Delve into Japan’s industrial history on a 6-hour walking tour of Kitakata’s traditional ‘kuras’ (storehouses). In a small group limited to six, you’ll visit a kura used as living quarters to experience rice cracker making, and satisfy your sweet tooth at a Japanese candy shop. Feast on Kitakata’s famous ramen for lunch, tour a soy sauce brewery, and create your own artisan souvenirs during a workshop led by local craftsmen.
Your walking tour begins at Kitakata Station at 11:20am, when you’ll greet your guide and receive a historical overview of Kitakata. First, you’ll revitalize with a traditional lunch of ramen noodles before heading to a kura yashiki, a renovated storehouse home to wealthy Japanese merchants.
Visit a kura-style temple, reconstructed following the Great Fire of Kitakata, and then stasify your sweet tooth with yokan (jellied dessert made of adzuki bean paste) and manju (steamed bun) at a Japanese candy store.
Then, head to sake brewery to sample different varieties of Japan’s national drinks, and learn the secrets behind making Japan’s favorite condiment at a soy sauce factory.
Your tour culminates with a visit to a shikki (crafts) store to observe local craftsmen painting lacquer ware according to ancient traditions. Here, you’ll have the chance to make your own chop sticks, fan, or hand mirror before returning to your original departure point, Kitakata station.