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 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

  • Today scattered clouds 10° - 12°
  • Sun scattered clouds 10° - 11°
  • Mon broken clouds 13° - 14°
  • Tue clear sky 14° - 15°

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

Mt. Adatara
Outdoor Activities

Mt. Adatara

Mt. Adatara is actually made up of multiple active volcanoes that form a broad mountain. It last erupted in 1996. Poems in the book Chieko-sho by Kotaro Takamura (1883-1956) helped make the mountain famous. The summit of Mt. Adatara stands at an altitude of 1700 m, stretcheing about 9 kilo...

Mt. Azuma-Kofuji
Outdoor Activities

Mt. Azuma-Kofuji

Every year in spring, as the snow melts away it leaves behind the shape of a giant white rabbit on the side of Mt. Azuma-Kofuji. This snow-made rabbit is called the “seeding rabbit” and it signals to the people of Fukushima that the farming season has come. No matter when you decide t...

Pick-Your-Own Fruit in Fukushima City
Outdoor Activities

Pick-Your-Own Fruit in Fukushima City

Fukushima is renowned for its delicious fruits, and a wide variety of direct-sale farmer's fruit stalls, 30 minute all-you-can pick tourist orchards, and other fruit attractions can be found among the vast fruit fields and orchards that line the "Fruit Line," which is the nickname f...

Mt. Ryozen
Outdoor Activities

Mt. Ryozen

Mt. Ryozen is a spiritual, historic mountain with beautiful scenery. Since the Muromachi Period, Ryozen Temple has been used as a training grounds for Buddhist monks. Apparently, monks-in-training used to tie themselves to cliff-edges as part of their training in self-discipline! Hikers can pa...

Where to stay

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...

Eirakukan
Accommodation

Eirakukan

At Eirakukan, modern amenities meet traditional Japanese aesthetics. With comfortable, western-style mattresses, you can enjoy the feeling of staying in a tatami mat room with maximum comfort. Discover the charms of Japanese hospitality, Omotenashi, and experience a feast of Japanese delicacies p...

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.)

Posts about Central Area

  1. Destination Spotlight

    Mt. Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

    I discovered Mt. Iwatsuno by accident. I did a farmstay in Motomiya City, and when I asked my farmstay host about her favourite place in Motomiya, she told me about Mt. Iwatsuno. My farmstay host described Mt. Iwatsuno as a mountainside scattered with huge rocks that had either been e...

    Mt. Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple
  2. Destination Spotlight

    Making Bamboo Lanterns in a Temple

    I discovered an awesome temple in Fukushima City! I’ve known that Ioji Temple existed for a long time, so I was really happy to finally get to visit. The architecture and traditional garden in the temple grounds make a visit to Ioji Temple worthwhile in itself, but what makes Ioji re...

    Making Bamboo Lanterns in a Temple
  3. Destination Spotlight

    Iizaka Onsen & Kenka Matsuri Autumn Festival

    WHERE IS IIZAKA ONSEN & WHAT IS A ‘KENKA MATSURI’? Iizaka Onsen is a quaint town built around the sources of the Iizaka Onsen hot springs. Iizaka Onsen hot spring water has been loved for over a millennium, and is well-known in Japan. Residents of Tokyo often pop up on the Shin...

    Iizaka Onsen & Kenka Matsuri Autumn Festival
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Destination Spotlight

    Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-fi Heroes

    It struck me recently that when people think about travelling in Fukushima Prefecture, Sukagawa doesn’t tend to be the first place that comes to mind. But the city has some really interesting places to visit and incredible festivals to experience. What’s more, it’s really easy t...

    Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-fi Heroes
  7. Destination Spotlight

    Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival

    Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival is held annually on the first Saturday, Sunday, and following Monday in October. The sight of the festival floats, stretching up 11 metres at their tallest, shining bright in the evening light makes Nihonmatsu famous as the home to one of the top three lantern festival...

    Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival
  8. Destination Spotlight

    Enjoying Mt. Adatara in Autumn

    Mt. Adatara is one of Fukushima Prefecture’s most spectacular places to go and see the bright colours of the autumn leaves, in a custom that is called 'momiji-gari' in Japanese. I went to Mt. Adatara in Nihonmatsu to try and do some momiji-gari of my own! I was a little worried abou...

    Enjoying Mt. Adatara in Autumn
  9. Destination Spotlight

    10 things to do at Abukuma Cave

    Formed over 80 million years by underground streams and covered with stalactites and stalagmites is the Abukuma Cave. This 3 km-long limestone cave network was discovered in 1969, and 600m of it has been opened to the public to date. Abukuma Cave is said to hold the biggest variety and number ...

    10 things to do at Abukuma Cave
  10. Destination Spotlight

    History Of Dekoyashiki Craft District

    'Takashiba Dekoyashiki' is the name given to a group of 4 residences-turned-museums-and-shops that make traditional crafts in Takashiba District of Koriyama City. Each of these 4 residences is open for the public to come and visit most days (They are closed on Thursday though). The...

    History Of Dekoyashiki Craft District
  11. Destination Spotlight

    Daruma Paradise In Shirakawa City

    I love art and creating things, so I was really pleased to learn I’d be painting a daruma as part of my trip to Shirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture. WHAT IS A DARUMA? Daruma are a traditional craft with origins rooted strongly in Buddhism. The word daruma seems to have come from ...

