During your Japan travel, I recommend the former Samurai house, “Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum” in Kakunodate, Akita, Japan!
On the 1st floor, I enjoyed my tea time with Sanazura ice cream (a vanilla ice cream with mountain grapes sauce) and a special coffee. The mountain grapes sauce was sweet and sour, so it matched well with the vanilla ice cream! The coffee was made of clear water taken locally. That was a relaxing tea time!
After visiting the Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, I continued walking around the Samurai District. While wandering there, I remembered some Japanese popular Samurai anime and movie scenes. haha! Then, I found a cute store selling cat items! The signboard and items sold there were all pretty cat goods. Enjoy!
There are not only historical Samurai residences but also many interesting shops and restaurants. Please take time in looking around the entire area! (^o^)b
Outside the Samurai District is called as a town of merchants. I found another cute shop! It sells homemade pudding! The area was full of good smell… Yummy!
At the shop below, visitors can experience wearing kimono (traditional Japanese clothes)! Since kimono is beautiful, you should try them on and take pictures for your memory and instagram! Have fun!
This beautiful place is Kura restaurant, where I had lunch. “Kura” is a traditional warehouse in Japan. People used to store food, things, and so on. You can learn more about “Kura” in our blog here!
I ordered roast pork lunch with miso soup (1300yen / *As of April 2023). It looks beautiful♪
In addition to this restaurant, many restaurants in this area serves Akita’s local dishes as Inaniwa Udon and Hinai-jidori (chicken). Don’t miss them! I hope many of you visit Kakunodate once in a lifetime and experience the Samurai era during your Japan travel!
~~~ Facility Info ~~~
Kakunodate, Semboku City, Akita, Japan
＊About 10 minutes on foot or about 5 minutes by car・taxi from JR Kakunodate Station
＊By Bullet Train: About 3 hours from Tokyo
＊By Bullet Train: About 45 minutes from JR Akita Station
＊By Train: About 1 hour 20 minutes (Change lines at JR Omagari Station)
＊From Akita Expressway (Akita-chuo IC): About 1 hour 10 minutes by car・taxi
＊From Akita Airport: About 45 minutes by car・taxi
Written by Naomi in Ugo
＊As of April 2023.