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  • Ouchi-juku
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto
    O-uchi-juku was designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1981. It was founded around 1640 as the third post station from Aizu Castle town in the 130 kilometer road connecting Aizu Castle and Imaichi, Nikko City in Tochigi Prefecture. The townscape remains as is, taking visitors back in time to the Edo period. There are also night tours available from the end of April to late November.
  • Oze National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Niigata prefecture
    This is the largest high wetland in Honshu also known as the motif of a nationally beloved song, Natsu-no Omoide (“Summer Memories”). It is the 29th national park in Japan and includes Ozegahara. It is home to animals and plants unique to wetlands such as mizubasho (lysichiton americanum or asian skunk cabbage), iris setosa (arctic iris) and ermine as well as alpine plants such as day lilies and gentiana thunbergii. As the whole park area is formed by mountains such as Mt. Kasagatake, Mt. Shibutsu and Mt. Hiuchigatake, climbing equipment and clothes suitable to the season are indispensable. There are three campgrounds in the area and two visitor centers, and it is a base for walking and climbing.
  • Sanjo Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura Mount Mt.
    "This waterfall on the border of Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls. The falls are on the Tadami River that flows from the Ozegahara Marshland to Lake Okutadami, and a popular trekking route connects it with Hiraname-no-taki Falls. The area's so beautiful that it's been said ""A visit to Ozei isn't complete without seeing Sanjo Falls and Ayamedaira marshlands"" Registered with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Oze is one of Japan's premier high-altitude marshlands. Used as a base for mountain climbing, it's part of Oze National Park, which covers a vast area spanning four prefectures."
  • Ouchi-Juku Pavilion
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 8
    A facility located in the almost exact center of Ouchi-juku a 15 minute drive by car from Yunokami-Onsen Station which contains presents the lifestyle lived in the area during Japan’s era of post station towns. Ouchi-juku’s honjin, or troop headquarters, was one of the strongholds along the Shimotsuke Kaido highway built in the early Edo period, and was used by the lords of Aizu Domain when travelling to and from the capital of Edo. This honjin was remodeled into the Ouchi-Juku Pavilion. The hall provides information on areas as such as the lord’s exclusive entranceway, jodan-no-ma raised floor room, bath, and thatched roof, as well as exhibits presenting the tools and other items people once used here as part of everyday life. In addition, firewood is continually lighting in the building’s traditional sunken hearth year-round as part of measures necessary to keep the thatch roof in good working order.
  • Ajidokoro Minatoya
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 34
    This local cuisine restaurant is located in Ouchi-juku, roughly 15 minutes by car from Yunokami-Onsen Station. The building still has its straw thatched roof, for an olden times sensation you can feel in your skin. They are careful to use 100% specially grown soba for their juwari soba. “Ten zarusoba” with freshly made soba and homemade vegetable tempura is popular. Also, you can purchase “shingoro” —local dish of Minami Aizu—in front too. The half-polished rice is stuck on a skewer, coated with 10-year miso and then cooked on a charcoal grill—perfect food for walking and eating.

    It was warm reception with a delicious meals, good service in a lovely japanese style place. I recommend to visitor of Oochijuku to try the restaurant and enjoy the variety of Japanese food

  • Honke Kanoya
    Style / Fashion
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 48
    A shop which carries crepe products and folk crafts amidst the simple Japanese-style homes of Ouchi-juku. The colorful crepe decorating the shop front is a sight which draws the eyes of countless tourists. All of the shop’s accessories and knickknacks are handmade. Particularly popular is the shop’s animals, dried persimmons, and vegetable baskets, all made from crepe material. The shop owner is quite friendly, and one of the shop’s charms is the warm welcome visitors are greeted with, sometimes including tea and a sampling of pickles. The shop makes for some great photographs in winter when snow is on the ground. The store does close, however, during snowstorms, so take note of the weather before visiting.
  • Ouchi-Juku Misawaya
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 26-1
    Misawaya, where visitors can eat handmade takato soba (leek soba), is famous as the place where their grated daikon radish soba is eaten using leeks instead of chopsticks. Since Masayuki Hoshina (Matsudaira) became lord of Aizu Domain in 1643, grated daikon radish soba has been called takato soba. As well as takato soba, visitors can also have kozuyu (a local soup) and tempura manju, traditional dishes usually served on auspicious occasions and ceremonial gatherings in Aizu.

