Aizu Area

The Aizu area to the west of Fukushima Prefecture is the location of principal areas like Aizu-Wakamatsu City, home to Tsurugajo Castle. Tradition and samurai culture are deeply embedded in the region. Further afield, the Edo-era post town of Ouchi-juku can be found in Shimogo, in the southern Minamiaizu area. To the southwest, explore the Oze National Park area—a sweeping natural environment that reaches beyond Fukushima into Gunma, Niigata, and Tochigi too. Venturing north takes you to the ramen capital of Kitakata, also known for its sake and craft culture.

Weather in Aizu-Wakamatsu City

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Attractions

Kannonji-gawa River Cherry Trees
Nature & Scenery

Kannonji-gawa River Cherry Trees

Only a one-minute walk north of Kawageta Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line) is this beautiful 1 km-path along the banks of the Kannonji-gawa River. In the spring the path transforms into a spectacular tunnel of Yoshino cherry trees and weeping cherry trees. Kannonji-gawa River is perhaps the most fa...

Mt. Iimoriyama
Historical Sites

Mt. Iimoriyama

Located less than 4km from Tsurugajo Castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Mt. Iimoriyama has had a difficult and somewhat dark past. But despite it’s history, the natural beauty of the place remains untarnished. There are many local food stalls set up near the base of the hill, so it’...

Lake Inawashiro
Nature & Scenery

Lake Inawashiro

Japan's fourth-largest freshwater lake, Lake Inawashiro is situated in Bandai Asahi National Park. It is also known as the “Heavenly Mirror Lake” and has a surface area of 104 square kilometers! The combination of Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai form one of Aizu's representativ...

Higashiyama Onsen
Hot Springs

Higashiyama Onsen

Established over 1,300 years ago, Higashiyama Onsen is a well-known retreat area in Aizu-Wakamatsu City. The recognized historical onsen town is said to have been founded by the Buddhist priest Gyōki. According to legend, he found the area by following a bird with three legs, an auspicious and my...

Activities

Natural Sparkling Water in Kaneyama Town
Activities

Natural Sparkling Water in Kaneyama Town

Kaneyama Town is a scenic, rural town surrounded by woods. One of the most famous things about Kaneyama Town is its well of naturally carbonated water. Such water is rarely found in Japan. Small bubbles are infused into the water, giving it a gentle and smooth taste. Locals and visitors tak...

Ride the Oza-Toro-Tembo Train
Activities

Ride the Oza-Toro-Tembo Train

The Oza-Toro-Tembo Train is a limited-service sightseeing train which is operated during selected days of the peak tourist seasons. The train has three carriages - the oza carriage (which has a tatami-floor), the torokko (tram) carriage, and the tembo (observation deck) carriage. Stretch out a...

Hot in Yanaizu
Activities

Hot in Yanaizu

Yanaizu Town is best known as the birthplace of the legend of the lucky red cow Akabeko, but it is also known for its famous manju (sweet steamed buns). Hot in Yanaizu is a center with a bit of everything; it sells local products, has sightseeing information, rest areas, and an eatery. They even ...

Aizu-Wakamatsu City Green Tourism Club
Activities

Aizu-Wakamatsu City Green Tourism Club

Local farmers and agricultural associations offer a variety of authentic agricultural experiences, and are all waiting to provide you an unforgettable experience with a range of activities tailored for families, friends, schools, and company outings. Visitors can join farmers for a one-day farm e...

Where to stay

Irori no Yado Ashina
Ryokan

Irori no Yado Ashina

Ashina is a Japanese-style inn that preserves an atmosphere of old-style living in the Tohoku Region. The facility used to be part of a 120-year-old private residence, which was taken apart, moved and then rebuilt at its present location. An overnight stay at this inn will allow guests to experie...

Konjakutei
Ryokan

Konjakutei

An affiliated inn of Harataki, Konjakutei is a beautiful hideaway for travelers. The large baths are abundantly sourced with hot water piped directly from Konjakutei's own hot spring source, ensuring guests can enjoy good quality hot spring water every time they bathe. The daily menu prepa...

