Autumn in Fukushima

The fall season is a recommended time to visit Fukushima, with the red autumn foliage bringing shades of color to the prefecture’s natural landscapes. The Bandai-Azuma Skyline, Shiramizu Amidado area, Urabandai, and Inawashiro Lake are good examples of this. It’s also festival season, so take your pick from Aizu’s Samurai Parade, the Taimatsu-Akashi Fire Festival, the Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival, and many more.

Average temperature

  • Sep 25° / 17°
  • Oct 20° / 10°
  • Nov 14° / 4°
  • Autumn Foliage Mid October to mid November

Autumn Leaves

To-no-hetsuri Crags
Nature & Scenery

To-no-hetsuri Crags

A national natural monument, To-no-hetsuri Crags consists of tower-shaped cliffs overlooking Okawa River. Hetsuri is an Aizu word meaning "a cliff overlooking a river" or "a steep slope" in the local dialect. These strange-shaped cliffs are thought to be made of various types ...

Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko
Historical Sites

Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko

Built in 1055, the Nagatoko is Shingu Kumano Shrine's worship hall and translates to “long floor”. It is designated as a Nationally Important Cultural Asset. Built as the main structure during the Heian period to the Kamakura period, its thatched roof is supported by 44 massive pi...

Tsuchiyu Onsen
Hot Springs

Tsuchiyu Onsen

Tsuchiyu Onsen, located at the heart of Mt. Azuma, is surrounded by beautiful scenic spots, and rich with hot spring facilities, including footbaths and public baths. A Japan of years gone by is captured in the nostalgic streets of Tsuchiyu Onsen. Check out the various shops selling the town&rsqu...

Nanko Park
Nature & Scenery

Nanko Park

In 1801, Matsudaira Sadanobu (Rakuoukou), the twelfth Shirakawa lord, constructed the recreation area which was to be opened to everybody based on the “Shimin Kyoraku” concept. Nanko Park is considered to be the oldest Japanese-style park. There are Yoshino cherry blossoms (about 800 ...

Mt. Bandai Gold Line
Nature & Scenery

Mt. Bandai Gold Line

Mt. Bandai Gold Line connects Bandai Kogen, a highland rich with lakes diverse in shapes and size, and various alpine plants, and the Aizu area, which has an immensely rich and fascinating history. This submontane sightseeing road offers diverse views of Mt. Bandai and can lead visitors to eit...

Enzoji Temple
Historical Sites

Enzoji Temple

A symbolic temple of Aizu, Enzoji was made about 1,300 years ago in 807. Fukuman Kokuzo Enzoji Temple was built by Tokuichi Daishi, a noted priest from Aizu. The main hall of the temple rises high above a huge crag. From here, the Tadami River can be viewed flowing magnificently through the to...

Shiramizu Amidado Temple
Historical Sites

Shiramizu Amidado Temple

Shiramizu Amidado Temple (Amitabha Hall) was constructed in 1160 by Princess Tokuhime of the Oushu Fujiwara clan, which built the "golden culture" in Oushu (the present Tohoku Region). It is the only building in Fukushima Prefecture that has been designated as a national treasure. Insid...

Tenkyokaku
Nature & Scenery

Tenkyokaku

Named by the Crown Prince Yoshihito upon its opening in 1907 as “The Palace of Heaven’s Mirror”, Tenkyokaku is a decadently decorated former villa. Imperial Prince Arisugawa Takehito decided to build Tenkyokaku after being impressed by the beauty of Lake Inawashiro during a visi...

Sukagawa Botan-en Peony Garden
Nature & Scenery

Sukagawa Botan-en Peony Garden

This peony garden is three times the size of Tokyo Dome, and has 7,000 of these large flowers, of 290 types. Also, it features trees more than 200 years old, the "Showa-no-yume" variety unique to Sukagawa, a rare "toryo" Chinese peony presented by Luoyang, Sukagawa's siste...

Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls
Nature & Scenery

Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls

Breathe in the cool, crisp negative ion air and relax under the shade of trees as you marvel at the beauty of the Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls. Two waterfalls make up the Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls; Odaki is considered the male fall and is the larger of the two (16m tall), while the smaller of the two is consi...

Yamamoto Fudoson Temple
Historical Sites

Yamamoto Fudoson Temple

Yamamoto Fudoson Temple was built over 1000 years ago in a rocky cavern. The temple can be reached by taking paths lined with century-old Japanese cedar trees, and climbing a 130-step stone staircase. The cave that makes up part of the Yamamoto Fudoson temple grounds is where the Buddhist deity e...

