Things to do in Fukushima

Find a wealth of things to see and do in Fukushima Prefecture, from beautiful natural environments or cultural and historical discoveries to regional flavors, crafts, and festivals.

Unique in Fukushima

Lake Inawashiro
Nature & Scenery

Lake Inawashiro

Japan's third-largest freshwater lake, Lake Inawashiro is situated in Bandai Asahi National Park. It is also known as the “Heavenly Mirror Lake” and has a surface area of 104 square kilometers! The combination of Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai form one of Aizu's representative...

Tsurugajo Castle
Historical Sites

Tsurugajo Castle

Tsurugajo Castle allows visitors the opportunity to experience history, nature, and tradition with all five senses. Despite being mostly reconstructed, the surrounding park's stone walls remain in their original state. In 2010, for the first time since it was refurbished in 1965, the castl...

Ouchi-juku
Historical Sites

Ouchi-juku

Walk around what feels like a jump to the past in Fukushima Prefecture’s Ouchi-juku. This isolated village boasts thatched-roof houses and natural streets making you feel at one with the people who might have lived here hundreds of years ago. Nestled in the southwestern mountains of Fukushi...

Goshiki-numa Ponds
Nature & Scenery

Goshiki-numa Ponds

The Goshiki-numa ponds of Urabandai are a cluster of five volcanic lakes at the foot of Mt. Bandai. When Mt. Bandai erupted in 1888, the Five Colored Lakes were formed; in actuality there are dozens of lakes, but the Goshiki-numa are the most famous. It was thanks to the eruption that the lakes e...

Nature & Scenery

Kannonji-gawa River Cherry Trees
Nature & Scenery

Kannonji-gawa River Cherry Trees

Only a one-minute walk north of Kawageta Station (JR Ban'etsu West Line) is this beautiful 1 km-path along the banks of the Kannonji-gawa River. In the spring the path transforms into a spectacular tunnel of Yoshino and weeping cherry trees. Kannonji-gawa River is perhaps the most fantastic p...

Mt. Iimoriyama
Nature & Scenery

Mt. Iimoriyama

Located less than 4km from Tsuruga Castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Mt. Iimoriyama has had a difficult and somewhat dark past. But despite it’s history the natural beauty of the place remains untarnished. There are many local food stalls set up near the base of the mountain, so it&rsquo...

Lake Inawashiro
Nature & Scenery

Lake Inawashiro

Japan's third-largest freshwater lake, Lake Inawashiro is situated in Bandai Asahi National Park. It is also known as the “Heavenly Mirror Lake” and has a surface area of 104 square kilometers! The combination of Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai form one of Aizu's representative...

Miharu Takizakura
Nature & Scenery

Miharu Takizakura

Miharu is a small town in central Fukushima. 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 into spectacular displays every spring it is almost as if spring has tripled! But the most famous of the...

Historical Sites

Tsurugajo Castle
Historical Sites

Tsurugajo Castle

Tsurugajo Castle allows visitors the opportunity to experience history, nature, and tradition with all five senses. Despite being mostly reconstructed, the surrounding park's stone walls remain in their original state. In 2010, for the first time since it was refurbished in 1965, the castl...

Ouchi-juku
Historical Sites

Ouchi-juku

Walk around what feels like a jump to the past in Fukushima Prefecture’s Ouchi-juku. This isolated village boasts thatched-roof houses and natural streets making you feel at one with the people who might have lived here hundreds of years ago. Nestled in the southwestern mountains of Fukushi...

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...

Ryusenji Temple
Historical Sites

Ryusenji Temple

Ryusen Temple is the perfect place to refresh the mind and body during your trip to Fukushima Prefecture. Originally built in 1320, the temple underwent many name changes until being called Ryusen. The beautiful main hall has not changed for about 300 years after being reconstructed due to a...

Hot Springs

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 a takayu (hot spring resort at a high elevation). Located on the slopes of the Azuma mountain range, Takayu Onsen area was once known as “Shinobu Takayu” and, together wit...

Higashiyama Onsen
Hot Springs

Higashiyama Onsen

Established over 1,300 years ago, Higashiyama Onsen is a well-known retreat area in Aizu-Wakamatsu City. The recognized historical onsen village is said to have been founded by the Buddhist priest Gyōki. According to legend, he found the area by following a bird with three legs, an auspicious and...

