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Kakunodate Samurai District and Lake Tazawa (Private Tour from Akita City)

by Akiko
(5) Reviews
7h $ 300 Price up to 8 people


  • Kakunodate Samurai District (Ishiguro House, Aoyagi House, Gardens at Kawarada and Odano Houses)
  • Lake Tazawa

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300.46 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior


This is a private tour by van from Akita Port/JR Akita Station/Akita Airport to visit Samurai District in Kakunodate and Lake Tazawa. Six samurai residences remain in Kakunodate, making it one of the best places to see an example of a Japanese castle town. Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan, and its sapphire-blue lake is astonishingly beautiful.

What to Expect

1. Kakunodate
--Ishiguro House: The descendant still lives in this house, and he can greet you at the entrance! The Ishiguro Family was the highest rank samurai family existed today in Kakunodate.
---Aoyagi House: In its large estate, there are the main house and six museums where you can touch some of the arms. There is a restaurant where you can try Akita speciality noodle called Inaniwa-udon, and an antique shop.
---Kawarada and Odano were middle class samurai and their beautiful Japanese gardens are now connected and you can walk in the gardens.
2. Lake Tazawa
As the lake is the deepest in Japan with its depth of 423.4 meters, the color changes from jade green to indigo blue, depending on the season and the depth of light that penetrates the water. The lake doesn't freeze even in winter.

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  • Kakunodate Samurai District (Ishiguro House, Aoyagi House, Gardens at Kawarada and Odano Houses)
  • Lake Tazawa


You can enter in several Japanese rooms at Ishiguro Samurai house, but you need to take off your shoes.

What‘s included
guide fee only.
What‘s not included
Van (approximately 45,400 yen)
Admission fees: Ishiguro House (400 yen/person), Aoyagi House (500 yen/person).
Guide transportation.
Meeting Point
Akita Port, or JR Akita Station, or Akita Airport
Ending Point
Akita Port, or JR Akita Station, or Akita Airport
7 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 5 )
Loreta Delia Loreta Philippines ( Family with kids )
5 months ago

“ A Good Day at Hakoda Ropeway, Boat Ride at Lake Lowada and Falls at Oirase Gorge ”

Me and my daughter(15 yrs old) had a great time with Akiko, she's organized. She met us up in the hotel on time, travel straight to the spots and explains while travelling. I did learn a lot about Aomori and when to visit best Aomori again. I will surely choose Akiko again.


Loreta, It was very nice seeing you again near the train station the other day! Happy to learn that you enjoyed the one day excursion outside the city. I hope you visit Aomori again during the different season next time. Thank you again!

Maria Maria Canada ( Friends )
5 months ago

“ Gorgeous cherry blossoms with a lovely guide ”

Akiko's English is excellent - the best of any guide we encountered in a 3 week tour through Asia. She was well organized, exceedingly pleasant and arranged a perfect day for us. Our experience began with great communications prior to our departure arranging a private itinerary, Akiko provided immediate answers to any questions. She was interesting and informative. Everything she had arranged was first rate. Bravo Akiko and thank you. Our tour of Hirosaki was the highlight of our visit to Japan.


Hi, Maria, I am so happy to learn that all of your group enjoyed that beautiful day in Hirosaki. It was really the best day of the season. Thank you so much for your nice comment.

Daniel Daniel United States ( Family )
11 months ago

“ Mahalo Akiko! Aomori Automn Tour ”

Akiko provided our family with a "world class" tour of autumn colors in Aomori! Arrangements and schedule were seamless, and the background history she provided at each attraction was outstanding. Thank you Akiko for making our tour in Japan most memorable! Aloha, The Date Family.


Aloha Dan, Thank you so much for your generous comment! I am very happy that you enjoyed one of the best autumn days in Aomori, and also tasted Aomori apples! Best wishes to you and your family. Akiko

GRAHAM GRAHAM United Kingdom ( Couple )
Very Good
11 months ago

“ tour of akito ”

We enjoyed a pleasant day with Akiko. She very knowledgeable and very kind to my wife who is disabled. If we were to return to Japan we would certainly contact here again to do a future tour.


Hi, Graham, thank you for your very nice comment. I hope you are enjoying your next trip. Warmest regards to you and Sylvia. Akiko

Caroline Caroline United Kingdom ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Akiko went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our trip ”

Akiko spent a lot of time organising and researching so that we had a perfect day. We had a fabulous time and enjoyed the special effort made by Akiko. Our agenda went smoothly and we had the best opportunity to spend time at the Samurai houses with the families before it became busy. I would recommend Akiko to anyone looking for a tour as you will be very well looked after.


Hi, Caroline, thank you for your nice comment. I hope you have returned home with a lot of wonderful memories. Again, thank you for choosing my tour. Next time I hope you would have more time in Tokyo. Best wishes to you all. Akiko

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