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Experience Japanese History in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture

Akita Prefecture has many tourist attractions. Here are some of the best spots in Kakunodate, Semboku City, which is also referred to as the little Kyoto in Michinoku area.


Kakunodate is a former castle town located on the northern part of Senboku plains. Because the historical atmosphere from the old days is still present, it has been named “little Kyoto in Michinoku area”. The town is famous for its samurai tradition and for its numerous cherry trees. The well preserved Samurai District is a must-see.


Weeping cherry trees along Bukeyashiki street go full-bloom in spring, creating a beautiful scenery.


The yoshino cherry trees along the Hinokinaigawa Tusumi, the river bank of the Hinokinaigawa river, are breathtakingly beautiful when they go full bloom.


Okori is one of the most popular souvenirs from Kakunodate-machi. Okori is an example of birch craft, the traditional Japanese art of making tea boxes and other small objects by using the bark of a cherry tree. This is certainly a beautiful souvenir that will make you appreciate the artisans' talent and effort.


In the Merchant District, you can find the Ando Jozo Miso storehouse, designated as a tangible cultural property. Not only it is considered to be the oldest storehouse in the Tohoku area, but the shop still sells traditionally made miso and soy sauce. The houses in the surrounding area are also quite old, so this is a good place to appreciate Japanese traditional architecture.

Taking a walk in the streets of Kakunodate is a nice way to get immersed into Japanese history. But if you are too tired to walk, there is a rickshaw service called Kakunodate Jinrikisha, which will let you enjoy the town from a different perspective.

Official website of Semboku City

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