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Kakunodate Samurai District
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There are seven residences preserved in this traditional architecture district that once belonged to upper and middle-class samurai during the Edo period. It's famed for the blackboard moss, weeping cherry trees and fir trees that line the wide streets. Tourism slows during the snow season, so you can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. The contrast of the black wooden fences and the white snow is outstanding and picturesque.
Kamisugasawa Kakunodate-machi, Senboku, Akita
Local foods include kiritanpo (mashed rice roasted on skewers), hinaijidori chicken, inaniwa udon noodles, homemade pickles, Kakunodate natto (fermented soybeans), coffee zenzai (sweet red bean soup), karan karan ice cream and more.
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