Kakunodate, “The Little Kyoto of Tohoku”
Kakunodate a city situated in the belly of Akita prefecture, offers beautiful traditional Japanese landscape.
The beauty of untouched nature and well preserved old samurai town creates a perfect harmony.
Since it’s situated in Tohoku, the northern region of Japan, there are all four seasons for one to enjoy.
In spring, the large cherry blossom trees bloom vigorously but with elegance.
In summer the trees glow radiantly green with the gleaming sunlight covering the earth.
In Autumn, the leaves turn red, yellow, orange… all vivid colors perfectly blend, illuminating the scene.
In winter, everything becomes silent with heavy snow drop creating a silver white wonderland.
And while every season repeats its routine, the traditional houses stay there obediently embracing all four seasons. This is how it has been in Kakunodate for nearly 400 years.
As it is called “The Little Kyoto of Tohoku,” Kakunodate began as the Kubota domain’s castle town in the beginning of the Edo Period. Well preserved samurai houses are scattered around along Uchimachi samurai quarter, situated north west from the Kakunodate station. A number of wooden samurai houses and gardens are preserved and open as small museums or craft shops and cafes. People can take a look at Samurai and their families’ former residences and grasp an image of how ancient Japan was like.
Kakunodate Samurai District
Akita, Japan 014-0325