Kakunodate Samurai Residence Akita’s sightseeing spots with its wonderful streets



Introduction of Kakunodate Samurai Residence

Kakunodate Samurai Residence is a castle town of Kakunodate Castle in Kakunodate Town, Senboku City, Akita Prefecture . The samurai residence group is the samurai town where samurai used to live.
Also called “Michinoku no Kyoto", it is a town where Japanese tradition remains.
In 1620, early in the Edo period, Yoshinori Satake 's younger brother, Yoshihiro Azuma, carried out a large-scale urban plan to relocate the castle town to his current location. Kakunodate flourished.

The samurai residence street where the samurai residences are lined up is called “Uchimachi" (Uchimachi). .
By the way, a merchant town is called “outside town" (Tomachi).

Kakunodate Samurai Residence Sightseeing

It is a popular tourist spot visited by many tourists as it has been selected as a preservation area for Kakunokan Traditional Buildings and a national preservation area for important buildings in Semboku.
Roads are also made wider for fire protection.
In addition, the road is not a pedestrian paradise but a living road for local people.
Please be careful not to walk in the middle of the road, as ordinary vehicles also pass through.


The Ishiguro Family (City-designated Historic Site) is the tallest house in Kakunodate’s existing samurai residence, and is the oldest building in Kakunodate’s existing samurai residence. .
Paid visits to the Ishiguro family are also possible to tour inside and receive explanations from descendants.


The visit is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and we are grateful that we are open all year round.
However, on the day of the visit, I entered the area up to the entrance, but the entrance seemed to be closed and quiet.


The Aoyagi Family (prefectural designated historic site) was originally a vassal of Ashina, but served as a Satake Kita Family because he was an excellent warlord.


The site of the Aoyagi family was quite large, and various things were displayed.

The building of the Aoyagi family is also very good.


I have seen samurai residences all over Japan, but I don’t remember much of them.
For tourists, there is also a free resting place and facilities for eating.

The Matsumoto family (prefecture-designated tangible cultural property) is a family member of the Imamiya family, and moved to Akita as a national replacement for Mr. Satake. It is also known as the location of the movie " Tsorebe Seibei “.

The Iwahashi family (prefectural designated historic site) is a middle-class samurai who also served the Satake Kita family, although it was 75 stones by Ashina.


It is said that there is a Kashiwa tree more than 300 years old, and that the movie “Toshibore Seibei" was filmed.

The Kawarada Family (a city designated historical site) was a vassal of the Ashina Family since the Aizu Period, and also served the Satake Kita Family. The garden with beautiful moss is also wonderful.
However, the gate was closed due to cultural property repairs.


The Odano family (city-designated historic site) is the family of an intermediate-level lord who became a vassal of the Satake Kita family under the control of Imamiya.


The premises of the Odano family looked as follows.
Lake Tazawa and the like were colored autumn, but Kakunodate seems to be in the future.

The residence of the Onozaki Family is located on the northernmost part of the Samurai Residence Street near Kakunodate Castle, and is a restored building, not an existing one.
He seems to have been a senior samurai.
The Ishiguro family can go up into the mansion, but other samurai residences enter the premises, walking in the garden or observing the inside of the house from the outside, you can not go up to the room.

In other words, there is a building called Kakunodate Samurai Residence Museum, which is a rumored B-class museum, but it was interesting.


There is also Satake Museum of History and Culture, but it was closed on this day.

“Weeping cherry tree", which is said to have been brought in from the birthplace of Kyoto by Yoshinari Satake, is designated as a national natural monument, but the entire town is also a famous cherry blossom spot.
Every year in November, the autumn leaves are wonderful, so they are lit up at night.


Transportation to the Kakunodate Samurai Residence

It is a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute taxi ride from Kakunodate Station on the JR Tazawako Line / Akita Shinkansen line to the samurai residence.
From Akita Airport, take the Airport Liner (shared taxi, reserved by the day before) to Kakunodate Station in 60 minutes.
Kakunodate Station has a bicycle rental (bicycle rental), so it is recommended, but please note that it is closed in winter due to snow and freezing.

The rickshaw is stationed in front of the Kaba Zaiku Denshokan on the samurai residence street.
Coin lockers are available at Kakunodate Station, as well as at the Kokunodate Tourist Information Center “Kakunodate Ekimae Kura".
Map of Kakunodate Samurai Residence