Ouchi-juku, an isolated village with the nostalgic atomosphere of the feudal Japan, is a former post town along the Aizu Nishi Kaido Route (aka Shimotsuke Kaido Route), which served as a trade route between Aizu-Wakamatsu and Nikko during the Edo Period. Once part of the long road from the Aizu Domain (current Fukushima Prefecture) to the Capital of Edo (current Tokyo), Ouchi-juku played a vital role as a rest stop for feudal lords and their attendants. In 1981, the well-preserved streets of Ouchi-juku was designated as an Important Preservation District for a Group of Traditional Buildings. Today, Ouchijuku has been restored to look as it did in the Edo Period with telephone and electricity wires buried. The 500-meter (0.3-mile)-long unpaved main street is lined by about 40 thatched roof buildings, which house a variety of shops, restaurants serving local cuisine and minshuku (small traditional Japanese inns).
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5.0in the last week
Great place with a nice, historic feel. Many traditional shops and in general nice walk. Free of charge but if you come by car you need to pay 500 yen parking fee.
5.09 months ago
Really peaceful place with cool water. I got many souvenirs for my friends and family here. So many thing that look really Japanese with cute appearance so I bought a lot. I tried one snack and also tried the drink that is being cool by the water from the mountain. The only poor thing is the toilet in the car park.
2.08 months ago
Various guidebooks recommend this place. A reconstructed village of ye oldie times. The reality is not as cool as is made out to be. The houses are pretty, but that about all there is to it. Nearly every house is a gift shop, and many sell identical items. Some even go as far as selling generic "made in china" gifts.
If you've never been to a reconstructed historical village, this might be an okay place to visit, but truth be told, Japan offers a LOT other such places that are a LOT more worthwhile.
Lastly, since this place is not worth spending more than an hour at, the parking lot is exceedingly expensive at ¥400. And a car (or taxi) is the only way to get here within reason.
5.010 months ago
Awesome place to visit. The pavilion is a great place to get some history, too. Great some food at over if the shops and don't forget to climb the hill for an unforgettable view.
5.06 months ago
Very beautiful snow (Jan20)
But many shops closed.