The 10 Best Things to Do in Kitakata, Japan

September 18, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Discover the best top things to do in Kitakata, Japan including Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko, Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Climate Museum, Sannokura Ski Area, Kitakata Kura no Sato, Kuranomachi, Michi no Eki Kita no Sato, Nicchu Memorial Museum, Nitchusen Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Path, Ganjoji Temple, Nitchusen Kinenkan.
Restaurants in Kitakata

1. Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko

2258 Keitokumachishingu, Kitakata 966-0923, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-23-0775
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko

Reviewed By tomizuta1953 - Funabashi, Japan

The history of the shrine can be traced back to the twelfth century when the local feudal lord invited the three sacred shrines of Kumano to this site. Upon approaching the shrine from the main torii gate I was amazed at the resemblance of its background to the Kumano area in Wakayama. No wonder that our ancestors invited the three Kumano shrines to this place. The shrine is famous for its unique large rectangular praying area (nagatoko). This also comes from around the twelfth century and was refurbished to its original state in the 1970s. As our visit was in November we noticed a family bringing their children to pray for their well-being (Shichigosan). You also ought to visit the treasury adjacent to the shrine to view their collection of Buddhist statues and other objects. The admission fee to the shrine including the treasury is only three hundred yen, and certainly worth contributing.

2. Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Climate Museum

4761 Teramachi, Kitakata 966-0861, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-22-2233
Excellent
30%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Climate Museum

Reviewed By tomizuta1953 - Funabashi, Japan

This is an old brewery established in the late eighteenth century. They have moved their brewery to outside the city center and the old brewery has now become a shop with a museum displaying sake brewing tools. I purchased a seven hundred twenty milliliter bottle of Yauemon taken from the name of the current owner of the brewery. You can also try their sake at the shop. Unfortunately I could not as I was driving. In the vicinity there are numerous Kura type buildings which helps you understand how many Kura style buildings Kitakata still retains.

3. Sannokura Ski Area

857 Kitagongenmoriko, Atsushiokanomachiaita, Kitakata 966-0108, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-36-2071
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Sannokura Ski Area

Reviewed By 2ji3 - Tokyo, Japan

8/28に行きましたが、くらら北部とくらら西部が丁度見頃でした。くらら南部はピークを過ぎていました。東北地方最大のひまわり畑というだけあり圧巻でした。
スキー場だけあり起伏があります。それゆえひまわり畑を見上げたり、見下ろしたり色々な角度から見ることができて良かったです。

4. Kitakata Kura no Sato

109 Oshikiri, Kitakata 966-0094, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-22-6592
Excellent
15%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Kitakata Kura no Sato

Reviewed By tomizuta1953 - Funabashi, Japan

This is an open air museum displaying various types of Kura buildings, relocated to this site. There are rice storage vaults, sake brewery, private residence and merchant shop to name a few, all in a Kura style. I got to appreciate that Kura is not just for storage but more a building style resembling a storage vault. I recommend you visit this place before you explore the city area to better appreciate the city of Kura. You should also understand that there were thousands of Kura style buildings in Kitakata. This was due to the fact that Kitakata developed as a distribution point but also the recognition of its resilience to fire following the fire in 1880. One local photographer saddened by the loss of many historic buildings to modern development after World War II exhibited his collection of Kura pictures in Tokyo introducing Kitakata’s Kura heritage. Following this NHK ran a film introducing Kitakata as the city of Kuras giving the city national recognition. Kitakata became a tourist’s attraction and the promotion of ramen was another effort that followed to increase its popularity.

5. Kuranomachi

Kitakata 966-0000, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-24-5200
Excellent
16%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
6%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Kuranomachi

Reviewed By tomizuta1953 - Funabashi, Japan

Kitakata developed in the Edo era as a distribution point of local goods. It is also on the former Yonezawa kaidou (major road) linking two major towns of Aizu-wakamatsu and Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture. Kitakata is famous for its ramen noodles and numerous storage vaults (kura). There were thousands of Kura style buildings in Kitakata. This was due to the fact that Kitakata developed as a distribution point but also the recognition of its resilience to fire following the fire in 1880. One local photographer saddened by the loss of many historic buildings to modern development after World War II exhibited his collection of Kura pictures in Tokyo introducing Kitakata’s Kura heritage. Following this NHK ran a film introducing Kitakata as the city of Kuras giving the city national recognition. Kitakata became a tourist’s attraction and the promotion of ramen was another effort that followed to increase its popularity. I noticed Kura style buildings everywhere.

6. Michi no Eki Kita no Sato

5598-1 Matsuyamamachi, Torimiyama, Azasanchobu, Kitakata 966-0901, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-21-1139
Excellent
0%
Good
73%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 18 reviews

Michi no Eki Kita no Sato

Reviewed By 2ji3 - Tokyo, Japan

日帰り温泉蔵の湯、レストラン、展示館・四季彩館、観光案内所などがあります。観光案内所には各種パンフレット類が揃っています。四季彩館は入場無料で、蔵の町喜多方の歴史、文化に触れられて良かったです。

7. Nicchu Memorial Museum

602-2 Maedacho, Atsushio, Otsuhiokanocho, Kitakata 966-0101, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
30%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
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4 based on 13 reviews

Nicchu Memorial Museum

Reviewed By こばじょん - Shizuoka, Japan

もう30年も前に廃止された日中線の記念館。終着駅の熱塩駅を利用しています。駅構内には懐かしい古い客車が置かれています。無料です。

8. Nitchusen Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Path

Ekimae Taishido to Maruyamacho Muramatsu, Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
38%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
47%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Nitchusen Memorial Bike and Pedestrian Path

Reviewed By tadJapan - Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

東京発のバスツアーで福島県の桜名所を見て廻った。実際には昨年より寒くて、4月11日は、芽桜の状態だったが、ここも訪問した場所のひとつ。廃線になった跡地に30年前、桜を植えたのだそうだ。新しい桜を植樹しているおじさんたちがいたので、話しかけたら、これは栃木県から購入した桜だとのことだった。だから、その1本だけ桜が少し咲いていた。

9. Ganjoji Temple

833, Kamisammiyamachi Kamisammiya Mt. MagakI, Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture +81 241-22-1565
Excellent
14%
Good
86%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 7 reviews

Ganjoji Temple

Reviewed By David M

Hidden away in a quiet corner of a quiet town is this lovely temple. Near the back if the grounds is a building with a awe inspiring brass Buddha statue over ten feet tall. Definitely worth the visit.

10. Nitchusen Kinenkan

602-2, AtsushIo MaedateI Atsushiokanomachi, Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 5 reviews

Nitchusen Kinenkan

Reviewed By こばじょん - Shizuoka, Japan

昭和59年に廃止された日中線の終着駅である熱塩駅舎を利用した記念館。当時はモダンであったであろう洋風の建物が林の中にひっそり残っていました。ホームや車両も保存されていました。

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