Samurai District, Semboku

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. Use our Semboku road trip planning app to visit Samurai District on your trip to Semboku, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Beautiful small town, a variety of samurai homes from late Edo period to explore and visit, most for a fee. Enough restaurants and souvenir shops to get the basics except a samurai sword!! Likely best...  more »
  • Library and went to see the fall foliage. Shinkansen station in enough good location, spacious large can see in a short period of time. Beautiful remains saved Samurai residence group large roads also haunts the flat is easy to. We enjoyed the spectacular fall foliage. Want to go again at the time of a cherry tree.
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  • And beautiful foliage this season. You can go out at night is lit up, it leaves. Samurai residence group, look in the cold cold air around the leaves. I feel very luxurious.
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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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