Coastal Area

Coastal Area

The Hama-dori (coastal) area comprises the eastern third of Fukushima Prefecture, sitting along the coastline with the Pacific Ocean. Historically, it served as a major coastal route of travel through ancient Japan. To the south, the Iwaki area is famous for its hot springs, as well as designated a National Treasure, Shiramizu Amidado Temple.

The wider region continues to enjoy a resurgence, thanks to reconstruction and recovery efforts following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, which affected several parts of this eastern region.

Weather in Iwaki City

  • Today overcast clouds 24° - 27°
  • Sat broken clouds 28° - 31°
  • Sun light rain 30° - 31°
  • Mon light rain 30° - 31°

Attractions

Aquamarine Fukushima
Museums & Galleries

Aquamarine Fukushima

Aquamarine Fukushima is an ‘environmental aquarium’ that exhibits aquatic creatures in environments which closely mimic their natural habitats. As well as being an aquarium, Aquamarine Fukushima is also home to a research center and offers educational information about sustainability ...

Iwaki Yumoto Onsen
Hot Springs

Iwaki Yumoto Onsen

This well-known hot spring is thought to be one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. The list of most ancient springs also includes Dogo Onsen (Ehime Prefecture) and Arima Onsen (Hyogo Prefecture). It is said that Iwaki Yumoto Onsen as first used for its hot spring water around one thousand yea...

Spa Resort Hawaiians
Attractions

Spa Resort Hawaiians

Iwaki Yumoto Onsen is the source spring for Spa Resort Hawaiians, and together with Dogo and Arima hot springs, has a long history as one of the three major Japanese hot springs. You can enjoy five kinds of spa theme parks, including Water Park, Spring Park, Spa Garden PARO, Vir Port, and the lar...

Wonder Farm
Nature & Scenery

Wonder Farm

Wonder Farm, which covers the same area as 3.5 football pitches, includes a local products shop, restaurant, BBQ site, and tomato-picking experience! Mori no Kitchen (the restaurant inside Wonder Farm) is stylish, comfortable, and serves great food. The delicious pizzas and tomato curries ar...

Activities

Strawberry Picking in Soma City
Outdoor Activities

Strawberry Picking in Soma City

Pick your own strawberries at one of the 11 farms within walking distance of the Wada Strawberry Tourism Association office. Strawberry picking season is from December to mid-May. Visit Wada Strawberry Tourism Association during this time to take part in an all-you-can-eat 30 minute strawberry pi...

Where to stay

Hotel Palmspring
Hotel

Hotel Palmspring

Hotel Palmspring is a resort hotel that is perfect for both business and leisure. A convenient base for sightseeing in Iwaki, the hotel has excellent access to Spa Resort Hawaiians (5 min by car or taxi) and Aquamarine Fukushima (20 min drive). Sourced a natural hot spring, the cypress wood ba...

Ujo no Yado Shintsuta
Ryokan

Ujo no Yado Shintsuta

Ujo no Yado Shintsuta is a Japanese-style ryokan located in the Iwaki Yumoto Onsen hot spring town. Shintsuta’s open-air bath surrounded by a bamboo grove in the inner garden has a rich atmosphere and offers the utmost enjoyment of onsen and the four seasons. Japanese-style course menus are...

Koito Ryokan
Ryokan

Koito Ryokan

Koito Ryokan is a Japanese-style inn, located in the Iwaki Yumoto Onsen town, in Iwaki City. Koito Ryokan has a warm atmosphere and good-quality hot spring water that is naturally enriched with sulfur and is gentle on the skin. Its proximity to Yumoto Station, a number of restaurants, and a conve...

Posts about Coastal Area

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Destination Spotlight

    Shiramizu Amidado Temple in Iwaki

    Shiramizu Amidado Temple is a beautiful, historic Buddhist temple in a serene and peaceful garden. For those planning a trip to Iwaki or Northern Ibaraki, it is a great place to add to your itinerary! WHAT IS AN AMIDADO? 'Amidado' is the name given to a temple dedicated to the B...

    Shiramizu Amidado Temple in Iwaki
  4. Destination Spotlight

    Tomato Heaven in Wonder Farm, Iwaki

    Peaches are the most famous produce of Fukushima, but blessed with a climate slap bang in the middle of Japan, Fukushima produces countless types of delicious fruit and veggies. At Wonder Farm, a ‘new age farm’, visitors can learn about farming and also eat lots of delicious, local...

    Tomato Heaven in Wonder Farm, Iwaki
  5. Destination Spotlight

    Hanami & Hope in Tomioka

    The Sakura Tunnel, made up of 400 cherry blossom trees that line Tomioka’s Yonomori district, made the area a well-known hanami (flower-viewing) spot. However, following 3.11, the fantastic cherry trees could no longer be enjoyed in the springtime. That all changed in April 2...

    Hanami & Hope in Tomioka
  6. Destination Spotlight

    Shoko Kanazawa Calligraphy Art Museum In Iwaki

    The Shoko Kanazawa Art Museum in Iwaki City is home to many fantastic pieces of calligraphy created by Shoko Kanazawa, an artist who was born with Down syndrome. The art museum shares its location with a kimono museum called Kimononoyakata Marusan (which contains the world’s largest ...

    Shoko Kanazawa Calligraphy Art Museum In Iwaki
  7. Destination Spotlight

    Watching Exhilarating Samurais On Horseback – Soma Nomaoi

    The Soma Nomaoi is a 3-day festival takes place during the last weekend of July every year, and is centered around 3 main shrines in the cities of Minamisoma and Soma. It is thought that the festival has its roots in a local tradition from the 10th century, when horses were chased and tame...

    Watching Exhilarating Samurais On Horseback – Soma Nomaoi
  8. Destination Spotlight

    Visiting Aquamarine Fukushima

    Aquamarine Fukushima is a fun, thought-provoking aquarium and research center in Iwaki. Aquamarine Fukushima educates visitors about the marine animals and ecosystems found in oceans, rivers, streams, seashores, and even rice paddies, through a wide range of displays. From ‘li...

    Visiting Aquamarine Fukushima
  9. Destination Spotlight

    The Hula Girls Of Iwaki Yumoto Onsen

    A city on the eastern coast of Fukushima is probably the last place you would expect to find a Polynesian Hula Girl Show. Since the 1960s, Spa Resort Hawaiians (a resort complex, home to countless spas, swimming pools, hotels and the world’s largest open-air bath) has been a ven...

    The Hula Girls Of Iwaki Yumoto Onsen
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Destination Spotlight

    2 Days in Iwaki

    DAY 1 1. IWAKI STATION This example itinerary departs from Iwaki Station. For directions to Iwaki Station see here. I recommend traveling by rental car for this 2 day itinerary. 2. AQUAMARINE FUKUSHIMA Aquamarine Fukushima is an amazing aquarium and research centre which is in som...

    2 Days in Iwaki