I went on a long drive up to Fukushima and arrived in the early evening after having made a few stops to take photos. I ended up parking outside a hot spring onsen, where the hotel manager kindly let me use their private outdoor rock hot spring (for about $5) before spending the night parked out in the camper.
The next morning, I visited the town of Ōuchi-juku which used to serve as a post station for travelers passing through during the Edo period. It has been preserved and reconstructed beautifully, and is still lined with traditional thatch roof huts selling all kinds of hearty homemade foods.
For lunch, I tried a bowl of walnut soba noodles which was the typical buckwheat noodles, but with the addition of walnuts ground up into a paste. The restaurants were very rustic and old-fashioned, with straw mat floors and the traditional fire pit for cooking.
I also tried out their soy donuts made out of okara. I made a post a while back on okara, which is actually the soy pulp left over from making things like tofu and soy milk. (See my homemade okara burger here) Like everything else here, the donuts were freshly made just seconds before I purchased them. This was such a fantastic treat!