Ouchi-juku Snow Festival

Ouchi-juku’s breathtaking snow festival is held on the 2nd weekend of February every year in Ouchi-juku, Minamiaizu. Ouchi-juku is a town with a rich history, and is well known having been used as a ‘post-town’ for travellers during the Edo period. The area includes 33 buildings which have been painstakingly preserved as they were hundreds ofContinue reading Ouchi-juku Snow Festival

Traditional Japan in Kitakata

Ramen, breathtaking historical buildings, ancient shrines – what more could you want from a day out? Kitakata City has all of this, and more to offer. Although  Aizu-Wakamatsu is a well-known area of Fukushima Prefecture for experiencing traditional Japanese culture, the warehouse-lined streets of Kitakata are a wonderful place to wander and explore traditional Japan. WarehousesContinue reading Traditional Japan in Kitakata

Snow in Magical Ouchi-juku

Whenever I flick through a pamphlet filled with photographs of Fukushima, there is a certain photo that causes everyone nearby to let out an “oooooooooooh” sound: The photo of Ouchi-juku. When I tell locals that I’ve recently moved to Fukushima and I often travel around the prefecture, one of the first questions I’m asked isContinue reading Snow in Magical Ouchi-juku