Ouchi-juku (Historic Post Town)
Like a time capsule from the Edo period, the thatched-roof buildings in this former post town remain virtually untouched since the days when Isabella Bird stayed there.
Aizu Hariko (Local Papier-mâché Folk Craft)
This traditional folk craft dating back to the Edo period is known for its iconic akabeko (toy cows), which are believed to bring good luck, especially for new-born babies.
Tsugawa (River Port Town)
This town was formerly a hub for goods shipped by boat to and from the Sea of Japan coast. It is also the place of origin for a traditional architectural style known as gangi, using wooden boards under the eaves of the houses to prevent snow from coming in.
From Tokyo, trains to Kinugawa Onsen take about three hours. To reach the Aizu area and Tsugawa, you can use the local train or bus services.