- Time warp to an old post town where Daimyo (feudal lords) had stayed.
- Thatched housing is the highlight of Ouchi-juku!
- If you get tired of walking, how about taking a break and eating a leek soba noodle dish?
Time warp to an old post town where Daimyo (feudal lords) had stayed.
Ouchi-juku, nestled among soaring mountains, lies along the Aizu West Road and is a small village that once flourished as postal town during the Edo period. It was built around 1640 and played an important role in the transportation of rice. It also connected the castle in Fukushima with other feudal lord’s provinces including Shibata, Murakami, Shonai, and Yonezawa. It was committed to the Edo Shogunate’s policy of “alternate attendance” (Sankin-Kotai), a feudal lord’s alternate-year residency. The village is now registered as a “Nation’s Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.” Residents adopted a policy which states, “No selling, No leasing, No demolition,” in order to preserve the scenery and the transfer of manufactural traditions over to future generations.
Thatched housing is the highlight of Ouchi-juku!
There are over 30 thatched houses along the main street that have been transformed into soba noodle shops, souvenir shops, and guesthouses. These thatched houses are not specific to Japan and have also been used other Asian and European countries until the late 19th century. Recently in the European countries, and especially in the UK, the wealthy have been purchasing thatched houses as a symbol of wealth. Why not compare Japan’s thatched housing style to your own country’s style. It should be interesting!
If you get tired of walking, how about taking a break and eating a leek soba noodle dish?
Leek soba noodles or “Negisoba,” is the must eat food when you visit Ouchi-juku. This soba noodle dish has a very unique feature in that it not only contains leek in the dish, but also the leek is utilized as chopstick! Eating noodles while using leek and munching on it as a spice will replenish your energy after a long walk! You might even hearing a feudal lord admiring it by saying, “It’s Delicious!”
8 Ouchiyamamoto Shimogo, Minamiaizu District, Fukushima Prefecture