Kakunodate Station

Kakunodate Station 角館駅

JR Kakunodate Station with Akita Nairiku Jukan Station in background
JR Kakunodate Station with Akita Nairiku Jukan Station in background

Kakunodate Station is in the Kakunodate district of Senboku City, central-eastern Akita Prefecture - a district famous for its streets of elegant preserved samurai houses.

Kakunodate Station is the last stop on the Akita Nariku Line (the sole line operated by the Akita Nairiku Jukan Railway) which goes 94km north as far as Takanosu Station, and the Tazawako Line (JR East) which the Akita Shinkansen Komachi ("mini shinkansen") trains also run on. Kakunodate Station is operated as a a not-for-profit venture, with involvement by Akita Prefecture.

Kakunodate Station's architectural design makes the most of the Kakunodate district's history as a former castle town with numerous, centuries-old preserved samurai dwellings.

Kakunodate Station has two station buildings: one for JR East and one for the Akita Nairiku Jukan Railway. However, both the JR Tazawako Line line and the Akita Nariku Line run by opposite sides of the same single platform.

JR Kakunodate Station from Akita Nairiku Jukan Station
JR Kakunodate Station from Akita Nairiku Jukan Station
Inside JR Kakunodate Station
Inside JR Kakunodate Station

JR East Kakunodate Station

The JR station is the more southern of the two buildings and is a fairly recent building designed in the old Japanese samurai house style with white walls and dark brown timber trimming. The theme continues inside with some nice natural wood panelled walls.

JR East Kakunodate Station's staffed Green Ticket Window ("Midori no Madoguchi") for making a wide variety of bookings is open daily from 6.50am to 8.30pm, while the ordinary ticket machines operate daily from 6.30am to 10.30pm.

Inside Akita Nairiku Jukan Kakunodate Station
Inside Akita Nairiku Jukan Station, Kakunodate

Akita Nairiku Jukan Kakunodate Station

The Akita Nairiku Jukan station adjoining the JR station to the north is an original old weatherboard building with latticed windows and painted pale green. The historical feels continues inside, with big high ceilings (although in a small area) and consciously old furniture to finish the antique look.

Akita Nairiku Jukan Kakunodate Station is staffed between 4.50am and 8.30pm daily.

Kakunodate Tourist Information Center with taxi stand in foreground
Kakunodate Tourist Information Center - taxi stand in foreground
Fuki-no-to statue, with bicycle hire building in background, Kakunodate, Akita prefecture.
Fuki-no-to statue & bicycle hire building, Kakunodate Station, Akita

Kakunodate Tourist Information Center 角館町観光協会

The Kakunodate Tourist Information Center is the best-looking building here and is modeled on an old Japanese storehouse, or kura, mostly white with brown trim and a dramatic dark brown roof. The Center is right in front of the Akita Nairiku Jukan Kakunodate Station. In addition to providing information on Kakunodate's attractions to tourists, the Information Center also runs a bicycle hire service.
Kakunodate Tourist Information Center hours: 9am-6pm from mid-April to September; 9am-5.30pm from October to mid-April. Open daily, but closed on December 31.
394-2 Kamisugazawa, Kakunodate-machi, Semboku-shi, Akita-ken 014-0369
〒 014-0369 秋田県仙北市角館町上菅沢394-2(角館駅前)

Kakunodate Station Taxi Stand

Even the taxi stand in front of Kakunodate Station joins in the antique atmosphere, being built in picturesque faux-samurai wooden style.

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