Admire Masterful Woodcrafting and Samurai Armor

The beauty of Japanese craftsmanship is on full display in Kakunodate

Even if you miss the mass bloom of cherry blossoms in spring, you can still appreciate the beauty of the cherry tree year-round at Kakunodate’s Denshokan Museum.

Kabazaiku, or the art of working with cherry tree bark, has been a traditional practice in Kakunodate for over 200 years. Here, you can marvel over a collection of cherry-bark crafts, from handmade tea canisters to medicine boxes and official seal cases. On certain days, it’s also possible to catch master craftsmen at work. Watch the ease with which they transform simple wood into a work of art, and let them teach you all about their time-honored techniques. Should you want to take home your own sakura-bark object, be sure to make a stop in the gift shop to peruse the selection of exquisite objects.

The museum is also known for its collection of samurai armor that once belonged to the Satake clan. After enjoying the museum, take a stroll around the historical townscape, which houses a number of well-maintained samurai residences that are open to the public.

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