Harataki
Ryokan

Harataki

Among hot springs, this inn is rare for possessing their own spring source. You’ll enjoy the luxurious open-air baths to the fullest. They’re 100% “kakenagashi” (continuously flowing), which is the highest quality of hot spring water in Japan. Whether it’s spring, su...

Shosuke no Yado Takinoyu
Ryokan

Shosuke no Yado Takinoyu

A hot spring resort hotel named after Shosuke Ohara, a character in an old folk song, Takinoyu is located right next to Fushimigataki Waterfall, a major scenic spot in Aizu. You can enjoy a splendid view of the waterfall from the main baths and open-air bath. Other baths available for private use...

Posts about Aizu Area

  1. Access

    Getting to Ouchi-juku

      Tokyo to Ouchi-juku (Via Shin-Shirakawa) Koriyama to Ouchi-juku Fukushima to Ouchi-juku Aizu-Wakamatsu to Ouchi-juku Please note that all times are rough estimations and do not include accurate waiting times between stops. All prices listed below should be treated as...

    Getting to Ouchi-juku
  2. Access

    JR Tadami Line

    Station list and timetable for the JR Tadami Line (Updated April 2020) ABOUT SERVICE DISRUPTIONS Replacement bus service runs between Aizu-Kawaguchi Station and Tadami Station. TIMETABLE (FROM AIZU-WAKAMATSU TO KOIDE, VIA TADAMI) Station name Aizu-Wakamatsu ...

     JR Tadami Line
  3. Useful Information

    Ideas for Winter Trips in Fukushima

    I decided to write a bucket list of things to try out in Fukushima during the winter months! 1) TAKE IN THE VIEWS OF BEAUTIFUL OKU-AIZU The Tadami Line train connects Aizu-Wakamatsu City with Niigata Prefecture via some of Fukushima’s most beautiful rural towns and villages. T...

    Ideas for Winter Trips in Fukushima
  4. Useful Information

    Autumn Leaves in Fukushima

    Fukushima Prefecture is packed with a huge variety of amazing scenic spots. It goes without saying that there is lots to see during the momiji (autumn-leaf viewing) season! I have compiled a list of 10 of my recommended spots for autumn-leaf viewing! I hope you find it useful. ...

    Autumn Leaves in Fukushima
  5. Destination Spotlight

    Making Awamanju in Yanaizu

    I got to try my hand at making awamanju (a local delicacy from Yanaizu Town, Aizu) and really enjoyed the experience! This activity is suitable for people of all ages, and staff can even instruct you in English! But first things first… WHAT IS A MANJU? Manju are a type...

    Making Awamanju in Yanaizu
  6. Destination Spotlight

    Trying Out Ramie Weaving in Showa Village

    I visited Showa Village, in the rural Oku-Aizu region, in autumn. One of the places I headed to was Michi-no-Eki Karamushi Ori-no-Sato (Roadside Station) – pictured below – where I was able to try traditional ramie weaving! From shirts to bags, decorations to mats, Showa V...

    Trying Out Ramie Weaving in Showa Village
  7. Destination Spotlight

    Oku-Aizu Museum & Sannojaya Tea Room

    I recommending a visit to the Oku-Aizu Museum to anybody traveling around Aizu-Tajima area, especially to those who might have visited the Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival. It takes 15 minutes to reach Oku-Aizu Museum from Aizu-Tajima Station if travelling by car, and 30 minutes if using public transpor...

    Oku-Aizu Museum & Sannojaya Tea Room
  8. Destination Spotlight

    Crossing Mugenkyo Ravine by Ferry (Mugenkyo no Watashi)

    I had seen some amazing photos of the Mugenkyo Ferry (夢幻峡の渡し)passing through the beautiful emerald water of the Tadami River, and was excited to go and experience the ferry ride for myself. So I headed off to Mishima Town to meet Hoshi san, who had kindly offered to show me around. MY E...

    Crossing Mugenkyo Ravine by Ferry (Mugenkyo no Watashi)
  9. Destination Spotlight

    5 Reasons to Visit Mishima Town

    Mishima Town, in rural Oku-Aizu, is known for its beautiful scenery, historic craft techniques, delicious soba (buckwheat), and high quality Paulownia wood, known as ‘kiri’ in Japanese. Mishima has also been gaining attention in recent years for a less positive reason &nda...

