Ouchijuku is a former post station located in Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima Prefecture. Because of its historical significance, the entire town is designated as an important preservation district of historic buildings.
The central point of Ouchijuku’s tourist spots is this preserved district. The district is home to numerous eateries, souvenir shops, accommodations and more, all with thatched roofs. Enjoy a stroll through the townscape as you think about the Edo Period (1603-1868) in which these buildings were constructed. If you’re willing to travel a little distance from Ouchijuku, other recommended spots include the To-no-Hetsuri, a cliff which formed over a period of 1 million years, another important preservation district of historic buildings called Maezawa Magariya Village, and the Aizu Tajima Gion-kan which will introduce you to the 800 years of culture behind the festivals in this region.
For traveling around the area, we recommend public transportation. The nearest train station is a little distance away from Ouchijuku, however from April to November there is a bus line that operates, so it’s somewhat less inconvenient. From various major cities in Japan we recommend you use the Shinkansen or conventional train lines to travel to Yunogami Onsen Station. From Tokyo, take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Koriyama, and from there switch over to the conventional rail line. The total travel time is about 4 hours.