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Historical town and former samurai stronghold

About Kakunodate
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Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival

Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival

Mid Feb

The Kakunodate Fire and Snow Festival (火振りかまくら Hiburi Kamakura) takes place in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture annually on..

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Dakigaeri Gorge

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Spring in Kakunodate

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At the end of a long winter, the folk in Kakunodate welcome the first cherry blossoms of spring with a joy in their heart. People..


About Kakunodate

Kakunodate (角館) 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.