- Day 37 – Aizu Wakamatsu to Ouchi Juku and back
- Distance: 75.9km
- Ascent / descent: 891m / 902m
- Weather: Sunny and hot
- Accommodation: Couchsurfing hosts Victor and Veronica
I was woken with eggs and coffee for breakfast from my wonderful couchsurfing hosts Victor and Veronica. It was a great way to start the day, thank you! I had decided that I wanted to visit an old Edo period post town called Ouchi-juku which would mean cycling south 30km, so effectively backwards! Victor and Veronica were very kind and said I could stay another night, so I left behind my luggage and set out for a day trip into the mountains.
My first stop was Aizu Wakamatsu castle.
I then took Route 121 the majority of the way, but I wouldn’t recommend this route as there was barely any shoulder and it was very busy with cars and trucks. Although, I did love seeing all the old houses that once would have had thatched roofs.
Victor and Veronica had recommended I visit Tonohetsuri if I was going all the way to Ouchi-juku anyway, and it was a lovely cliff area not far from the turn-off to Ouchi-juku.
They also recommended I see this Onsen station which was very picturesque.
And then I turned off onto Route 329 to start the last big climb up to Ouchi-juku. Without my luggage I didn’t have to get off the bike and push which made a nice change 😉
Ouchi-juku was an absolutely delight of a post-town along an old road that connected Aizu Wakamatsu with Nikko. I loved it there, walking along the old street, trying to imagine samurai passing through and what it would have been like to live in Japan at that time.
I ate the local specialty of Takato-soba for lunch. I was told to use the leek as a spoon and that I could also eat the leek – the first bite of it almost blew my socks off! Needless to say I had just two more small bites of the leek and that was it, it was way too strong for me! The noodles were delicious though, as was the broth that I was told to put in the bowl after I’d eaten all the noodles – it was a hot day, so the broth felt very hydrating.
Rather than take the same route back to Aizu Wakamatsu, I cycled up past the dam on an old highway and had a very long descent. It was so much fun!! Back at Victor and Veronica’s we had another wonderful night getting to know each other. Thank you so much for your hospitality!!!
What a beautiful setting. Love the thatched roof-tops! Very picturesque!
Remain safe and healthy.
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Thanks Sally 🙂