The Historic Towns of Kakunodate and Ouchijuku
Kakunodatemachi, Semboku, Akita Prefecture 014-0300, Japan
The Historic Towns of Kakunodate and OuchijukuThose seeking a quaint vibe and a bounty of cherry blossoms in spring will find both in Kakunodate. Founded in 1620 as a settlement for approximately 80 Samurai families, the wooden house district meticulously maintains its 17th-century residences, opening six to the public for tours. Similarly nostalgic and well preserved, Ouchijuku represents another Edo Period (1603-1867) norm: a former post town along a busy trade route. Its thatched roof buildings once provided shelter for weary travelers voyaging by foot, while its restaurants served up soba and locally caught fish—as they still do today.