Kakunodate is a refreshing break in Northern Akita. Under its numerous high trees (pine-trees, cherry-trees and maples mainly), about 80 ancient samurai houses are to be found behind long black enclosure walls. The whole neighborhood dates back from 1620, and some samurai heirs are still living in some houses. The others are home to local craftsman shops or museum. And the landscape is of course one the 100 of Heisei Era.
How to get there?
Kakunodate is really easy to reach, thanks to the Kakunodate Shinkansen station, where the Akita Shinkansen is stopping (about 3 hours from Tokyo, 16500 yen, JR Pass OK). A cheapest way of getting there from Tokyo might be found using the Willer Express Highway buses (from 5000 yen). On its way to Akita city, the bus reach Omagari station, which is a short 20 minutes ride away from Kakunodate with the Tazawako line (320 yen).