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“Great side trip”
Review of Samurai District

Samurai District
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Semboku
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 July 2013

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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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Most people visits Kakunodate during Spring. Kakunodate is a famous spot among local and foreign tourists for hanami.
Winter? I embarked on a "snow country" trip this winter and Kakunodate was in my list. I have always seen her in spring, among the flowers in the midst of crowd. Lively and vibrant, bursting with colors. In Winter, it was a total contrast. Quiet and subdued, no crowd and only colors visible were black, brown and white.
I was alone on the famous samurai street, walking towards the Hinokinai River. It was late afternoon, as I want to be able to take some pictures before the lights fade, I hurried along.
I met with less than 5 people, all residents. Armed with my camera, tri-pod and backpack, I must looked kind of lost to them.
Who in their right mind, would want to take pictures of a half frozen river in the fast dying day?
Well, that would be me.
Anyway, the view was beautiful tinged with a wee bit of melancholy.
The banks of the river was out of bound, with snow so deep, I wouldn't want to risk my neck.
So I was contented to stand on the upper reach of the banks, breathing in the scene
I stood alone, along the river, taking in all the austere beauty of winter. For this one moment, I thought to myself, this beauty was mine alone.

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Reviewed 30 November 2012

The Samurai District was a sheer delight to see -- the construction of the homes, traditions, culture, crafts, etc took me back in time. A treasure haven of uniquely and distinctly crafted Japanese items (especially laquered cherry wood souveniers). Not to be missed well worth the visit. Note: Must visit before end of October.

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Reviewed 12 October 2010

Samurai district is about 2 blocks long, but beautifully preserved. Visiting one or two of the homes is good, or all of them if it catches your imagination. This sleepy town also has a few amazing craft shops. Also, just a lovely location

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