Winter in Kakunodate

Charm of winter, spirit of samurai

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

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

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is the Miyagi Prefecture Partner for Japan Travel and a longterm contributor since 2012 with a focus on the Tohoku region.  Justin has written extensively for JT, and other publications such as VisitMiyagi and Sake Today, amassing over 350 published articles introducing the travel and culture of the region. Justin's wealth of experience and knowledge comes from studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and promoting sake overseas for the government of Fukushima. Now Justin helps with inbound tourism and regional promotion while also enjoying his role as a volunteer tour guide in Sendai, the gyutan capital of the world.