Wakaki Shoten

A rare kura (storehouse) open for free - there is also a nostalgic sweets and Japanese goods store

Wakaki Shoten is a historic soy sauce and miso brewer that was founded in 1755. 

You can visit the brick kura (storehouse) built in 1904 while strolling through the garden for free. This is a valuable kura. It has been certified as a tangible registered cultural property of Japan and Heritage of Meiji Industrial Modernization. There is a tool kura and a zashikigura (storehouse laid with tatami mats). You cannot enter inside the zashikigura. However, you can see it through the glass from the first floor of the tool kura. 

One of the highlights is Wakaki Showakan - the adjoining sweets and Japanese goods store. It has a retro atmosphere with telephone poles substituting for lighting, hand pumps and a grandfather clock. There is an exhibition of nostalgic tin plate toys and plastic models that will delight enthusiasts. The new sensation soy sauce soft serve ice cream is also very popular!

There is also an akabeko (red cow toy) painting experience class (for five or more people with reservations to be made about four days in advance). You can buy miso and soy sauce in the store, so please do so for souvenirs.

General Information

Opening Times
Shops: 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m.
Brick warehouse: 9:30 a.m. to around 4:30 p.m.
Wakaki Showakan: Around 10 a.m. to around 3 p.m. (Closed from December to March)
●Approx. 20 minutes from Aizuwakamatsu IC on the Banetsu Expressway
●Approx. 12 minutes from Kitakata Station on the JR Banetsu West Line
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