We stopped on the way to the Lake Tazawa area... The train stop is immediately prior coming from Akita. It's an easy 15 minute walk from the train station and there are big lockers available for luggage; the visitors center there, in an old samurai era warehouse, has a sign offering to Stille luggage.(Stop for and English map.) If you arrive around lunch time as we did, I suggest eating at the unusually upscale ramen house next to the Samurai house museum (which is skippable). It is expensive for ramen (about 1000 yen or $10) but the atmosphere and flavor are worth it; the building was the samurai children's school. Then proceed to Aoyagi Samurai House up a block or so (the road jogs just prior) and the one just past it, which is still operated by 12th generation family members.
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