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Kakunodate 
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Weeping cherry trees in the samurai district

 
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Kakunodate is a former castle town and samurai stronghold in today's Akita Prefecture. While Kakunodate Castle no longer remains, the town is famous for its samurai tradition and its hundreds of weeping cherry trees (shidarezakura).

Apart from the loss of its castle, Kakunodate remains remarkably unchanged since its founding in 1620. The town was built with two distinct areas, the samurai district and the merchant district. Once home to 80 families, the samurai district still has some of the best examples of samurai architecture in all of Japan.

Kakunodate is also well known as the location of one of the Tohoku Region's most popular cherry blossom spots. Around late April and early May, large crowds of people come to see Kakunodate's special combination of pink blossoms and historic homes.

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Attractions
Central Kakunodate
 1  Cherry Blossoms
Kakunodate is a famous hanami spot.
User rating: 93/100 (48 votes)
Visited by: 95 users
 2  Samurai District
Beautifully preserved former samurai district.
User rating: 80/100 (74 votes)
Visited by: 139 users
 3  Merchant District
District formerly reserved for merchants.
User rating: 72/100 (31 votes)
Visited by: 67 users
 4  Kakunodate Castle
Not even ruins remain of the former castle.
User rating: 69/100 (20 votes)
Visited by: 56 users
  
Near Kakunodate
 1  Nyuto Onsen
Wonderful rustic hot spring resort.
User rating: 94/100 (39 votes)
Visited by: 74 users
  

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English Links
Semboku City
Official English website of Semboku City, where Kakunodate is located.

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Semboku City
Official website of Semboku City, where Kakunodate is located.

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News and Reports
May 1, 2013
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April 29, 2012
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May 2, 2011
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May 6, 2010

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