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Kakunodate, “The Little Kyoto of Tohoku”

Posted By on Jan 24, 2016

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Kakunodate

Kakunodate a city situated in the belly of Akita prefecture, offers beautiful traditional Japanese landscape.

Kakunodate

Kakunodate

The beauty of untouched nature and well preserved old samurai town creates a perfect harmony.

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Kakunodate

Since it’s situated in Tohoku, the northern region of Japan, there are all four seasons for one to enjoy.

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Kakunodate

In spring, the large cherry blossom trees bloom vigorously but with elegance.

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Kakunodate

In summer the trees glow radiantly green with the gleaming sunlight covering the earth.

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Kakunodate

In Autumn, the leaves turn red, yellow, orange… all vivid colors perfectly blend, illuminating the scene.

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Kakunodate

 

In winter, everything becomes silent with heavy snow drop creating a silver white wonderland.

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Kakunodate

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.

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Kakunodate

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.

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Kakunodate

 

Kakunodate Samurai District
Kakunodatemachi, Semboku
Akita, Japan 014-0325 

 

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