Travel Thru’ The Lens: Princess Cruises – Akita with Canon 760D
After a day of sailing on the ship, leaving Hakodate in the late evening, we reached the city of Akita in the morning. Akita (秋田県, Akita-ken) is a prefecture in the northern region of Tohoku. Its main attraction is its natural beauty found at Lake Tazawa and the town of Kokunodate.
Kokunodate (角館) is a famed Samurai village that is at its most beautiful during the Cherry Blossoms (Shidarezakura) and Autumn months. Founded in 1620, the town has remained untouched and that is why for those who are into history and culture, Kokunodate provides the visitors a look into how the warriors and their families lived in the days of Samurai. For someone like me who loves to shoot street, landscape and culture, Kokunodate attracts me more than the natural beauty.
In order to reach Kokunodate, we have to take a fairly expensive JR Bullet train ride from Akita train station to Kokunodate. Just go to the station ticketing office and get the tickets along the JR Akita Shinkansen (if you travel from Tokyo it will take around 6 hours for a round trip hence it is better to stay at the town overnight). From Akita it took us around 45minutes. Why is it expensive? It is the only train line that needs a reserve seat. It costs us about 3000 JPY in total per person (around S$35).
For more information about Kakunodate’s Samurai Houses you can check this link.