    5 Reasons to Visit Mishima Town
  10. Destination Spotlight

    Salvador Dali Art Museum in Stunning Japanese National Park

    When I’ve spoken to friends from around the world who have visited Fukushima about their favorite places in the prefecture, this museum’s name has been brought up time and time again. So what is so special about this museum? SALVADOR DALI GALORE The founder of Morohashi Muse...

    Salvador Dali Art Museum in Stunning Japanese National Park
  11. Destination Spotlight

    Going to See Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival

    WHY IS THERE A GION FESTIVAL IN AIZU-TAJIMA? The most famous Gion Festival takes place every year in Gion, Kyoto. Hundreds of years ago, elite families were moved to various areas around the country. One of these areas was Aizu-Tajima, in Minamia Aizu, Fukushima. The families that moved from K...

    Going to See Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival
  12. Destination Spotlight

    Stumbling upon Traditional Japan in Nanokamachi-dori

    Dotted around Nanokamachi-dori Street (Aizu-Wakamatsu City) stand a number of extremely old buildings. Coming to this area of the city feels like stepping back in time, especially at quieter times of day. Many of the warehouses and factories that stand on Nanokamachi-dori are still used to this d...

    Stumbling upon Traditional Japan in Nanokamachi-dori
  13. Destination Spotlight

    Ouchi-juku Snow Festival

    Ouchi-juku, Minamiaizu, is a town with a rich history, and is well known having been used as a ‘post-town’ for travellers during the Edo period. The area includes 33 buildings which have been painstakingly preserved as they were hundreds of years ago. Ouchi-juku’s breathtak...

    Ouchi-juku Snow Festival
  14. Destination Spotlight

    5 Reasons to Visit Sazaedo Temple

    Sazaedo is a very special Buddhist temple. Constructed in 1796 entirely from wood, Sazaedo has a double-helix structure, meaning that those who enter Sazaedo will leave the temple without encountering anybody traveling in the opposite direction. The one-way route of Sazaedo was int...

    5 Reasons to Visit Sazaedo Temple
  15. Useful Information

    Guide to Visiting the Famous Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint

    I am often asked about how to reach the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint (also known as Daiichi Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint) which has become the focus of spotlights across the world. Taking a look at the beautiful photographs that can be taken there, it is easy to understand why people all ...

    Guide to Visiting the Famous Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint
  16. Destination Spotlight

    Historic Maezawa Farmhouses In Rural Japan

    Constructed at the end of the 16th century, the thatched roof farmhouses of Tateiwa Village are a hidden gem, buried deep in the heart of Minamiaizu, Fukushima Prefecture. L-SHAPED FARMHOUSES One of the first things I noticed upon arriving at Maezawa Village was the huge size and o...

    Historic Maezawa Farmhouses In Rural Japan
  17. Destination Spotlight

    Nicchu Line Weeping Cherry Blossom

    Yesterday I ticked one place off of my Fukushima bucket-list: the cherry blossom along the Nicchu Line in Kitakata City. It definitely did not disappoint, and I am so glad I got to go. The Nicchu Line is an old railway line that used to run between Kitakata City & Atsushio Onsen town. The rai...

    Nicchu Line Weeping Cherry Blossom
  18. Destination Spotlight

    Yunokami Onsen In Spring

    I visited Yunokami Onsen during the cherry blossom season! We visited the station in late April – which just so happened to be perfect timing! We were greeted with blue skies and sakura in full bloom. YUNOKAMI ONSEN STATION Yunokami Onsen Station is a very picturesque local station on...

    Yunokami Onsen In Spring
  19. Useful Information

    6 Reasons To Go Skiing In Fukushima (& Where To Go)

    I’m going to jump right into it: 6 Reasons to Go Skiing in Fukushima this winter! 1) ACCESS FROM TOKYO Some of Fukushima main ski resorts can be reached in just 2.5 hours by train (shinkansen and local) & bus 2) LONG SKI SEASON Being the third largest prefecture in Japan mak...

