Kakunodate Samurai District

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Hello, fellow travel enthusiasts. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you one of Japan’s quintessential spring scenes – the historic Samurai district of Kakunodate in Senboku City, Akita Prefecture, and its stunning cherry blossoms.

A Street Echoing History

The Samurai district in Kakunodate was established about 400 years ago by Yoshikatsu Ashina and later managed by the North House of the Satake clan in 1656. This street vividly retains its old architectural style and is designated as a National Important Traditional Building Preservation District. Walking here feels like traversing through time.

A Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms

A Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms

In spring, about 400 weeping cherry trees (Shidarezakura) bloom along the Samurai district street, 162 of which are designated as natural monuments of Japan. Some of these trees are over 300 years old. The best time to see these cherry blossoms is typically from late April to early May, during the “Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival,” which includes nighttime illuminations. Along the Hinokinaigawa River, a “tunnel” of Somei Yoshino cherry trees creates a mesmerizing sight.

Beauty Through the Seasons

Kakunodate offers breathtaking views not just in the cherry blossom season but throughout the year. The area transforms with lush greenery in summer, vibrant autumn leaves, and a snowy landscape in winter.

Local Flavors and Shopping

For a delightful break during your stroll, try some local sweets at the specialty Mont Blanc and pudding shops. The area is continually welcoming new stores, making it a joy for foodies.

Getting There

To reach Kakunodate Samurai District and Cherry Blossoms, it’s about a 20-minute walk from JR Kakunodate Station or approximately 40 minutes by car from the Akita Expressway Omagari IC.

The Samurai district and cherry blossoms of Kakunodate offer a rare glimpse into Japan’s rich history and natural beauty. I highly recommend a visit to this hidden treasure.

Until our next travel story, take care!


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