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Kakunodate's Bukeyashiki District

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




Kakunodate in Akita is home to arguably Japan's finest district of bukeyashiki samurai residences. It's a beautiful area to experience throughout the year, whether to see the weeping cherry blossom 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, to be 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 period the bukeyashiki district is also illuminated daily between 16:30 and 22:00 so that you can have 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 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 the how this elite warrior class once lived. Immerse yourself further into this past world by renting a beautiful kimono outfit for the day so you can dress the part as you stroll around the town admiring the fantastic views and stopping by locals cafes.


How to get there


10 minutes walk from JR Kakunodate Station



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