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Folklore Telling in Kakunodate, Akita

3 hours
up to 8 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)

Enjoy strolling the 400 year old Samurai town with black walls and white snow.
Be a member of Samurai Family to listen to the talk by a fireplace.
Listening in a warm traditional room in shivering Akita is one of the cozy relaxing relief.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Miwi.

  • Kakunodate Samurai Houses District
  • Listening to the folklore at the Iwahashi's House

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What to Expect

The winter view in Kakunodate town is astonishing. Enjoy the silence in snow and the warmth in houses. Suppose you don't understand what the speaker say in Japanese Akita dialect , don't worry that not many guests out from Akita would understand them. You have your guide interpreter who will translate them for you. If you wish your guide to interpret during the performance, JPY5000 will be required. You have to ask for special performance than the regular one without other Japanese guests. You may ask what time the performance to be held on your schedule. The folklore can be heard only before the end of March.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 12:30 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Kakunodate Station, Japan Railway
Ending Point Kakunodate Station, Japan Railway

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

JPY5000 for your private interpreter during the performance.
Entrance fee for some samurai houses.
Guide transportation fee for Kakunodate JPY5000.


Before March 31, 2019

Come and visit Tohoku the north-earstern Japan!
I can give you unforgettable memory of Akita and Aomori trip.
Shirakami Mountain Range, the First World Natural Heritage stated in Japan in 1993 is here.
Enjoy old traditional local lives of Japan which totally differs from that in big cities.

Tohoku is broad that I often must request you for my hotel stay.
Thank you for your understanding that the transportation and hotel fee may be required beside the guide fee. The place your tour guide lives is quite far from cities. The price depends on which city to go and ask me freely.

The folklore will be told in Japanese Akita dialect.
JPY5,000 required for the talk with translation.
You have to take your shoes off to enter the Samurai House.
Be sure to wear warm enough. Free rental rubber boots are available.
Book at least a week prior.
12:30 tour is recommended, but 10:30 also is available.
Ask more detail to your guide.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the price be saved?

Yes. If you enjoy the talk without English translation, you may save JPY5000. You can enjoy their regular performance for free on certain schedule.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 14 )
4.8 (14) Reviews
Very Good
Jan Jan Switzerland ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Couldn't be better ”

Having traveled to Japan a number of times and worked with a number of guides, I cannot emphasize enough how good a guide Miwi is. Her English is outstanding, and she is very conscientious in trying to accommodate all types of interests. In addition, she always followed up on questions and provided interesting background. Combined with her positive personality and quick laugh, it was a pleasure to explore Akita and Aomori with her.


My dear Jan & Lena! It had been unforgettable days for me too. It is my pleasure that I could share your experiences in Tohoku local foods, arts, history, local crafts and adventures in nature. I assume you guess you have already seen most of the must-see places in Aomori and Akita, I can show you a lot more in other seasons! Thanks for finding me through this TripleLights site. I wish to keep in touch with you to share more informations. I am so happy to hear you liked my tour guiding. Come back to Tohoku to enjoy more UNI, sea urchin (^_-)-☆ before you get starved. I will wait for the day I can see your Japanese garden.

James James Canada ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Wonderful Aomori Prefecture ”

Miwi was full of life and very energetic about Aomori Prefecture. Unfortunately the weather was a bit snowy and our ship was delayed a couple hours from docking. However, Miwi altered the itinerary a bit and we had a wonderful day with her and our group of 8 from the cruise ship. We visited many great places that would not be possible with a ship tour. We visited Goshogawara Tachineputa with its amazing 23-metre high floats for the August festival. This was definitely a must-see place. We also visited another festival location for the Nebuta Festival to see the difference between the floats and festivals. We also visited Tsuruta bridge in a beautiful setting and a brief stop where apples were being harvested and a chance to try one of their many apple varieties. The highlight of th... read more


Mr.James, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your day in Aomori. As you have mentioned, I also had been anxious about the weather and the delay of docking. We were lucky that the departure also had been delayed and your taxi was flexible enough that the taxi company also wanted you to enjoy Aomori. Thanks a lot that none of you were bothered by the coldness and snow of the day. I hope I have more chances to show you more Aomori amour country ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Thanks again to find me through this TripleLights, Miwi

Sherrill Sherrill United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Fabulous tour with amazing guide. ”

Miwi is a wonderful guide and a great person! She made our day fascinating and so informative! Maps, depictions on her drawing pad (even writing each of our names in Japanese characters!) seeking out experiences we never would have had trying to do any of this on our own! We were three hours late getting off the ship but she was there, waiting for us with her infectious laugh and amazing smiles! We saw everything on our plan and truly, it was a wonderful six hours with her. Her English is easy to understand and her information is great! We are honored to be her guests! We were blessed with great guides throughout our Japan cruise with our port by port arrangement of private local guides for touring. It would be very hard to pick ‘the best’ but if I had to choose, it would be Miwi. read more


Dear Ms. Sherrill! It is my honor I could show you my loving places and you enjoyed them. I also was amazed quite that we did see everything in your itinerary in spite of the three hours delay. It could be done because of your cooperation. I am so much appreciated and blessed you are my guests. I don't know if it is "in spite of" or "because of", it was an unforgettable day with a lot of incidents including the delay of the dock for me, too. I am looking forward I have at least another chance we are seeing each other again!

Bernd Bernd Germany ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ one day in Aomori ”

Miwi did organize our tour perfect in advnce and met us at the cruise ship Terminal with a very nice Taxi Driver. It was a very relaxing tour and we did See most of the local Highlights. The Hirosaki Castle, the Summer Festival museum and teh Japaners sword studio are a must. We thank Mewi for this nice day.


Hello Herr Berne! Honestly telling you, I had been anxious if I could let you enjoy the rainy day. Thanks for telling me you liked the itinerary. I would be happy if I have another chance to show you more in northern Japan. I’ll be looking forward you to enjoy all the moment on your adventure and we’ll see each other again. I tell your message to the Driver Takahashi-San.

Margaretha Margaretha Indonesia ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Tamagawa hot spring and natural hot bed rock is a must to visit ”

First met Miwi san in Akita airport, her laugher made my day with happiness, and felt welcome to Akita. She explains every thing in details. So happy to have her as our tour guard. Will come again to Akita .


My dear Ms. Margaretha and Family! I am already missing you and your family! I am so much appreciated to hear you enjoyed Aktia with me. I am literally looking forward to see you again. Keep smiling as you always had been, and I am sure we will have another chance to see each other.

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