- Oku-Aizu Area Day Trip
Oku-Aizu Area Day Trip
- All Year
- 5 destinations
- One Day
This one-day trip in Oku-Aizu departs from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, and features a visit to the No.1 Tadami River Bridge View Point and Enzoji Temple, so you can enjoy a full day out in Oku-Aizu!
Please note, the times below are correct as of the December 2022 Tadami Line timetable. See here for more information about visiting the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge View Point.
Take the 6:08 AM JR Tadami Line train departing from Aizu-Wakamatsu Sta. and get off at Aizu-Miyashita Sta. (arrival at 7:38). From Aizu-Miyashita Sta., take the 8:10 AM commuter bus to Michi-no-Eki Ozekaido Mishima-juku (The commuter bus doesn’t run on Sundays or Japanese National Holidays).View directions
The viewpoint is about a 10 min walk from Michi-no-Eki Ozekaido Mishima-juku.View directions
Tadami River Bridge No. 1 Viewpoint
- Aizu Area
Return to Aizu-Miyashita Sta. from Michi-no-Eki Ozekaido Mishima-juku by reservable bus at 10:20 AM. From there, take a taxi to Enzoji Temple. Alternatively, take a taxi straight from Ozekaido Mishima-juku. Getting from Ozekaido Mishima-juku to Enzoji Temple takes between 15 and 30 min.View directions
- Aizu Area
It takes between 10 and 20 min to walk from Enzoji Temple to Tsukimigaoka Chomin Center.View directions
Tsukimigaoka Chomin Center
- Aizu Area
It takes 5 min to walk from Tsukimigaoka Chomin Center to Hot in Yanaizu.View directions
Hot in Yanaizu
- Aizu Area
Depart from Aizu-Yanaizu Sta. (JR Tadami Line) at either 1:23 PM or 4:22 PM (depending on how much time you spend in the town) and head back to Aizu-Wakamatsu Sta. (this journey takes about 1 hour). Stay the night at Higashiyama Onsen or at a hotel in central Aizu-Wakamatsu City.View directions
The Famous Sights of Aizu
Spend a day traveling to the most famous sights of the Aizu region of Fukushima by train. Begin your trip in Kitakata City, famous for its delicious ramen, sake made from the best quality mountain water, and traditional Japanese crafts. Specializing in the local Kitakata-style, there are more than 100 ramen shops in the area—the most per capita in the world! Kitakata is also famous for horse-drawn carriage tours and the city center where over 4,200 traditional kurazashiki storehouses remain or have been converted into inns, shops, and breweries. You can even visit the local ramen shrine of Kitakata that doubles as a ramen museum. Learn all about this famous and much beloved food. From the Kitakata Ramen Museum travel to Tsurugajo Castle, famed for its beautiful red tiles and the tragic history of the Byakkotai samurai brigade. After a brush with history, move on to the charming shopping street of Nanokamachi-dori Street. There are plenty of wonders and shops for you to explore in the area. Take a few hours to find souvenirs and take photos. You'll be spoiled by the sights and wonder of everything that Aizu has to offer you.
Fukushima’s Revitalization Educational One-Day Tour
This is a model itinerary for visitors who would like to learn about Fukushima’s revitalization. The coastal area of Fukushima is the only place in the world to have survived a triple disaster: an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster. Following extensive decontamination efforts and a great deal of demolition and reconstruction, several areas that were once designated as ‘difficult to return’ have started welcoming both residents and visitors again, with many residents eager to share their stories with the world. This itinerary centers on the towns of Futaba and Namie, both of which were severely affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in 2011. The first stop is Futaba station and the surrounding Futaba Art District, a mural art initiative that pays homage to the residents and folk art of the town. From there, you’ll visit the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum, which has a detailed account of the area before, during, and after the disaster. At the museum, you’ll learn about the stories and testimonies of locals, as well as the plans and ideas for the future of Fukushima. The last stop is the remains of the Ukedo Elementary School in Namie town. Although the school building, located only 300 meters from the sea, sustained great damage from the tsunami, students, teachers and staff were able to evacuate from the school safely, for which it is known as a ‘miracle’ school. This is a one-day itinerary, but we recommend staying somewhere in the coastal area of Fukushima after your visit.
Refreshing Fruits and Waters of Fukushima
It’s time to be refreshed by the fresh fruits and hot waters of Fukushima City. This one-day itinerary can be experienced any time of the year. Catch a taxi from Fukushima Station and head out to Marusei Orchard. Here you’ll be able to pick fresh, juicy fruit already ripe for the eating. Eat all you can, and fill up on Fukushima’s best fruits. After you’ve had your fill of fruit, take a taxi to Iizaka Onsen. This hot spring area is famous in Japan for being one of the best in the area. After dipping your feet in the foot bath at Kyu Horikiri-tei, head over to Hanamomo no Yu (Hotel Juraku's onsen facility), soak in the hot, hot waters, and let your stress just melt away. You’re definitely in for a treat at all of these wonderful places and you’ll leave full and satisfied, not to mention warm and relaxed. It’s truly a rejuvenation for mind and body!
A Summertime Traditional Experience
There’s no better way to celebrate summertime in Japan than with an impressive display of fireworks and masterful pyrotechnics along the riverside with a cold drink. Begin your Japanese summer adventure at Fukushima Station and travel by bus to the site of the Fukushima Fireworks Festival. Be prepared to be wowed as the night sky comes alive with a spectacle of lights and color. Let the sound of the fireworks, like rolling thunder, wash over your senses as you ooh and ah at the magnificent displays. The next day, make your way to the Soma Nomaoi to see the masterful horsemanship before your very eyes. The Soma Nomaoi has been performed abroad and was originated hundreds of years ago from military training carried out on horseback. Feel history and culture come to life and ignore the heat of summer with these fascinating and awe-inspiring experiences. Finish up your trip at Fukushima Station where you can do a spot of shopping before heading home. Please note, while Fukushima Fireworks Festival and Soma Nomaoi are generally held on the same weekend in July, please make sure to check the dates before planning your trip. Also, please be aware that the Fukushima Fireworks Festival may be cancelled in the event of rain.