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Immense snow-white Buddhist Kannon statue stands tall over Aizu Wakamatsu on the grounds of Aizumura, Fukushima Prefecture.
Aizuwakamatsu City is well-known for its rich samurai heritage. Every year, a 3-day festival takes place around the castle and down the main street in honor of the 3,000 members of the Aizu Clan who perished during the Boshin Civil War. The main event is a parade consisting of nearly 500 participants dressed as samurai and nobles from various samurai clans.
Named after the traditional 'waraij' straw sandals, Fukushima's annual festival to mark the summer kicks off in early August.
Reconstructed 16th century castle with well preserved stone walls and stunning grounds
Through the streets of a village on top of a steep river bank, up 113 steps and meters of snow, naked men run towards the beautiful Enzo-ji Temple and New Year good luck.
While the area of Ouchijuku in Fukushima Prefecture is well-known as a traditional post town from the Edo period and its Negi Soba (Buckwheat noodles eaten with a leek), try a new experience by making your own soba!
Shiramizu Amida-do is a gorgeous temple built in 1160. Surrounded by a lovely pond and garden, it should not be missed on a visit to southern Fukushima Prefecture.
One of the most powerful castles in Japan shows its beauty in winter. Tsuruga-jo Castle in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima prefecture is worth the trip.