Kakunodate – Samurai Town

Kakunodate is cool place for a day trip in Akita, Tohoku. The town is well-known for its well-preserved samurai houses, many of which are open for visitors to enter. I got a chance to visit the town, and spend a good day exploring it with a free map available from the station. There are signs everywhere, so it’s really easy to have an adventurous day. Here are some highlights!


 One of the many shrines dotted around the town.


The ryokans (traditional Japanese hotels) also look super posh!


Andojyozo Brewery has lots of free samples, plus a free ‘teyu’, a hot spring for your hands!


One of the many samurai houses. Almost too many to see.


The main street is lined with the samurai houses, plus some Japanese gardens and shops selling Japanese goods.

 More info can be found on our Kakunodate budget travel guide.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.