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Kitakata prospered during the Edo period as a transportation hub. There are about 4,000 "kura" storehouses that were made before the Showa period and the city is therefore affectionately called "city of kura." These kura are clustered along Fureai-dori and Otazuki-dori near Kitakata Station and many of them are still used as residences, stores or storage houses today. Many of them are open for visits so it is recommended to take a walk and explore. There are also great gourmet spots serving Kitakata ramen as well as onsen. A convenient way to sight see is to get the one-day pass (500 yen) for Burarin-go, the bus that goes around Kitakata.
- Machitashita, Kitakata-shi, Fukushima
- Contact No.
- Get off at JR Kitakata Station
- Official Website
- Time Required
- Half day
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One of Kitakata's two main streets, Fureai-dori is a spot where you can enjoy sightseeing and shopping at the same time. Kura houses are lined up on both sides of the street, including museums, exhibits and even a Kitakata Ramen museum.
Otazuki-kura Dori, which carries on an ancient tradition, is an area with an especially high density of kura within Kitakata. Miso storage Kanechu, sake storage Ohara-shuzo, and the Urushi Museum are here. The tempura manju sold at the carriage station are popular sweets.
Enjoy Lunch and Coffee Inside the Kura
In Kitakata, there are many restaurants and cafes made out of Kura. Some of the most popular are Fry Pan, where you can eat sandwiches made with freshly baked bread, or Cocco tree, known for its delicious sweets made with special eggs. Terrace seats are great when the weather is nice.
Kitakata's local specialty Kitakata Ramen is famous on a national level. There are over 120 ramen shops within Kitakata city and Hasegawa and Shokudo Namae are among the local's favorites. Kitakata ramen is also sold as souvenirs, why not purchase one?
Various Ways to Get Around Town
In Kitakata, there are many convenient means of transportation for exploring. Bus "Burarin-go" has a one-day free pass (500 yen), velo-taxis will take you around the city on a cycle, and the most recommended is the kura-carriage for tourists. You will feel like a king if you sit on the second floor. Even though it is limited to spring, it is a great way to slowly explore the city of kura. (Adults 1,500 yen, children 1,000 yen)