    6 Reasons To Go Skiing In Fukushima (& Where To Go)
  20. Useful Information

    Rotenburo Heaven – Private Open-air Baths In Fukushima

    In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a number of traditional Japanese inns (ryokan) in onsen towns throughout Fukushima where you can experience the magic of private rotenburo outdoor baths. WHAT ARE ROTENBURO? 'Rotenburo' translates as ‘open-air bath’. ...

    Rotenburo Heaven – Private Open-air Baths In Fukushima
  21. Destination Spotlight

    Goshiki-numa’s Breathtaking Blue Lakes

    Summer is the perfect time to take a hike around the incredible the Goshiki-numa Ponds in Urabandai. The range of colours which can be seen in the water of the picturesque lakes and ponds of this area has given it the name ‘Goshiki-numa’, meaning ‘Five Coloured Ponds’. ...

    Goshiki-numa’s Breathtaking Blue Lakes
  22. Destination Spotlight

    5 Reasons To Visit Tadami Line’s Yanaizu Town

    Yanaizu Town lies west of the historic city of Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. It’s a perfect destination to include in a day trip from Aizu-Wakamatsu City, or as part of the journey to Kaneyama or Miyashita, where you can stay the night before venturing out to see the No. 1 Tadami Ri...

    5 Reasons To Visit Tadami Line’s Yanaizu Town
  23. Useful Information

    5 Ginkgo Tree Spots To Visit In Fukushima This Autumn

    When it comes to the Japanese traditional of autumn leaf viewing, Fukushima Prefecture has so many fantastic spots to choose from. Whether the leaves of dark red maples, or bright yellow ginkgos, there are countless places worth visiting. In this post, I’ll introduce some of the famous and ...

    5 Ginkgo Tree Spots To Visit In Fukushima This Autumn
  24. Destination Spotlight

    Hiking Mt. Bandai

    Mt. Bandai is one of the most recognizable of Fukushima’s landmarks. It towers in the background of many scenic places and is located in a super picturesque area right next to Lake Inawashiro. Mt. Bandai is situated in Bandai-Asahi National Park, and is the focal point of the gorgeou...

    Hiking Mt. Bandai
  25. Destination Spotlight

    Photos from Ouchi-Juku

    Every time I visit Ouchi-juku, I notice new, amazing things about it. I thought I’d document a few of them in this post. I love taking photographs at Ouchi-juku, so I’d like to let my photos do the talking for the most part!

    Photos from Ouchi-Juku
  26. Destination Spotlight

    Tsurugajo Castle & the Meiji Restoration

    Tsurugajo Castle is a popular spot to visit among tourists coming to Fukushima. Whether you’re discovering the samurai history of Aizu-Wakamatsu City in the castle museum, relaxing while taking a sip of freshly-prepared matcha at Rinkaku Tea Rooms, or snapping some photos from the observato...

    Tsurugajo Castle & the Meiji Restoration
  27. Destination Spotlight

    To-no-hetsuri Crags: Spectacular Natural Rock Formations

    Tucked away in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu, stand the To-no-hetsuri Crags – an area of magnificent and other-worldly rock formations carved away from years of natural erosion. Shimogo is the same town where Ouchi-juku – the old post town popular with visitors to Fukushima Prefecture &nda...

    To-no-hetsuri Crags: Spectacular Natural Rock Formations
  28. Destination Spotlight

    Visiting Inawashiro in Summer

    Yesterday I traveled to Inawashiro Town and nearby Kitashiobara Village to check out some of the best places to visit in the area. Here is my list of recommended sightseeing spots in – and around –  Inawashiro Town. 1. TSUNODA LACQUER ART STUDIO(漆芸工房 角田) Yesterday ...

    Visiting Inawashiro in Summer
  29. Useful Information

    Fukushima's Top Cherry Blossom Spots

    Fukushima Prefecture is blessed with lush nature and dramatic scenery. As the third-largest prefecture in Japan, the climate, seasons and landscapes differ vastly by area. However, there is one season that is spectacular no matter where you may be in Fukushima – spring! Blossoms start to bl...

    Fukushima's Top Cherry Blossom Spots
  30. Destination Spotlight

    Tadami Line: 5 Sights You Shouldn't Miss

    The Tadami Line is an incredibly scenic railway that runs across Aizu. Connecting the bustling samurai city of Aizu-Wakamatsu with the serene, gorgeous countryside of Oku-Aizu, this route is definitely one to try out if you want a chance to see rural Japan at its best. The Tadami Line is gr...

