Monday, 28 September 2009
Tsugawa to Kitakata - part 4
After pottering around town and checking out some fantastic buildings it was easy to see why so many people come here, of course ramen is probably the biggest draw card in Kitakata as the town has over 100 ramen shops but it's collection of historic buildings and kura - store houses are fantastic as most other towns, cities around Japan have not had the foresight to retain their heritage buildings. Kitakata has a thriving tourist industry because in part of its heritage buildings and is a perfect example of what can be achieved through heritage tourism. Taking the train back to Tsugawa was the best option as neither of us would have had the energy to make the return trip by bicycle. Upon arriving back in Niigata city at 6pm we were both rather tired but even though it was far more difficult than I imaged we both enjoyed ourselves.