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Experience samurai legacy

Once home to eighty samurai families, this post-town is home to some of Japan’s best samurai architecture, along with weeping cherry blossoms and lively festivals.

Discover Kakunodate

Immerse yourself in the preserved collection of grand samurai mansions and modest merchant homes that grace the wide main street, adorned with spacious gardens and neat fences. Embark on a guided tour to gain valuable insight into the lives of the samurai, renowned as skilled warriors with a mastery of various artistic disciplines. While the castle may no longer stand, the town remains home to the descendants of the samurai, including the Ishiguro and Aoyagi families.

Late spring brings a spectacle of weeping cherry trees, their candy-colored blossoms draping the landscape. Witness the local craftsmanship of polished cherry bark, a renowned craft in the area. During the summer, join the locals in experiencing the lively Lion Dance, known as Sasara-mai, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of drums and flute. In autumn, the streets come alive with Kabuki-themed floats, offering a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the town. Winter brings fire festivals, where bundles of rice straw are ignited to dispel malevolent spirits and pray for good health in the coming year, amidst the snowy days.

For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Omura Art Museum is a must, showcasing exquisite glassware. Discover a remarkable showcase of local crafts at Nishinomiya House, featuring tansu chests and lacquerware on display. Indulge in the flavors of the region by tasting the traditional miso at the historic Ando Miso Sauce Brewery. Gain a glimpse into the history of modern Japanese literature after the Meiji era at the Witness Shinchosha Memorial Literature Museum.

Kakunodate beckons with its preserved heritage, offering a window into the lives of the samurai and the craftsmanship of its artisans. Experience the beauty of the weeping cherry trees in spring, immerse yourself in the town’s cultural festivities, and explore the local museums that showcase the region’s rich artistic and literary traditions. This captivating destination invites you to uncover its treasures and savor its historical significance.

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