    Tadami Line: 5 Sights You Shouldn't Miss
  31. Destination Spotlight

    2 Days in Aizu-Wakamatsu

    Here is an example of the kind of trip you could do in two days in Aizu-Wakamatsu City. Of course, all of the places mentioned below could be fitted into one day – but it might be a bit of a squeeze! DAY 1 1. JR KORIYAMA STATION Travel to Aizu-Wakamatsu either via the JR Ba...

    2 Days in Aizu-Wakamatsu
  32. Destination Spotlight

    1 Day in Kitakata

    Here is an example 1 day intinerary for a trip to Kitakata City! 1. KITAKATA STATION Start your trip at Kitakata Station. Kitakata Station can be reached from Aizuwakamatsu Station on the JR Ban-Etsu West Line heading from Niitsu (新津). It takes around 20 minutes from Aizuwakamatsu Sta...

    1 Day in Kitakata
  33. Destination Spotlight

    2 Day Road Trip to Oku-Aizu

    Aizu is a very large area of Fukushima Prefecture, so it may be difficult to decide whereabouts to go! I have created a model 2 day itinerary which you could follow as part of your visit to Fukushima Prefecture. Renting a car is necessary for this suggested itinerary. DAY 1 1. AIZU-WAKAMATS...

    2 Day Road Trip to Oku-Aizu
  34. Useful Information

    360 Degrees Onsen Hot Spring Video

    While on a tour of Fukushima Prefecture, John made some 360-degree videos that make you feel like you're right there with him; you’ll be able to join him in his travels and see what kind of adventures he embarked upon. You will be able to feel real moments, such as how far above you ...

    360 Degrees Onsen Hot Spring Video
  35. Useful Information

    Ryokan Hotels and Local Cuisine

    You can often see Japanese traditional inns, known as 'ryokan,' in towns which have hot springs. Most of these inns have rooms with beautiful tatami mats and futons, accompanied by scenic views of mountains, forests or a calm and relaxing hot spring town across a river. What’s mo...

    Ryokan Hotels and Local Cuisine
  36. Useful Information

    Japanese Onsen Bath Experience

    The beauty of hot springs in Fukushima is that each onsen has different characteristics, such as the different minerals and temperatures of the waters, or the different styles, sizes, and atmospheres of the baths. This variety in types of onsen baths is what sets aside onsen in Fukushima from tho...

    Japanese Onsen Bath Experience
  37. Destination Spotlight

    Feel the Samurai Spirit at Nisshinkan & Aizu Bukeyashiki

    Experience for yourself what the training of real samurai was like in Fukushima. During 1868, the Aizu region of Fukushima was the site of the final prolonged battle of the Boshin civil war, which was held between the supporters of the shogunate, and the newly formed government forces. Aizu was h...

    Feel the Samurai Spirit at Nisshinkan & Aizu Bukeyashiki
  38. Useful Information

    Discover Samurai History

    Japan is a land where samurai walked the streets with swords at their hips as recently as 150 years ago. However, those samurai disappeared into the annals of history as the country modernized. The Aizu region in Fukushima is known as the home to samurai who held out to the very end against th...

    Discover Samurai History
  39. Destination Spotlight

    A Photographer Familiar with Japan Talks about the Samurai Spirit

    Mr. Everett Brown is a professional American photographer who endeavors to discover the values of Japanese culture from an international perspective. He has accumulated a number of illustrious achievements, such as a prize from M.I.L.K: Moments of Intimacy, Laugher & Kinship, since he started...

    A Photographer Familiar with Japan Talks about the Samurai Spirit
  40. Useful Information

    Yuki-Matsuri: Fukushima’s Snow Festivals

    In the Aizu region located in the mountainous part of Fukushima, many festivals are held weaving together the beautiful contrasts of fire and snow during the coldest part of the winter season. The snow serves as a pure white molding material that projects the feelings of the people of Aizu, thems...

    Yuki-Matsuri: Fukushima’s Snow Festivals