    Daruma Paradise In Shirakawa City
  12. 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
  13. Destination Spotlight

    Spending A Winter Day In Tsuchiyu Onsen

    Tsuchiyu Onsen has been a well-loved kokeshi-producing onsen town for over 170 years. Kokeshi are painted wooden dolls, which have been produced in Japan since the late 18th century in onsen towns in Tohoku (the eastern region of Japan). Kokeshi were originally made and sold in ...

    Spending A Winter Day In Tsuchiyu Onsen
  14. Access

    Getting To Iizaka Onsen By Train

    Getting to Iizaka Onsen from Fukushima Station via public transport can seem a little confusing the first time. This is because the train line that goes to Iizaka Onsen (the Fukushima Transportation Line) is located in a different building from the main Tohoku line and Shinkansen Line trains. ...

    Getting To Iizaka Onsen By Train
  15. Destination Spotlight

    Azuma-Kofuji’s Short & Scenic Hiking Route

    Home to a wealth of stunning views and scenic roads that can be enjoyed by car or bike, the eastern side of the Azuma mountain range that borders the prefectures of Fukushima and Yamagata is particularly popular for those who enjoy hiking and walking. Mt. Azuma-Kofuji (which translates as ‘...

    Azuma-Kofuji’s Short & Scenic Hiking Route
  16. 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
  17. Destination Spotlight

    Snowy Drive Along Bandai-Azuma Skyline

    Bandai-Azuma Skyline, the stunning sightseeing road that runs through the Azuma mountain range, is closed for almost 5 months of every year, from mid-November to early-April. I took a drive in early April to celebrate the reopening of the road, and got to take in my first views from Skyline of th...

    Snowy Drive Along Bandai-Azuma Skyline
  18. Destination Spotlight

    Hanamiyama in Full Bloom

    During the spring, Hanamiyama, and the surrounding scenery, explodes with colour and beauty. I have always associated the Japanese custom of hanami (flower viewing) with light pink cherry blossom. But at Hanamiyama, there is just so much colour! During my visit to Hanamiyama I...

    Hanamiyama in Full Bloom
  19. Useful Information

    Reaching Miharu Takizakura

    KEY INFORMATION VISITING HOURS Visiting hours are usually between 6:00-18:00, but they are extended until 20:30 during the light-up period. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO VISIT? Miharu Town asks for visitors to pay 300 yen to visit the tree. This money goes towards the continued conservatio...

    Reaching Miharu Takizakura
  20. 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
  21. Destination Spotlight

    Nature Lovers: 3 Day Trip

    DAY 1 FUKUSHIMA STATION Information on accessing Fukushima Station from Tokyo JODODAIRA HIKE From Jododaira Visitor Center, you can choose from a number of hikes – from the 1-hour course that circles the volcanic crater of Mt. Azuma-Kofuji, to longer courses that pass through be...

    Nature Lovers: 3 Day Trip
  22. Destination Spotlight

    1 Day in Shirakawa

    START: SHIRAKAWA STATION (JR TOHOKU MAIN LINE) 1. DARUMA PAINTING EXPERIENCE Try out painting a traditional Shirakawa Daruma, or how about making your own unique design? There are two main places in Shirakawa City where daruma are made: Watanabe Daruma and Sagawa Daruma Workshop. I have add...

    1 Day in Shirakawa
  23. Destination Spotlight

    Springtime Koriyama Day Trip

    For this itinerary, I would recommend renting a car at Koriyama station, or elsewhere. All of the spots included in the itinerary above are at least a 10-15 minute drive from each other, so renting a car would be the easiest way to make the most of your day out in Koriyama! 1. M...

    Springtime Koriyama Day Trip
  24. Destination Spotlight

    Hanami Day Trip from Tokyo

    Here is a step-by-step guide for visiting 3 hanami spots in Fukushima as a day trip from Tokyo, using only public transport! 1. HANAMIYAMA A beautiful park on a hill overlooking the Azuma mountain range, Hanamiyama Park is filled with a spectacular variety of blossoms every spring. T...

    Hanami Day Trip from Tokyo
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. Destination Spotlight

    Ebisu Circuit: A Drift Paradise

    The popularity of drifting has grown around the world thanks to the Fast and the Furious movie series, the manga ‘Initial D’, and other such works. The Ebisu Circuit in the northern area of central Fukushima Prefecture, is referred to as a paradise in the world of drifting. The vast g...

    Ebisu Circuit: A Drift Paradise
  28. Destination Spotlight

    Japan's Oldest Waterfall Sakura

    Cherry blossoms in Fukushima Prefecture can be enjoyed over a long span of time from late March through early May because of the variation in climate across the wide distances between the east and west. One area particularly famous for cherry blossoms that features a number of famous trees is Mih...

    Japan's Oldest Waterfall Sakura
  29. Destination Spotlight

    Sakura Bliss Hike at Hanamiyama

    Vistas of indescribable beauty will greet you at Hanamiyama, an area in Fukushima City, in springtime between March and April. The abundant flowers, including cherry and peach blossoms, magnolia, forsythia, and Japanese quince, weave their colors together to create a gradation of nature with pink...

    Sakura Bliss Hike at Hanamiyama