Central Area

The Naka-dori (central) area lies at the heart of Fukushima Prefecture. It is home to the principal cities of Koriyama and Fukushima City, both prominent stops along the JR Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) line. The Naka-dori region serves as the most common entry point to Fukushima, with the bullet train bringing visitors from Tokyo to the south and Sendai to the north. A number of sightseeing spots can be found here, from the Nihonmatsu area to the cherry blossom discoveries of Miharu.

Weather in Koriyama City

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Attractions

Takayu Onsen
Hot Springs

Takayu Onsen

This famous hot spring area is located at an altitude of approximately 750 meters, which is why it’s called 'taka-yu' ('taka' means 'high-up' and 'yu' means 'hot spring'). Located on the slopes of the Azuma mountain range, Takayu Onsen area was once k...

Miharu Takizakura
Nature & Scenery

Miharu Takizakura

Miharu is a small town in central Fukushima Prefecture. The town’s name means “three springs” and it is easy to see how it got such a name. With cherry, plum, and peach trees blossoming in spectacular displays every spring, it is almost as if spring has tripled! But the most fam...

Hanamiyama
Nature & Scenery

Hanamiyama

[Update: Hanamiyama area (including Hanamiya Park) will be closed until further notice from March 14 2020 due to the Coronavirus. Please check the Fukushima Guide website for updates] Hanamiyama Park is a privately-owned field for flowering and ornamental trees, in southeast Fukushima City. T...

Bandai-Azuma Skyline Snow Corridor
Nature & Scenery

Bandai-Azuma Skyline Snow Corridor

The Bandai-Azuma Skyline is a 29-kilometer sightseeing road to the west of Fukushima City. The roadway makes for a lovely drive as it weaves its way through the Azuma Mountain Range, tying together Takayu Onsen and the Tsuchiyu Mountain Pass. It has even been nicknamed “the road that runs a...

Activities

Taiheiyo Club Shirakawa Resort
Activities

Taiheiyo Club Shirakawa Resort

The golf course features 18 flat holes spread across the Shirakawa Hatoriko Highland, which is surrounded by cool, refreshing air, thanks to its location 950 meters above sea level. Fairways are separated with white birches and Japanese larches. You can enjoy rounds to your heart's content wh...

Green Tea Experience at Suirakuen Garden
Activities

Green Tea Experience at Suirakuen Garden

Try matcha green tea in a traditional tea house in Suirakuen Garden, located inside Nanko Park. Suirakuen Garden is also a popular place to visit for its fall foliage.

Adatara Kogen Ski Resort
Activities

Adatara Kogen Ski Resort

The Adatara Kogen Ski Resort is located about halfway up the eastern side of Mt. Adatara, one of the One Hundred Famous Mountains of Japan. Powder-snowed slopes extending from an altitude of 950 meters to 1,350 meters offer superb enjoyment to everyone from beginners to advanced skiers. The well-...

Tenei Village Children's Dream School Promotion Association
Activities

Tenei Village Children's Dream School Promotion Association

Experience British culture in a cozy, family-like setting with farmers, all without leaving Japan! Practice table manners and a different sort of English conversation inside British-style buildings, which faithfully recreate Britain in the Middle Ages. Visitors are offered a chance to learn about...

Accommodation

Hotel Sansuiso
Accommodation

Hotel Sansuiso

This lovely hot spring lodging offers a unique experience. You’ll be able to hear the sound of the two-tiered waterfall along the Arakawa River from their open-air hot spring baths. Enjoy the wonderful views of the abundant local nature in this rural haven. Take a moment for yourself at this luxu...

Hotel Hananoyu
Ryokan

Hotel Hananoyu

A beautifying hot spring hotel with fantastic dining options and over 30 different baths to try.  

Iizaka Hotel Juraku
Ryokan

Iizaka Hotel Juraku

Daily entertainment includes: From 8:30 PM: Mochi (rice cake) pounding event From 8:50 PM: Musical performance of the day (Tsugaru-jamisen, Taisho-goto harp, etc.)

KIRAKUYA Inn
Ryokan

KIRAKUYA Inn

Kirakuya Inn has friendly, English speaking owners. The inn is conveniently located for travel from Tokyo and rooms have reasonable prices, making it an ideal stop for visitors from abroad. A stay at Kirakuya will also give you the opportunity to experience bathing in a natural hot spring. The sp...

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