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..
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 ..
By Sandra Isaka
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..
By Sarah Chaney
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..
By Sarah Chaney
The train trip to Aizu brings you through the mountains and farmlands that symbolise the landscape of rural Japan. Once you get off at Aizu-Wakamatsu station the feeling is one of a small residential town. Here everything has a slower pace, though on..
Ouchi-juku is not one of the most famous sites in Japan but it is well worth the detour if you are travelling through Tohoku. On your way to this little town you will cut across a typical rural landscape. Rice fields reflect the clouds in the sky wit..
Situated on the northern half of Japan’s largest island, Fukushima Prefecture is Japan’s third largest administrative region. It is renowned for its stunning natural vistas, clear lakes, snowy mountains, sake production, and friendly, wel..
By Ignatius Koh