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Samurai District, Semboku

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Head back into an important and iconic part of Japanese history during a walk through Samurai District, an area of town that once housed 80 samurai warriors and their families. The well-preserved buildings sit on wide, tree-lined streets, giving the district a peaceful atmosphere. With some dating back to the 17th century, the buildings here stand as remarkably well-maintained archetypes of contemporary architecture. Six of the houses remain open to the public, and each gives an impression of the lifestyle, fashion, and traditions of their inhabitants, while also now containing museums, gift shops, and restaurants. For Samurai District and beyond, use our Semboku vacation planner to get the most from your Semboku vacation.
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Traditional Japanese lodges and ryokans dot the picturesque forest landscape of Semboku's Nyuto Onsen, a popular hot spring resort, offering outdoor baths and quaint designs. In Kakunodate, famous for its historic samurai houses, you can find several simple guesthouses, especially near the train station. A number of private lodges, inns, and dormitory-style hostels lie scattered in the surrounding hills, mostly close to ski slopes and mineral hot springs.
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  • Several preserved Samurai house are open to the public (admission not cheap), but definitely worth a visit if you are here for the cherry blossoms - the roads in the area all have the weeping cherry t...  more »
  • Pretty area but unfortunately most of the cherry blossoms had faded and dropped. Still there were many beautiful cherry trees in the Samurai district. All trees along the river had dropped almost all ...  more »
  • We have again visited Kakunodate by late April and lucky enough to see the beautiful weeping cherry trees along the street with traditional samurai houses. There were many visitors strolling along the...  more »