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Kakunodate’s Bukeyashiki District

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Enjoy the fall colors of this castle town against the backdrop of historic samurai residences




Kakunodate in Akita is home to  Japan’s famous district of bukeyashiki samurai residences. It's a beautiful area to experience throughout the year, whether to see the weeping cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green foliage in early summer, or the snowy scenery of winter. However, many consider kōyō, the autumn season from late October to early November, the best time to visit as the leaves of the maple trees, turning vivid shades of red and gold, create a dynamic contrast with black wooden fences surrounding the samurai houses. During this season, the bukeyashiki district is also illuminated daily between 16:30 and 22:00 so you can enjoy the dramatic nighttime views of the fall colors.
Sometimes referred to as a 'Little Kyoto,' the quaint atmosphere of this old castle town can be most keenly felt in the bukeyashiki district. Some of the samurai residences, which date back to the Edo period (1603–1867), are open to the public, and display historical materials such as artworks and samurai swords that have been handed down for generations. Through these beautifully preserved items you will gain a strong impression of how this elite warrior class once lived. Immerse yourself further into this past world by renting a beautiful kimono for the day so you can dress the part as you stroll around the town admiring the fantastic views and stopping by local cafes. 


How to get there


It takes about 3 hours from JR Tokyo Station to JR Kakunodate Station on the Akita Shinkansen. It is about a 15-minute walk from JR Kakunodate Station. 


Omotemachikamicho,  Kakunodate-machi, Semboku-shi, Akita-ken


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