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Samurai District

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Address: Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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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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the flowers steal the show

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KLsWanderlust
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 sort of play, but we could not follow the story but still fun to watch.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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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 and their significance despite their limited english. There's a restaurant along the way named Sakura... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
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 take it all in. You could easily walk the street in 15 minutes, but it's... More 

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Thank JudyGraham
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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.

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Thank Kevin H
Warrington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
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 visiting.

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Sapporo, Japan
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

It's so beautiful road to see. Amazingly you can see 6 old houses Samurai family lived. Please have a look inside and enjoy time travel to Edo era. The house of Aoyagi which is the largest one is Samurai Manor Museum now. There are a lot of things to see, so entrance fee is 500yen. The house of Ishiguro's entrance... More 

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Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Under the Tokugawa shogunate, samurai were restricted to towns and cities, so samurai houses are not found countryside. Only two houses are available for exploring the interiors on this broad street with high wooden gates and lovely gardens. The Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum is a large complex with several out buildings and some very nice shops. One has beautiful wares... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Abut a 15-minute walk from the station is the street with the samurai houses. The long street of black-painted fences oozes privacy, and this is reflected in the fact that only a few of the houses on the road are open to the public. Only one was open when we visited. You could only see part of it as a... More 

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2 Thank IThkg
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Old samurai houses are just beautiful. Some of them are open for public. Walking around the area is a pleasure. Souvenir stores and restaurants in the district are discreet which I appreciated very much. I would def come back in the cherry blossom season.

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1 Thank Nobu O
Niigata Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

It took about an hour and a half to get to Kakunodate Station from Akita using local train(1320 each way). From the station everything is accessible on foot, I recommend stopping at the tourist office and get a map that will show you where to visit. Some of houses are private residences so you cannot enter, the map lets you... More 

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