    A soba-ya opened in the traditional l thatched-roof(茅葺屋根)building. The spacious dining room is with a good atmosphere. House signature dish is Takatou soba(高遠そば)which is an Aizu local specialty...

  • Yamagataya
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 43
    A soba restaurant located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. Here you can enjoy handmade soba noodles made with locally-grown buckwheat. The restaurant's decor is traditionally Japanese. The restaurant serves negi soba, a local specialty from the Ouchi-juku area, and seasonal dishes like mountain vegetable cuisine, char and other fish dishes, and horsemeat.

    会津鉄道の大内宿の電車とバスがお得になるサービスがあるのですがその特典として写真にも載せているスイーツのお餅がタダでもらえます。 味もすごく美味しかった。 ここのお店に限らずですが、すごく話しかけてくれたりフレンドリーな人が多い印象です。

  • Koyasu Kannon
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi
    A Buddhist temple in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The temple's Kannon-do hall stands on hill with a sweeping view of the thatched roof homes of the Ouchi-juku post station district. The temple hall is normally closed but a festival is held once a year when the Buddhist image inside is displayed to the general public. The temple is dedicated to the protection of children and women and many worshippers come here to pray for children, safe childbirth, and healthy child growth.
  • Roadside Station Ban-ya
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunminamiaidumachi Banquet 4
    A roadside station located in Minamiaizu Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. Located at the entranceway to the lush and expansive Oze area, the station sells local specialty products such as akakabu-zuke red turnip pickles and Alpine leeks. The station also has a restaurant area where you can eat juwari soba noodles made with buckwheat grown in the harsh temperature changes of the area, soba-kaki dumplings, and gyoza pot stickers made with Alpine leeks.

    道の駅を謳っていますが、産直販売コーナーは小さくて、レストランコーナーが中心の施設でした。レストランのメインは会津そばと行者ニンニク入り餃子でした。私もレストランでざるそばを食べたのですが、これがひどい代物で、普通のざるそばの提供に30分近く待たされ、その挙句に、出てきたそばが以前連載されていたそばのうんちくを語るマンガに出てきた、不味い田舎そばの典型でした。そばの硬さが全体に不均一で、柔らかすぎ...

  • Kintaro Soba Yamamotoya
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 15
    A soba noodle restaurant located in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. Operating out of an old Japanese home with a thatched roof, here you can enjoy soba noodles made with care according to a labor-intensive process. The restaurant's authentic, handmade soba noodles are created with a homemade flour stone milled from locally grown buckwheat. The restaurant also sells yaki-dango dumplings broiled at the front of the shop.

    くるみそばとなめこそば、だんごを食べました。 くるみそばはこしもあり美味しかったです。なめこそばは暖かい汁のせいかそばには 歯ごたえがなく残念でした。だんごは美味しかったそうです。(妻意見)

  • Honke Tamaya
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 3
    A soba noodle restaurant located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The restaurant operates out of an atmospheric old Japanese building over 400 years old with tatami mat seating, and diners here can enjoy negi soba (wedding soba), a local specialty dish in the Ouchi-juku area. The restaurant's soba noodles are made with Aizu-grown buckwheat, and people love their firm, chewy texture. The vegetables in the restaurant uses are also locally-grown. The restaurant's black rice kintsuba flour dough sweet bean cakes are also popular.

    I highly recommend these local restaurant is very delicious and is still run by family from generation to generation and the decoration in the house or in the restaurant is very traditional Japanese...

