Updated: May 14, 2018
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All About The Awesome Ouchi-juku In Fukushima Prefecture!

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Planning to visit the Tohoku region and Fukushima Prefecture? Then you should definitely consider visiting the little historic gem of Ouchi-juku, located near Aizu. Here's all you need to know about this unique place.

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Ouchi-juku

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If you're travelling in Fukushima Prefecture, Ouchi-juku should be on the top of your must-see places. The little village of thatched-roof houses is a preserved Edo era post town that was along a trade route between Aizu and Nikko.

How to get there

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Ouji-juku is located in the town of Shimogo, which is 20 km south of Aizu, where there is the Tsurugawa Castle. From Tokyo, you can get to Aizu by taking the JR Tohoku Shinkansen to the Koriyama Station and transfer to the JR Banetsu-sai line to take a regular train and get off at the Aizu-Wakamatsu station. From the Aizu-Wakamatsu station take the Aizu Railroad to the Yukonami Onsen station. There is no entrance fee to the village.

It's a good idea to visit the village before or after you go to Tsuruga Castle, as the two popular sightseeing locations are nearby.

What to do

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Walk down the main street and admire the many thatched-roof buildings for their outstanding architecture. This kind of traditional building is was rare even during the Edo era. The points of interest in the village include a shrine and temple, as well as a Honjin (本陣) building which was the headquarter of the Ouji-juku and now serves as a museum (entrance fees are just ¥250).

Soba, fish and traditional sweets

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All the buildings are now restaurants and souvenir shops. The specialty of the place is soba noodle dishes. You can have grilled locally caught fish and grilled Japanese dango (rice balls) too.
A soba set meal.
Inawa (char) is a fish that inhabits the freshwaters of the area. You'll find it grilled on a stick over charcoal in Ouchi-juku.

Visiting in the winter

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The village receives a lot of snow and even has a snow festival in February during which there are all kinds of activities from a soba noodle eating contest to spectacular fireworks.

Lastly...

Ouchi-juku is one you should mark on your bucket list if you are planning to explore the Fukushima Prefecture! It's a serene place to visit all year round and get a sense of the rich history of Japan.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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