to or from Akita (from Morioka) it is worth stopping here for a few hours - you will need to allow for a good 20 minute walk from the station - it is well sign posted as you go. Else there are taxis if you are short of time. Worth seeing if you are in the area but I wouldn't make a trip here if it was too out of the way unless this was your thing. I did it in Summer and there was not too many people - I had greenery not blossoms but was happy with that. An enjoyable experience.
Written 23 June 2018
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