A post town built around 1640 as the third lodging station from Aizu Castletown, on the road connecting Aizu Castletown and Shimono no Kuni (Imaichi, Nikichi City, Tochigi Prefecture). It was also an important road frequently used for ‘alternate attendance’ (by a daimyo in Edo ) and interacting with other domains. The buildings with thatched rooves on the street take you back a few hundred years.
Located near the entrance of ōuchi-juku, it is a café in the house with a thatched roof, using the wood building materials from Aizu Wakamatsu City.
From the kitchen rangea cooking stove and the classical lighting to the retro furniture, the great atmosphere makes your heart stand still.
There are many sweet and drink menus using local specialties, so it is a great rest spot during sightseeing. There are a variety of table seats including terrace seats outside, so you can even bring your pet and relax.
●The dark brown caramel has deep bitterness and cracks with a clear sound♪”. The custard that melts in your mouth is very creamy. The bowl is so cute as well.
It is a medium kind of cheesecake between the baked cheesecake and the rare cheesecake with plenty of blueberries made in Minami Aizu. You can taste the sourness of the cheese, and it is creamy but has a light touch.
Using the red pumpking made in Kaneyama-cho, it has natural sweetness of the pumpkin in the soft touch. Even if you don’t like pumpkins, you should try it ♪
Address/ 358 Gongengami, Ouchi, Shimogo-machi, Minami Aizu, Fukushima
Business hours: 10：30～17：00
Closed: Tuesday (Reservation required during December to March)
A restaurant located near the entrance of ōuchi-juku. The antique furniture is so cool.
The spacious restaurant can also be used for big groups. There are many menus that make use of local specialties such as Takato Soba and Sweetfish (Mego) Sandwich.
Soba (buckwheat noodles) served with the whole of spring onion is the specialty of ōuchi-juku. Each restaurant adds their essence to it. This restaurant serves the thin soba noodles with bonito fish flakes. The soup with grated daikon radish has a great taste of the broth and is little spicy. It is the ōuchi-juku style to eat with the spring onion instead of chopsticks. You can bite the spring onion to add spiciness.
▲Sweetfish (Mego) Sandwitch
Freshly fried sweetfish (mego) is put between the special bread along with fresh vegetables and homemade tartar sauce.
The bread is made with Perilla frutescens (egoma), and the fried fish is crispy♪ It is a good takeaway to accompany with you while watching the scenery ♪
▲Special Junmai Sake: Secchu Momohime
The ground water pumped up from a 500m underground in the Misawaya site is purified with the reverse osmosis step, and used as mix water at the time of preparation.
Bottling sake after removing zatsumi (unfavorable taste in sake), they keep them in the snow for 100 days, and mature at low temperature in the fridge at -5℃. It is said that only 8,000 bottles of sake can be made. Like water, this sake goes through your throat smoothly. It is highly recommended to drink in chill ♪
Address: 26-1 Yamamoto, Ouchi, Shimogo-machi, Minami Aizu, Fukushima
Business hours: 10：00～16：30
【Along the National Route121】
Country Kitchen Doronko
It is a log house style cafe restaurant located next to “Kamamoto Kaizangama” along the National Route 121, facing Shimogo-machi Bussankan. Everything from dishes to burgers are all “handmade”, and no additives are used. The dishes have far-infrared ray effects and negative ion effects, which are good for health. The restaurant is filled with the tempting flavor of smoke, and you cannot wait to get served ♪
▲ Bamboo Charcoal Burger Set
In the hand-made buns with bamboo charcoal in the dough, they put crispy lettuce, smoked bacon, tartar sauce and cheese. The thickly sliced bacon gives you smoky flavor, and the spice gives a kick. The balance and compatibility of the ingredients are excellent ♪Enjoy the potato fries and coleslaw salad on side as it is at the beginning, and later add smoked soy sauce on top for more flavor. There are three kinds of buns (White, Perilla frutescens (egoma), Bamboo Charcoal) that you can choose from (All the buns are made without using any milk)
The ice in their iced coffee is also made from coffee, so the coffee does not get weak. With the refreshing taste, even people who cannot usually drink coffee without gum syrup or milk can enjoy the black coffee!
Country Kitchen Doronko
Address: 3299-1 Michiue, Yagoshima, Shimogo-machi, Minami Aizu, Fukushima
Business hours: (Weekdays) 10:30～16:00
(Sat, Sun & Public holidays) 10:30 ~17:00
Closed: Wednesday (There are special holidays)
Visited in September 2018