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Step 3/15: Japan -
Price: 6 £
Traveling time: 1 hoursLocal trains from Sendai are frequent. They are also available from Fukushima. Shiroishi also has a shinkansen station: Shiroishizao, providing quick access to Tokyo.
Tips & Tricks
- People don't speak much English, but in doubt try asking the school aged kids!
- You can rent a bike from the train station here, it's the best way to get around
Things to see
The castle is supposed to be the best restored castle in Japan owing to its reconstruction with traditional methods and materials. There is a great samurai festival here every October, there's a recreation of the battle which took place here and ninjas (firemen) that slide down the outside of the castle!
The samurai house is actually an original which was donated to the city council approximately 20 years ago. It sits across a small moat with a little thatched roof, right behind the castle.
Smile Hiroba is a small square off the main street in Shiroishi. It doesn't look like much, but usually at least one Saturday a month there is something going on, from local market, to music concert. Just follow your ears.
Yes, even a tiny sleepy little town like Shiroishi has a specialty food! Shiroishi umen is a thin white noodle, like a lighter, thinner, tastier version of soba! It is served cold with a soy based dipping sauce and never fails to put a smile on my face. The best restaurant in my mind is just opposite the train station. The owner and his wife are charming and always ready to help!