Kakunodate - samurai town
Kakunodate - samurai town Reviews
Kakunodate - samurai town Jul 13, 2009
Kakunodate is a small town in northern Honshu located on the Akita shinkansen line. This makes it easy to get to and from the town. The city is a historical town with lots of old houses from the era where the samurai worries where the superior class of the country.
When you arrive in the city you can walk the short way from the train station to the old samurai quarter where there are a few roads with many old samurai houses. Several of the houses can be visited for free but some of them charge an admission fee. I could not see any major differences of the free houses and the houses charging admission so I did not go to the houses charging admission.
The houses only got limited furnishing and the rooms seem to be mainly comprised of tatami mats a few tables and not much else. Inside the grounds of the different houses are often a gate between different parts of the property and these gates is really low - I doubt even small samurais would be able to walk through these gates without bending down considerable.
In addition to the samurai houses are several shrines and temples in the city and during the traditional cherry blooming season there are a walk along the river between rows of big cherry trees which should be very nice - but off season it is really hard to know what it will look like during the cherry blossoming season.
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