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Discover Kitakata -Local Temples and Shrines Guided Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Fukushima

Description

History<br />Kitakata, a small town located in Tohoku, northern Honshu is home to one of Japan's Three Greatest Ramen noodles, Kitakata ramen. With roughly 120 ramen shops in town, Kitakata has the highest ramen shop-per-person ratio in all of Japan and known as ramen town. In Kitakata, you can eat ramen any time of the day. Some shops even open from 7am for Asa Rah, a unique custom of the region "Morning ramen" or "Ramen for breakfast". Besides the ramen noodles, Kitakata is also well known for KURA, traditional storehouse style buildings and is nicknames as KURA no Machi "town of KURA". Kitakata has long been known as centre of sake (rice wine) brewery and miso (soy bean paste) production. KURA, able to maintain stable temperature and humidity throughout a year, were built to store and preserve the products. When the Great Fire of Kitakata broke out in 1880, only KURA survived the fire and many of buildings were built by KURA style afterwards. At present day in Kitakata, there are over 4,000 KURA built all over the town. From main streets to back alleys, the largest number of KURA in Japan and many of them still in use. On this tour, you will visit various religious sites in Kitakata<br />Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and also Kitakata's iconic KURA to explore its history and culture. It is worth to take a note that religious sites in Kitakata are often unique and have long and distinguished history. You will also see a number of precious cultural assets, for example, one of Japan's largest Senju-kannon, Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara curved out of a piece of wood which remains rooted in the ground.<br />Highlights<br />Enjoy authentic Kitakata ramen, one of Japan's Three Greatest ramen noodles.<br />Stroll around the town of Kitakata and discover and experience its history and culture<br />you will find picturesque KURA around you.<br />Visit unique and distinctive religious sites of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines by Chartered Vehicle.

Key Details

Duration(hours) 6 hours
Tour Guide Language English

Meeting Place

Kitakata Station

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Included Guide
Admission fee to facilities
Private vehicle
Not Included Transportation fee to/from meeting point
Food and beverage
Minimum participants 1
Remarks Please inquire us for more;
Visit kura yashiki
Visit kura yashiki (KURA used as living quarter) of successful merchants who built fortune by various business such as silk-reeling, soy bean paste production and soy source brewery. Enjoy one of the largest and most splendid KURA in Kitakata.
Visit unique KURA style temple
In Kitakata, you will find even temple is KURA style. The main hall of the temple was re-constructed by KURA style after it was destroyed by the Great Fire of Kitakata. It is not easy to find such temple in other parts of Japan.
Visit sembei specialty store
Try and experience sembei (rice cracker) making. With over 100 years of history, you will see sembei grilled over charcoal one by one by hand at the store.
Visit shoyu gura
This shoyu gura, KURA used as soy source brewery, is made of persimmon trees and bricks. Many of KURA in Kitakata are soil lacquered and only privileged merchants were able to build such KURA with their fortune. If you are lucky, you may get to taste their soy source.
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