9/23/2012

Aizu Kaido

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Aizu Kaidoo 会津街道 Aizu Kaido



Also called

Yonezawa Kaido 米沢街道 Yonezawa Trade Road
when the traveller started from Yonezawa town.
. Yonezawa and Kotaki Kaido 小滝街道 Kotaki Highway .


It leads from the town of Aizu Wakamatsu 会津若松 past the Urabandai mountains 裏磐梯 to Yonezawa 米沢.


Wakamatsu juku 若松宿(福島県会津若松市)

. Daruma from Aizu Wakamatsu 会津だるま .

. Japanese candles 和蝋燭 wa roosoku .
Made since 1772 at the shop Hoshiban ほしばん絵ろうそく. The present maker is in the 9th generation. His wife also helps to paint the patterns of flowers.

Another speciality is food prepared from dry fish and other seafood.
. Washoku - Aizu Wakamatsu - Fukushima.


Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle (会津若松城, Aizu-Wakamatsu-jō),
also known as Tsuruga Castle (鶴ヶ城 Tsuru-ga-jō)
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


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Kitakata town 喜多方市

. Kitakata raamen 喜多方ラーメン Kitakata noodle soup .

The town has more than 4000 kura warehouses. They made sake, soy sauce and miso to store there.


source : fukushima/aizu/kitakata
There is even a Shinto shrine in a warehouse.
Izumo Shrine 出雲神社の蔵

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Shiokawa juku 塩川宿(福島県喜多方市)
lit. "Salt River"

Kumakura juku 熊倉宿(福島県喜多方市)


The Urabanadai region 裏磐梯 is famous for the colorful lakes.
Goshiki Numa 五色沼湖沼群



Aizu Yamajio 会津山塩 Mountain Salt from Aizu
made from boiling the water of the hot spring. it is rich in minerals and sparkles like diamonds.
It was given to the lord of the domain in the Edo period.
It is a welcome souvenir from the Urabandai region.


Ooshio juku, Oshio 大塩宿(福島県耶麻郡北塩原村)
Near the Oshio Pass 大塩峠 of 865 m.
lit. "big salt"
There is also a shrine "big salt shrine" 大山祗神社


Hibara juku 桧原宿(福島県耶麻郡北塩原村)


Shirabu Onsen 白布温泉 Shirabu Hot Spring
湯滝の宿
Already used by the people of Yonezawa in the Edo period.
Mabye first detected by Kukai Kobo Daishi.
quote
The Shirabu-onsen Hot Spring lies along the gorges of Otaru River at the southern end of Yamagata Prefecture on an 850-meter-high plateau. It is located in the mountains of the Azuma Mountain Range that separate Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures.
source : www.jnto.go.jp



Famous for its kokeshi wooden dolls 白布 こけし .

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Tsunagi juku 綱木宿(山形県米沢市)

Sekichoo juku 関町宿(山形県米沢市)


Yonezawa juku 米沢宿 Yonezawa town

Yonezawa was the birthplace of Date Masamune
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


There were three different parts of this road

上街道
中街道
下街道
source : WIKIPEDIA !


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Aizu Nishi Kaido 会津西街道 
Western Road of Aizu
 Aizu Nishi Kaidō

Connecting Aizu Wakamatsu with Imaichi, Nikko.

- English Reference -


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Echigo Kaidoo 越後街道 Echigo Kaido

Connecting Aizu Wakamatsu with in Shibata town 新発田市 in former Echigo province. 越後国, now Niigata.

Aizu Wakamatsu 会津若松 (see above)

Sakashita juku 坂下宿 (福島県河沼郡会津坂下町)

Toodera juku 塔寺宿 Todera

Kitanomiya juku 気多宮宿 (福島県耶麻郡会津坂下町)

Katakado juku 片門宿 (福島県耶麻郡会津坂下町)

Honmyoo juku 本名宿 (福島県耶麻郡会津坂下町)

Tsunazawa juku 縄沢宿 (福島県耶麻郡西会津町)

Tsuugawa juku in Niigata 津川宿 (新潟県東蒲原郡阿賀町)

Tsunagi juku in Niigata 綱木宿 (新潟県東蒲原郡阿賀町)

Akatani juku 赤谷宿 (新潟県新発田市)

Yamauchi juku 山内宿 (新潟県新発田市)

Shibata town 新発田 (新潟県新発田市)

The ruins of Shibata castle are the main visitor attraction and provide the backdrop to the spring cherry blossom viewing parties. Also of note is the Shimizuen garden and Ijimino park.

source : WIKIPEDIA !


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新発田街道 Shibata Kaido Highway
(another name for the Echigo Kaido)



A legend from
新潟県 Niigata 東蒲原郡 Higashi Kanbara 阿賀町 Aga town

kitsune 狐 fox
德川時代、伊達政宗 Date Masamune に滅ぼされたカナガニトウトオミノカミ Kanaganito Ominokami の遺臣淸野孫右衛門 Minister Aono Magozaemon が漆沢集落 Urushizawa hamlet に来て、肝煎になった。その五代目が武家復興を月山権現 Gassan Gongen に念じて二十一日の願掛けをした。途中、痩せた狐の親子に赤飯を振る舞ってやった。満願の日、德川の家老オニコがお墨付きを持って迎えに来て、そのまま道中した。道中は犬止めの禁が出た。
新発田街道を通って聖篭で夜が明けると、行列はなく槍だと思っていたのは萱であった。孫右衛門はそのまま落ち延び、息子ともう独り着いていったものは帰ってきた。

- reference : kaguyast/toti/meisyo/aidukaido... -

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