Japan

misawaya ouchi-juko

SHIMOGO | Misawaya is a restaurant in Ouchi-juku and is the birthplace of negi soba – Takato soba eaten with a long green leek instead of chopsticks. Takato soba is a regional specialty that originated in the mid 1600s when Masayuki Hoshina, lord of Aizu, returned to Aizu after a visit to

asanuma shokudou ouchi-juku

SHIMOGO | Asanuma Shokudou is a restaurant in Ouchi-juku that offers a number of local delicacies. It’s a welcoming restaurant in a traditional wooden building, and a perfect pit stop for weary travellers, especially during winter when the miso marinated sardines being barbecued over charcoal and an open flame double up

kitakata fukushima

KITAKATA | Kitakata is a small city of around 50,000 people in Japan’s Fukushima province, and is an ideal spot for a day trip when visiting the larger nearby town of Aizuwakamatsu. For architecture buffs, the historica kura, or storehouses, are a big attraction. They are beautiful buildings that are

nanukamachi street aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Nanukamachi Street is a retail street in Aizuwakamatsu with a range of shops that sell local foods and crafts like painted candles, kites, and beautiful laquerware. It’s a quiet street, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing stroll while doing a bit of shopping and eating. The

aizu food kutsurogijuku aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Kaiseki is a type of traditional Japanese multi course dinner, that was originally reserved for Japanese nobility. More than just food, Kaiseki is all about omotenashi, which means “to entertain guests wholeheartedly”, and embodies warmth and respect. The dishes are small and beautifully presented, with a focus on

kissho onyado toho aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Kaiseki is a type of traditional Japanese multi course dinner, that was originally reserved for Japanese nobility. More than just food, Kaiseki is all about omotenashi, which means “to entertain guests wholeheartedly”, and embodies warmth and respect. The dishes are small and beautifully presented, with a focus on

nagatoya aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Nagatoya is a sweet shop that’s over 170 years old. It opened during the Edo period, when one of Aizuwakamatsu’s feudal lords ordered a small sweet maker to start making affordable sweets for the common people. These Aizu Dagashi (cheap confectionery) were enjoyed by everyday people as snacks

aizu ichibankan aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Aizu Ichibankan is a cafe with a lot of history. Located on the ground floor of what was once the Kaiyo Clinic, it’s where the famous Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (the guy on the ¥1,000 banknote since 2004) underwent surgery for his burnt hand. Noguchi went on to study

mitsutaya aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Whether you’re looking for a feed, or wanting to purchase some local delicacies to take away, Mitsutaya is a place that’s well worth visiting. Housed in an old miso storehouse and factory dating back to 1834, Mitsutaya specialises in dengaku – skewers of bean curd, mochi (pounded rice

tsuru noeshuzo aizuwakamatsu

AIZUWAKAMATSU | Tsuru Noeshuzō is one of the many sake brewers in Aizuwakamatsu. The reason there are so many sake brewers in this part of the world are many. First, the water is very pure. Second, the distinctive weather patterns and seasonal changes, help local farmers grow some of the