【2015年1月21日】 会津 の 雪景色、大内宿 など (Jan. 21, 2015: Snow covered beautiful scenes in Fukushima)

Today I visited Ouchijuku village in Aizu region of Fukushima covered with deep snow. Last night I stayed at Yunokami Onsen on the foot of the hill and I walked up to the village in the morning about 6km away. It took about 1.5 hours one way. Altitude of the village is 650m.

The location is on the map below. The GPS logged route is drawn by red. The map can be scaled up and down by clicking it.
20150121大内宿地図 (560x420)

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写真は、大内宿に入ったところです。(冬の大内宿 下郷町 入口 2015/1/21) 今朝は、10時過ぎまで、青空が広がり、雪とのコントラストで大変きれいでした。大内宿は、江戸時代に、会津と江戸を結ぶ会津西街道沿いの宿場町で、当時の雰囲気が色濃く残っています。会津と江戸は、61里(240km)あり、当時は5泊6日の旅でした。大名の保科氏は7回、松平氏は11回、この大内宿に泊まったとされています。現在は、国指定の重要伝統的建造物群保存地区になっています。
Above photo shows a view from the entrance point of Ouchijuku village. This morning, clear sky spread until just past 10 o'clock and it made a beautiful contrast with white snow. Ouchijuku village prospered in Edo Period some 300 years ago as the lodging village for travelers between Aizu and Tokyo along the old main highway. Even today many old thatched roof houses stand along the street which bring us back to those old days. Aizu and Tokyo is separated about 240km and it took 6 days and 5 nights to travel. It is said that feudal Lord Hoshina stayed at Ouchijuku 7 times and another feudal Lord Matsudaira 11 times. Today Ouchijuku village is designated as National Preservation District of Important Traditional Buildings.

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一番奥の、展望台からの光景です。(冬の大内宿 下郷町 展望台 2015/1/21) 海外からの観光客も、多くいました。
Above photo shows a view from observation hill at the end of the village. There were many foreign tourists today.

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Just below the observation hill there was a nice souvenir shop called Kanouya.

Down the hill from Ouchijuku village there is Yunokamionsen Station of Aizu Railway Line. This station is famous as the only thatched-roof railway station in Japan. I took some pictures of the station and train from National Route 121 just across the railroad.

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写真は、上り(東京方面)快速電車と駅舎です。(湯野上温泉駅 会津鉄道 冬 2015/1/21)
Above photo shows inbound (toward south) rapid train and Yunokamionsen Station.

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写真は、上り(東京方面)普通電車と駅舎です。(湯野上温泉駅 会津鉄道 冬 2015/1/21)
Above photo shows inbound (toward south) local train and Yunokamionsen Station.

In Aizu Region of Fukushima, there is also thatched-roof bus stop. The bus stop is called Maezawamukai Bus Stop at the entrance of Maezawa magariya village in Minamiaizu Town. The bus stop is located along National Route 352 as shown in the map below.
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写真が、その茅葺屋根のバス停で、風雪でも待つ人を守る立派な造りです。(前沢集落 前沢向バス停 2015/1/20 )
Above photo shows the excellent thatched-roof bus stop which can protect travelers from severe snowstorm.

In front of this bus stop, there spread the small village of Maezawa in which many character L-shaped thatched roof houses stand. This village is also designated as National Preservation District of Important Traditional Buildings the same as Ouchijuku village.

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But in winter season, as shown in the above photo, all the houses are covered with deep snow that we cannot see the details of L-shaped structure. There is an observation place of the whole village up on the mountain across the road but today deep snow of 2meters high rejected me.

Last night I stayed at Shimizuya Inn of Yunokami Onsen. Though it looked like rustic inn along the National Route 121, everything was good including people, meal, hot spring (only spring source was flowing into the bath with no water or circulation), room, and charge (really reasonable).



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