About the Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
The Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum is a 400 year old local samurai residence belonging to the prominent Aoyagi family. Beginning with the prestigious Yakuimon that was constructed in 1860, there are a variety of attractions on the 3000m2 grounds. Among them the must-see attraction is the Aoyagi-ke Omo-ya (the main building) which was built over 200 years ago. Other attractions include the Aoyagi-ke Buki-ko weapons storehouse where you can see the treasure of the Aoyagi family "Rokuju Niken Koboshi Kabuto" and the important cultural property "Akita Kyodo Tou". You can also see the Aoyagi-an where precious hanging scrolls, paintings, and ancient documents are displayed. Another facility to see is the Akita Kyodo-kan where you can see traditional farming implements as well as a unique house from the snowy regions of Japan. There is also a garden where you can see over 600 varieties of flowering plants as well as trees that are hundreds of years old. There are a lot of areas to see, so it’s recommended that you see as many as time permits. From late April into early May there is a new species of cherry tree that blooms here that is said to be the only one of its type in Japan, called the Aoyagi eight-petaled red weeping cherry. It’s a must see if you’re in the area during the right time.
After you’ve finished touring, you can visit the Inaniwa Korai-do where you can get the famous Inaniwa Udon which is a soup dish with over 300 years of tradition behind it, and at the Haikara-kan you can take a break while you try coffee made with Shinmei-sui water that comes from the mountain as well as "Sanazura Ice Cream" which is made with juice from natural mountain grapes. As a side note, coffee was served here during the Edo era (1603–1868) by Odano Naotake who was the same man who established the Akita ranga style of painting. He called it Nanban-cha ("Western Tea"), and it was a highly prized delicacy during that time.
Please note that from November to March the museum closing time is at 16:00.
On the Akita Shinkansen-Takawazo Line or the Akita Nairiku Jūkan Railway Akita Nairiku Line go to Kakunodate Station and from there you can walk there in 15 minutes. From in front of the station you can ride a rickshaw (Additional fee required) and it will get you there in 10 minutes. If you are coming by car, take the Tohoku Expressway to Morioka IC (盛岡) and drive 1 hour and 10 minutes from there, or on the Akita Expressway go to Kyowa IC (協和IC) and drive 30 minutes from there.
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|Sights||Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum (角館歴史村・青柳家)|
Higashikatsurakuchō-26 Kakunodatemachi, Senboku-shi, Akita-ken 014-0300
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0187-54-3257 / Fax: 0187-53-2006|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 500yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum