Kakunodate Samurai District is a well-preserved small town that used to house about 80 families. The broad streets and yards are filled with plenty of weeping cherry trees and they are one of the biggest attractions in early May, during the cherry blossom season.
Among the remaining samurai houses here, six of them are open for public viewing. Visitors will have a better understanding of how samurai households were when they look at the exhibits.
Best time to visit: All seasons
Kakunodate Samurai District (Odano Samurai House)
Address: Japan, 〒014-0300 Akita-ken, Senboku-shi, Kakunodatemachi, Higashikatsurakuchō
Operating Hours: 9am to 4.30pm
Closed: December to Mid-April
How to get there: Kakunodate Samurai District is about 20 minutes’ walk from JR Kakunodate Station. From Tokyo, take the JR Akita Shinkansen Komachi from Tokyo to JR Kakunodate Station in a little over 3 hours.