Kakunodate in Akita Prefecture is famous for its samurai history. Walking the wide streets and stepping inside some of the bukeyashiki samurai houses during the cherry blossom season or colorful autumn recreates an image right out of the Edo period. Winter also offers its own unique charm. Snow covered trees, main street covered in a light white blanket, and icicles hanging timelessly from the eaves of roofs are memories only those which brave the cold can enjoy. Winter in Kakunodate can be best viewed from mid January to mid March.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.