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. 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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  •  It takes about 15 minutes on foot from Kakunodate Station to the samurai residence street. In front of it, the Nishinomiya family's mansion is open to the public. The Aoyagi family's mansion on the edge of the samurai house street is worth seeing. In addition, the ultimate Hinai local chicken parent and child bowl of the restaurant "Sakura no Sato" is a popular menu.  Not only the autumn leaves season, but also spring is crowded with many tourists as a famous spot for the three major cherry blossoms in Tohoku.
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  • This area brings back all the beautiful memories of the Edo era. When we walked in the main street where all the Samurai houses were located, it was like going back to history. It is a place highly re...  more »
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