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Samurai District

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Address: Kakunodatemachi, Semboku 014-0325, Akita Prefecture
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This historic neighborhood consists of wide, tree-lined streets with...

This historic neighborhood consists of wide, tree-lined streets with mansions built during the Edo Period, only six of which remain and are open to the public. The area is particularly beautiful in late April, when the cherry trees are in full bloom.

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we were disappointed the the samurai houses contained little in the way of displays all of which seemed to be in glass cases in the local very modern museum. They have certainly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We had a great time - visited two Samurai houses that showcased extensive collections of armor, weaponry and Japanese antiquities. Well worth the time spent. Nothing really for young children here, but my children (six aged two to fifteen) all found things to interest them.

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Warrington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

we were disappointed the the samurai houses contained little in the way of displays all of which seemed to be in glass cases in the local very modern museum. They have certainly missed a trick here as with better presentation they would really be worth visiting.

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Sapporo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

It's so beautiful road to see. Amazingly you can see 6 old houses Samurai family lived. Please have a look inside and enjoy time travel to Edo era. The house of Aoyagi which is the largest one is Samurai Manor Museum now. There are a lot of things to see, so entrance fee is 500yen. The house of Ishiguro's entrance... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Under the Tokugawa shogunate, samurai were restricted to towns and cities, so samurai houses are not found countryside. Only two houses are available for exploring the interiors on this broad street with high wooden gates and lovely gardens. The Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum is a large complex with several out buildings and some very nice shops. One has beautiful wares... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Abut a 15-minute walk from the station is the street with the samurai houses. The long street of black-painted fences oozes privacy, and this is reflected in the fact that only a few of the houses on the road are open to the public. Only one was open when we visited. You could only see part of it as a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Old samurai houses are just beautiful. Some of them are open for public. Walking around the area is a pleasure. Souvenir stores and restaurants in the district are discreet which I appreciated very much. I would def come back in the cherry blossom season.

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Niigata Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

It took about an hour and a half to get to Kakunodate Station from Akita using local train(1320 each way). From the station everything is accessible on foot, I recommend stopping at the tourist office and get a map that will show you where to visit. Some of houses are private residences so you cannot enter, the map lets you... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We visited this historical district on the way to Tazawa Lake. The visit can be done on foot, take about 1 - 1.5 hours to have a quick look at the historical samurai houses. There are also souvenir shops to sell goods made from cherry trees.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Although the cherry blossom is over the area is still worth a visit. Houses take you back in to time and offer 1st hand experience of Samurai's lifestyle.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

We have visited the Samurai district by mid-April while the weeping cherry trees were in full blossom. The site was full of people and the environment enjoyable. We have not time to enter and visit the samurai houses (entrance fees to some of the houses were free). Recommend visitors to come here early prior to the large crowds rushed in... More 

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