“Ouchi-juku” (post stations) in Fukushima Prefecture is located in the place which went south about 1 hour from Aizuwakamatsu city, and is one of the top tourist spots in Fukushima Prefecture. The landscape of the lodging town of the Edo era where thatched-roofed houses were erected is still present, and it is also designated as an important traditional building group conservation area.
“Ouchi-juku” is a lodging town situated in a basin surrounded by high mountains. It was named this because it was an inn of the old Aizunishi-kaido Road which connects Nikko from Aizu in Edo era. About 30 such that-roofed inns, restaurant, and private houses such as souvenir shops are still in service. There is an old-fashioned scenery that one can be wrapped with a spectacle time-slipped to Edo era. “Ouchi-juku” has been popular with travelers in the past, and now it is a popular spot bustling with more than one million tourists a year. There are local specialties such as buckwheat noodles and residents also welcomes you warmly. Why don’t you feel nostalgic and visit like a traveler in the Edo period in this Ouchi-juku.
In April, 1981, it was chosen in the important traditional buildings preservation district of the country and came into the limelight nationwide. The hip-roofed buildings formed in an orderly line being set beside a road in a right angle is characteristic.
It was the post town of “a Half Farming, Half Hotel” in the Edo era, but it keeping the air of the Edo period and the town of the thatch private house is orderly and lines up along the old highway in the rural district.
Approximately 400 years or more ago, it was flourished as an post-station town along the Aizu west highway which was important as a transportation road in the Edo era.
Fantastic snow lantern festival held in February. It is the popular spot that many people visit through one year.
The charm of Ouchi-juku is to be able to perceive the Edo era. Because it is chosen in the important traditional buildings preservation district, the appearance of the town is concerned.
|Adresse:||Ouchi Aza Yamamoto 8 Minamiaizugun Shimogomachi, Fukushima 969-5207 Japan|
|Access:||Aizu Tetsudo Railway Aizu-sen Line “Yunokamionsen-eki Station” (12 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 241-68-3611 (Ouchijuku Tourism Association)|