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Ouchi-juku, Fukushima


Ouchi-juku is registered as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings by the Japanese government

During the Edo period (1603-1867) Ouchi-juku was a post town that served travelers.  Many of the buildings have been preserved from this time, providing visitors with an authentic time-travel experience to one of Japan’s most culturally rich period.

Ouchi-juku is filled with buildings that are over 300 years old, with traditional thatched roofs and streets with running water to either side. Feudral lords had to make regular trips to Edo city and would pass through Ouchi-juku along the way as part of the Shimotsuke Kaido trail. This was one of the most popular routes for travelling to Edo city until the Meiji period (1868-1912), when a new national route was opened.

Ochi-juku is famous for handmade soba noodless. However, instead of chopsticks, you are given a leek to use as cutlery. Don’t worry, disposable chopsticks are also available. You’ll also see many char fish roasting over an open fire, another local specialty.

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