Iizaka Onsen
Hot Springs

Iizaka Onsen

Used as an onsen town for over 1,000 years, and visited by legendary figures in Japanese literature such as Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), the master of haiku poems, is Iizaka Onsen in Fukushima City. Locals in Iizaka Onsen pride themselves on the well-known Japanese phrase “Beppu in the West; I...

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...

Outdoor activities

Strawberry picking
Outdoor activities

Strawberry picking

‘Tis the season to pick strawberries! Choose your own fresh strawberries and have a BBQ with friends at Wada Strawberry Tourism Association in Soma City. (BBQ grill must be booked at least 1 day in advance).  

Fukushima City Fruit picking information
Outdoor activities

Fukushima City Fruit picking information

Fukushima, the hometown of fruit, is rich with many delicious fruits. Come enjoy the sweet and juicy fruits for yourself! Due to the great number fruits cultivated here--from cherries to peaches, grapes, pears, and apples--Fukushima City is known as the "Fruit Kingdom." The area at t...

Smelt fishing
Outdoor activities

Smelt fishing

Come be surrounded by Mother Nature, enjoy fishing, and eat delicious, fresh smelt in Urabandai! During November and December, smelt fishing is done from on board a traditional Japanese houseboat. From January through March, it can be enjoyed atop the ice. The houseboats and the rental houses ...

Experience Canoeing at Lake Hibara
Outdoor activities

Experience Canoeing at Lake Hibara

Experience canoeing at Lake Hibara, one of Urabandai’s largest lakes! Outdoor Sports Club Bacss offers a range of fun tours and activities centred around Lake Hibara that you can join with family and friends, including trekking, canoeing and fishing.  

Museums & Galleries

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 ...

Hideo Noguchi Memorial Museum
Museums & Galleries

Hideo Noguchi Memorial Museum

Most people probably don’t know who Hideo Noguchi is by name but just look at a 1,000-yen note and you’ll know his face. Renowned bacteriologist, Noguchi made great advances in the research of a vaccine to cure yellow fever. He’s also credited with the discovery of the agent whi...

Shoko Kanazawa Art Museum
Museums & Galleries

Shoko Kanazawa Art Museum

This is Museum of Shoko Kanazawa calligraphy in Iwaki City. Powerful calligraphies are displayed in the hall,and this arctecture is incorporated Japanese architectural style. There is also have Japanese tea room where you can take a rest with beautiful Japanese garden viewing. You can enjoy pl...

Fukushima City Minka-en Open-Air Museum
Museums & Galleries

Fukushima City Minka-en Open-Air Museum

Traditional structures from northern Fukushima built between the Mid-Edo to Meiji era (1700 – 1912) – including restaurants, private houses, storehouses, and even a theater – have been relocated to Fukushima City Historical Architecture Park; known locally as ‘Minka-en&rsq...

Arts & Crafts

Shirakawa Daruma
Arts & Crafts

Shirakawa Daruma

There are records of Shirakawa Daruma (Japanese traditional dolls) being sold as far back as the feudal reign of the Niwa clan in 1627. Current Shirakawa Daruma are known as “Shirakawa Tsurugame Shochikubai Daruma.” The faces of these dolls are painted to incorporate various animals a...

Akabeko Red Cows
Arts & Crafts

Akabeko Red Cows

These are a traditional toy from the Aizu region, and are made from papier-mache on a bamboo or wooden frame. Their free-swinging heads bob up and down with any movement, make people smile. The origins of Aka-beko come from a large red cow that carried lumber all through the building of a large t...

Aizu Wakamatsu: Try Out a Relaxing Tea Ceremony Experience
Arts & Crafts

Aizu Wakamatsu: Try Out a Relaxing Tea Ceremony Experience

There are many beautiful Japanese gardens in Fukushima where you can view the autumn leaves. If you’re staying in Aizu Wakamatsu, ‘Rinkaku Tea Room’, situated in the park around Tsuruga-jo Castle, is a must-visit. If staying in Shirakawa, how about checking out the Japanese gard...

Shirakawa : Try Out a Relaxing Tea Ceremony Experience
Arts & Crafts

Shirakawa : Try Out a Relaxing Tea Ceremony Experience

There are many beautiful Japanese gardens in Fukushima where you can view the autumn leaves. If you’re staying in Aizu Wakamatsu, ‘Rinkaku Tea Room’, situated in the park around Tsuruga-jo Castle, is a must-visit. If staying in Shirakawa, how about checking out the Japanese gard...