  • Ouchijuku Bunke Tamaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Gongengami 358
    A cafe located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. Operating out of an old-fashioned Japanese style home building with a thatched roof, the cafe serves Japanese food and handmade sweets. Particularly popular are the cafe's homemade soba noodles crated with locally grown buckwheat, and its chicken seiro-meshi rice made with chicken and rice steamed in a seiro basket in the cafe's old-fashioned kamado hearth. The restaurant's sweets are also made with local ingredients.
  • Asanuma Shokudo
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 51
    A restaurant located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The thatched roof restaurant commands an excellent view of the Ouchi-juku district and here you can enjoy local Aizu cuisine. The restaurant is famous for its fresh char grilled over an irori sunken hearth, and handmade negi soba noodles eaten not with chopsticks but a negi Welsh onion.

    6/17に妻と一緒に大内宿へ行ってきました。近い駐車場は満杯状態で手前の臨時駐車場に留めましたが正解でした。ランチをしに、浅沼食堂で「宿場そば 大盛り」を頼んだところ、通常の2倍の量の冷やしそばが出てきてびっくり。(妻の普通盛りと比べ)皆さん、頼んでみてください。

  • Roadside Station Shimogo
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    3.5
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Nagurasawa Koizumi 844-188
    A roadside station located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. Here you can buy wood crafts and local specialty products. In the station's restaurant, you can enjoy handmade soba noodles created with high quality buckwheat flour or a rice bowl topped with Aizu jidori chicken. A perfect place to take a break, the station also has an observatory from which you can enjoy the vast, seasonal natural beauty of the Minamiaizu area.

    店舗の脇に高台の芝生エリアがあり、そこから山の景色が望めます。 私が訪れた時には、わずかですが雲海が見えました。

  • Iseya (Japanese Inn)
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 33
    A minshuku traditional Japanese bed and breakfast located Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture which has been in businesses for some 300 years since the Edo period. Visitors are sure to enjoy the minshuku's charming thatched roof building as well as its kiritanpo nabe toasted rice ball hotpot, char broiled around an old-fashioned irori sunken hearth, and other traditional Japanese cuisine. The facility also has a cafe as well as a souvenir shop selling Aizu-hongo ware tableware and a wide variety of other Aizu crafts and goods.

    This is one of (I think) 3 minshuku on the main street in Ouchijuku. Meaning youre sleeping in a thatched roof house in the middle of this old-timey village. The inn itself is a bit hard to find...

  • Yunokami-Onsen Station Building
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Yunokami Oshimaotsu 74
    An Aizu Railway, Aizu Line station located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The station is one of only two in the country with a thatched roof like that of an old-fashioned Japanese home. The station's waiting area has an irori sunken hearth and other old-fashioned accoutrements and the hearth is kept lit for visitors when staff are working. The station was selected as one of the 100 best stations in the Tohoku region in 2002 and is visited by many tourists.
  • Kannonnuma Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Nogiwashinden Uenodai
    A forest park located in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The Kannon-numa wetlands are known as a treasure trove of wild birds and many amateur photographers come here, attracted by the numerous islands which make excellent camera spots. The area has nine walking courses which visitors can stroll leisurely while enjoying seasonal scenery.
  • To-no-Hetsuri
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Yagoshima Shimoji forest
    A cliff located in Okawa Hatori Prefectural Nature Park in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The area has many natural rock formations which visitors can view up close thanks to a nearby suspension bridge. The cliff was also selected as a National Natural Monument in 1943. Many visitors come here to enjoy the area's seasonal scenery.
  • Lake Tagokura
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaiduguntadamimachi Tagokura
    An artificial lake created by the construction of Tagokura Dam located on the Tadami River in Tadami Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. Famous for its char fishing, many fishing lovers come here to enjoy this freshwater fish treasure trove. A paid sightseeing boat, the Blue Lake, also plies the waters. In fall, the autumn foliage of the area reflects beautifully off the surface of the lake, and many tourists visit here to enjoy the sight.

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