Kashi-Ohashi Bridge
Nature & Scenery

Kashi-Ohashi Bridge

Nishigo Village is truly blessed with breathtaking scenery and view spots, such as Kashi Ohashi Bridge. Kashi Ohashi Bridge stretches for 199m against a backdrop of mountains, colored with fresh spring greenery or bright red leaves, depending on the season. Home to the water source of the Abuk...

Nakakamodo Maple Tree
Nature & Scenery

Nakakamodo Maple Tree

Nakakamado is a very uniquely shaped maple tree. This incredible tree – designated as a Natural Monument – looks like an open umbrella, and has 3m of roots that protrude out of the ground. If visiting during autumn-leaf season, it’s best to plan your trip for mid-November. Howe...

Hanitsu Shrine
Historical Sites

Hanitsu Shrine

During the early Edo Period, Hoshima Masanobu – an ancestor of feudal lords from the Aizu Clan – was enshrined at Hanitsu Shrine. In autumn, the grounds of the shrine become carpeted in layers of red leaves. Many tourists and photographers come to visit Hanitsu Shrine in Autumn to cap...

Azuma Sports Park
Attractions

Azuma Sports Park

In early November, visiting Autumn Sports Park is like stepping onto a movie set – you’re surrounded by towering, golden Ginkgo trees, lit up with bright, colorful lights. Please come and see this fantastic street.

Shiki no Sato (Village of Four Seasons)
Nature & Scenery

Shiki no Sato (Village of Four Seasons)

Shiki no Sato (Village of Four Seasons) - A place we can meet with many smiles. Shiki no Sato is a lawn-covered agricultural park of about 8ha. In the middle of the park are western-inspired brick buildings which house an industrial crafts gallery. The gallery includes a glass workshop and kok...

Bandai-Azuma Skyline
Nature & Scenery

Bandai-Azuma Skyline

This is a sightseeing toll road that runs from Fukushima City's Takayu Hot Springs to the Tsuchiyu Pass, commanding panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The spectacular views that stretch out at an average altitude of 1,350 meters attract visitors time and time again, and Bandai-A...

Bandai-Azuma Lake Line
Nature & Scenery

Bandai-Azuma Lake Line

Bandai-Azuma Lake Line is a scenic 13.1km road, connecting Inawashiro Town and Kitashiobara Village. Outstanding backdrops of hundreds of lakes, including Lake Akimoto, Lake Onogawa, and Lake Hibara can be seen from along the road. The Nakatsugawa Valley, which lies half-way along the road,...

Nakatsugawa Valley
Nature & Scenery

Nakatsugawa Valley

Nakatsugawa Valley - A memorable view is waiting for you. The valley is famous for its beautiful fall foliage. The Nakatsugawa River is a clear stream flowing down from Bandai Kogen (Bandai Highland) to Lake Akimoto. In autumn, the leaves of the many trees, such as maples, alders, and wild che...

Jododaira
Nature & Scenery

Jododaira

A mountain you can climb with a light hike. Enjoy the different "faces" of each season. When you climb Mt. Issaikyo-zan, and look down from the summit, you can see a cobalt blue pond. The blue is so brilliant and intoxicating that the lake is called "the Eyes of the Witch."...

Oze Hinoemata Onsen
Hot Springs

Oze Hinoemata Onsen

Oze Hinoemata Onsen has hot springs fed to every household, as well as facilities run by the village for day visits. Aruza Oze no Sato, Hiuchi no Yu, Koma no Yu are all names of hot spring establishments in the area. Hinoemata area is also famous for Kabuki, a form of traditional performing ar...

Ayu Suspension Bridge
Nature & Scenery

Ayu Suspension Bridge

The Ayu Suspension Bridge is a long-beloved symbol of Yamatsuri Town, located near the Yamatsuriyama Station. From the bridge you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Kuji River, and the turning of the four seasons in the surrounding mountains, as well as anglers enjoying fishing in the river.

Yukiwari Bridge
Nature & Scenery

Yukiwari Bridge

This arched iron bridge crossing the Abukuma River is famous as a viewing point for the fresh green of early summer and brightly colored autumn leaves. The bridge is 81 meters long, and has a maximum height of 50 meters from the valley bottom, and you can enjoy the refreshing feeling of being tot...

Lake Sohara
Nature & Scenery

Lake Sohara

Lake Sohara is the fourth largest lake, with a diameter of 3.5 km, in the wetlands of the Urabandai highlands. Blessed with bountiful plankton and aquatic plants such as potamogeton distinctus and water shield, many wild birds flock to its waters. Walking the shores of this lake, you can feel as ...

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