Kakunodate Castle

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When Lord Satake of Ibaraki was reassigned to Akita, the Ashina followed him deciding to settle in Kakunodate. The ruins of the original castle are on top of Mt. Furushiroyama North of the samurai quarter, but there is nothing left to see today.

The town of Kakunodate was originally located to the North of Mt. Furushiroyama. When Ashina Yoshikatsu became lord of Kakunodate he relocated the town to a more suitable location for developing a castle town. It's new location is surrounded by mountains on three sides and open to the Senboku plains to the South by the Tamagawa River. Kakunodate was once the largest castle town in the Akita region. The famous weeping cherry blossom trees were also brought to Kakunodate by the Ashina, descendents of Kyoto aristocrats.

Visit Notes

The samurai quarter is a must see any time of the year if you are in Akita, but it is most famous for its cherry blossoms. Hundreds of cherry blossom trees line the streets of the samurai district and the nearby river. The weeping shidarazakura cherry trees from Kyoto add an especially historic feel to the samurai homes. It is worth making the trip here from far away for the cherry blossom season. I visited during that time in 1998, but have no pictures available.


Castle Profile
English Name Kakunodate Castle
Japanese Name 角館城
Alternate Names Asakura-jo, Ryugasaki-jo
Founder Ashina Yoshikatsu
Year Founded 1620
Castle Type Mountaintop
Castle Condition Ruins only
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features samurai homes, castle town
Visitor Information
Access Kakunodate Station (Akita Shinkansen); 15 minute walk
Visitor Information
Time Required
Website http://kakunodate-kanko.jp/category/2015/04/post-34.html
Location Semboku, Akita Prefecture
Coordinates 39° 36' 24", 140° 33' 46"
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Year Visited 1998, 2004, 2018
Visits April, 1998; Aug 9, 2004
Added to Jcastle 1999
(13 votes)
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Kiddus i2003Ashigaru

24 months ago
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The streets were starting to be covered by Sakura which made the visit worthwhile. The Samurai houses were very interesting but very crowded due to the beginning of Hanami.


30 months ago
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Guido, I don't know offhand if there are any detailed records of what the castle was like, but I suspect it was a very simple fort with a couple baileys and simple wooden fences. The castle itself only lasted a few years until Kakunodate lost it's \right"to a castle in 1620. The castle town was developed out in a design to act as a large defensive network instead."""

Anonymous user #1

30 months ago
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Are there any historical records giving an idea of what the castle may have looked like?


54 months ago
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I agree with Frank, although Kakunodate is worth a visit, the castle itself is a bad joke. Nothing left. IMHO it does not deserve its rating 4/5.

Frank T.Gunshi

82 months ago
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The samurai quarter IS good, but you can see samurai quarters in other places more conveniently located and with castles to go along with them. I took the time to hike up to the actual site of the castle. It's a mosquito infested, overgrown lookout of the town with NOTHING else to see--not even stones.