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Museum in Kitakata

Yamatogawa Sake Brewing Museum

Step into the Yamatogawa Sake Brewing Museum to peek inside a kura (mud-walled storehouse) that dates from 1790 and, until 20 years ago, functioned as a sake brewery. It's a 15-minute walk north of Kitakata train st…
Ramen in Kitakata

Kōhei

This pure and simple, super-friendly noodle joint has been in the family for decades. Their secret soy-based shikkoku (jet black) ramen, for which they're famed, is rich and soupy. Look for the red awning: it's on a…
Ramen in Kitakata

Genraiken

There are only so many bowls of ramen one can eat in a day (roughly eight by last count), so best to eat them at the oldest and most well-known ramen joint. Find it one block north and one block east of the train st…
Museum in Kitakata

Kitakata Kura-no-Sato

This collection of kura (mud-walled storehouses) has been arranged as a museum with artefacts and the obligatory gift shop or two.