If you’re interested in experiencing untouched Japan, Tohoku in the Northeast part of the country has an abundance of history, rural culture and hospitality. Here you’ll find ancient towns and cities where there are many varieties of craft sake, beer and wine, farm-to-table meals, crafts, festivals and samurai culture.
Kakunodate is a small town in Akita prefecture with a well-preserved samurai district. On a stroll through Bukeyashiki Manors Street, one can appreciate the old buildings and get a sense of what life was like during the samurai period.
Hirosaki in Aomori prefecture is possibly the best cherry blossom spot in Japan alongside Kakunodate; both have an outstanding concentration of cherry trees, which rain their petals down at springtime and they are much less touristy than the ever popular spots like Hakone and Kyoto. Hirosaki also has an intact castle, which is still in its original form. One of our local experts can even arrange a private picnic near the castle during cherry blossom season (late April and early May in this region) along with music and sake.
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