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Travel Guide to Kakunodate: Akita's Charming Historic Town Featuring Samurai Residences & Weeping Cherry Blossoms

Surrounding Areas Of Akita Other Architecture

Nestled in Akita Prefecture and reachable by a single bullet train ride from Tokyo, Kakunodate is often referred to as Tohoku's "Little Kyoto." This quaint town boasts well-preserved traditional Japanese streets that offer visitors a glimpse into the country's rich history. The town's most prominent attractions include the impressive samurai residences and the captivating "shidarezakura" weeping cherry blossoms. Here, we delve into Kakunodate's fascinating past, highlight its must-see sights, showcase its seasonal beauty, and provide you with the best ways to get there.

Explore Tohoku in Winter With 5 Budget-Friendly Travel Passes (Local Recommended!)

Aomori, Hirosaki And Hachinohe Winter

During winter, the snow-covered Tohoku region offers a range of activities like skiing, picturesque hot springs surrounded by snowy landscapes, and traditional snow festivals with historical charm. Tohoku is well connected with efficient Shinkansen connections between Tokyo and its prefectures, and convenient access from Narita and Haneda airports, making it an ideal destination for winter travel in Japan. However, as the region is fairly large, it is recommended to use a travel pass for longer trips. Our author, who proudly calls himself "The Writer Who Loves Tohoku the Most in Japan," has lived in Tohoku and will recommend travel passes that allow you to explore the region safely and affordably.

Choice Spots

  • Aomori, Hirosaki And Hachinohe
  • Fukushima, Koriyama And Iwaki
  • Morioka, Hiraizumi And Hachimantai
  • Niigata And Sado
  • Sendai And Matsushima
  • Surrounding Areas Of Akita
  • Surrounding Areas Of Yamagata
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