Named after the traditional 'waraij' straw sandals, Fukushima's annual festival to mark the summer kicks off in early August. While you therefore understandably might see a lot of straw sandals on display, the centrepiece is the 12 m long..
Fukushima, meaning “Happy Island” is a city nestled between mountains in the Abukuma Valley. At 37 degrees latitude North it is just below Athens, Greece. The heavy snowfalls of winter, however, make it seem much further north. In contrast, the summers are often hotter than Tokyo due t..
Since 2014, a brouhaha of burger masters and their foodie fans have gathered in Koori town, Fukushima Prefecture to decide the best burger in East Japan—often by eating as many burgers as humanly possible! It all started as a fun way to help Ea..
Last week the 2017 results of the authoritative “Annual Japan Sake Awards” were announced by the National Research Institute of Brewing. The title of “Best Sake in Japan” is again Fukushima. This marks the 5th consecutive year..
Hasegawa Ramen (はせ川 松山店) up in Fukushima's Kitakata region is one of the more popular ramen shops in the area, serving up local Kitakata style ramen in a variety of bowls. The soup uses a niboshi sardine base as well as pork bones and chicken, fl..
Part of the Itoen Hotels Group, the ryokan-hotel Hekizantei is a wonderful choice for visitors to Dake Onsen in Fukushima Prefecture. The hotel boasts lovely indoor and outdoor hot spring baths containing water that is rather acidic and is touted as ..
Inawashiro area near the center of Fukushima Prefecture is well known for an impressive amount of ski slopes. If you move a bit further off the beaten path, however, you will find the hidden gem of Minowa Snow Resort, perfect for beginners and interm..
If you wander just outside of Aizuwakamatsu City, known for its long samurai history, you will find yourself in the mountains of Higashiyama. This small hot spring town is well known in the area for its gorgeous views throughout the seasons. In sprin..
Miharu Takizakura stands on the slope of a hill. By its sheer height and color, it stands out surrounded by plots of vegetables and wildflowers. It is located in a farming valley about seventy kilometers from the nuclear power plant. Coming to visit ..
Aizu Sazaedo (会津さざえ堂) is a 16.5 meter high, three-storied, hexagonal Buddhist pagoda located in Aizu-wakamatsu. Built in 1796 it is one of the oldest wooden structures of its kind and a designated Important Cultural Property, yet it is perhaps most n..
Motomiya City, in central Fukushima Prefecture, is home to Janohana, a garden park that was originally the estate of a wealthy farmer. From April 1st to November 30th, visitors can enjoy a variety of different flowers in bloom. The best time to visit..