Ouchijuku lying along Aizu West Road is a small village nestled among lofty mountains that once flourished as post town in the Edo period. The main road through this village was called Aizu West Road or Shimotsuke Road which played an important role in connecting Aizu Wakamatsu, a castle town in Fukushima Prefecture, and Imaichi in Tochigi Prefecture: straw rice sacks and commodities were cared overland along this road [ref]. Was cold, but not freezing and snow was fresh from the nights before: almost perfect :) Careful with your shoes: the main path is just mud when wet.