What we'll do
Semboku is the city of Akita prefecture.
Akita Prefecture's Kakunodate is lined with the relics of a castle village and classic samurai residences, thus giving it the name "Little Kyoto." The area has received an official designation as a nationally protected group of traditional buildings and is particularly beautiful in spring. On this tour, you'll be able to fully enjoy the overflowing charm of Kakunodate and Lake Tazawako.
First, you'll have a chance to experience the elegance and emotion only found in the Kakunodate Samurai District of Little Kyoto.
Next, we'll visit the mysterious Lake Tazawako to explore famous historical places and ruins on the shores, and even take part in a cruise.
Lastly, we'll go to the "crane bath" onsen where we can relax after a day of travels like true Japanese!
Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
-600 yen for the onsen
What is included in the tour price
Kakunodate Samurai District
Known as the Little Kyoto of the North East, this is a beautiful district of samurai residences lined with rows of cherry trees. The main street, which stretches for roughly 720m, has received an official designation as a nationally protected group of traditional buildings. This street was home to high and middle-ranking samurai, and among its houses includes designated cultural treasures of Akita Prefecture, such as the Iwahashi Residence and the Aoyagi Residence.Show spot information
Lake Tazawako Lake is Japan’s deepest lake (the second being Lake Shikotsu and the third being Lake Towada) and was selected as one of the original 100 Landscapes of Japan. The area surrounding the lake is a designated prefectural nature park. The lake itself is roughly circular, with a perimeter of around 20km. On its shores, places of historical significance and ruins are enhanced by leisure spots.Show spot information
Tsurunoyu Onsen is a hot spring in Akita Prefecture. It is part of the Nyuto Onsenkyo hot spring area near the foot of Mt. Nyuto. The four baths at Tsurunoyu Onsen all feature different water compositions and provide various health benefits. In the 17th century, when the area was developed, a hunter is said to have observed a crane healing its wounds in the hot water of the spring; this gave the onsen its name, 'crane bath' (tsuru no yu).Show spot information
We will meet at the Toyota Rent-a-Car Kakunodate shop.
The shop is a 25-minute walk from JR Kakunodate Station.
To get there, follow Route 105 toward Omagari and turn right at the first intersection. The shop will be on the left.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.