+travel++japan++fukushima prefecture++aizu wakamatsu++december 29 2008

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AS for the town around the castle: it is a typical Japanese country town, kind of like Koide, on the other side of the mountains. Nice and mild in the summer, and coated with snow in the winter. Further than Aizu-Wakamatsu is very heavily snowed area. Mountain folk tread carefully through the slush. The other line called Banetsu-Saisen Line leads you to Niigata which is another three hours from Aizu-Wakamatsu. Kenichi says of the Banetsu-Saisen Line: "The most rural local line in Japan (only three diesel train per day on Tadami line)." On the way there you will pass 쑽 (Kitakata): old warehouse town in the foothills. Supposedly famous for its noodles. (Eds. note: Many towns in Japan seem to be famous for their noodles.) I hope to head up to 쑽 one day to noodle around, if I get half the chance...

KITAKATA NOODLE SITES

Kitakata Ramen

Kitakata Ramen Shops

Kitakata Style Soba

Kitakata Style Soba