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Main street in Ōuchi-juku

Ōuchi-juku (大内宿, Ōuchi-juku) was a small post station in Japan's Edo period and part of the Aizu Nishi Kaidō.[1] It is now located in the town of Shimogō in Minamiaizu District, Fukushima Prefecture, and is famous for the numerous traditional thatched buildings from the Edo Period that line its main street.[2]


Ōuchi-juku was an important post town whose buildings served as shops, inns and restaurants for travellers. Many buildings have been preserved as they were before the Meiji Restoration,[2] and the area has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. The village is now a popular tourist attraction.[3]

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  1. ^ Visit Minami Aizu Ouchijuku. Visit Minami Aizu. Accessed November 29, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Ouchijuku and Yunokami Onsen. Japan National Tourist Organization. Accessed November 29, 2007.
  3. ^ Sight Seeing in Shimogo--Ōuchi-juku. (in Japanese) Town of Shimogo. Accessed October 16, 2008.

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