Kakunodate is a town in Semboku, Akita. Known as Samurai town (武家屋敷) and "The Little Kyoto of Tohoku".(みちのく小京都) On 2005, Kakunodate, along with the town of Tazawako, and the village of Nishiki was merged to create the city of Semboku.
Kakunodate Castle Ruins
Cherry BlossomThere are 400 Prunus yedoensis (ソメイヨシノ) trees on the embankment of Hinokinai River spans 2km, and 150 Prunus pendula (シダレザクラ) trees in Samurai town street.
Festival of KakunodateWill be held on 7 to 9 September every year. Festival has a history of 350 years. Many floats to move the town. People traditional dancing to continue behind the floats. When floats run into each other on the street, claiming the priority in the way that they hit each other floats.
phone: +81 187 54-2700In a sort of purification ritual, people whirl flaming pieces of straw on a string above their heads. Onlookers can participate if they like. If so, a hat covering one's hair is a good idea.
The Sasara Dance of Kakunodate"Sasara" is the local dialect for the traditional Lion Dance. The name comes from the sasara - wooden instruments placed during the dance. The dance's origins go back four hundred years, when the new lord Stake, arriving in exile from the south, had the dance performed in advance of his procession in order to drive away malevolent spirits. Now it is part of local O-Bon celebrations (mid-August), danced as a prayer for a good harvest and good health.
phone: +81 187 54-2527address: 9 Higashi-Katsuraku-cho, Kakunodate 角館町東勝楽丁9番Located in the Samurai town.
phone: +81 187 54-2784address: 34-8, Kodate, Kakunodate, 角館町小館34-8Inn only without meals.
phone: +81 187 55-5652address: 52, Hosogoe-machi, Kakunodate 角館町細越町52Minshuku by Japanese-style buildings. It is located in the northeast of Samurai town.