Japan Budget Travel Blog

Kakunodate – Samurai Town

Kakunodate is cool place for a day trip in Akita, Tohoku. The town is well-known for its well-preserved samurai houses, many of which are open for visitors to enter. I got a chance to visit the town, and spend a good day exploring it with a free map available from the station. There are signs everywhere, so it’s really easy to have an adventurous day. Here are some highlights!

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 One of the many shrines dotted around the town.

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The ryokans (traditional Japanese hotels) also look super posh!

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Andojyozo Brewery has lots of free samples, plus a free ‘teyu’, a hot spring for your hands!

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One of the many samurai houses. Almost too many to see.

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The main street is lined with the samurai houses, plus some Japanese gardens and shops selling Japanese goods.

 More info can be found on our Kakunodate budget travel guide.