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Waraji Festival

Waraji Festival

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..

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Fukushima City

Fukushima City

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..

Dining

Suehiro Sake Brewery

Suehiro Sake Brewery

Aizu is a small city in the hinterland of Fukushima Prefecture. It's mostly known for its prestigious castle and for its samurai tradition that goes back many centuries. Besides these historical attractions this town's sake production is appr..

Fukushima Burger Summit, Koori Town

Fukushima Burger Summit, Koori Town

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..

Japan's Best Sake for 2017

Japan's Best Sake for 2017

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..

Places to stay

Fukushima's Hekizantei Ryokan-Hotel

Fukushima's Hekizantei Ryokan-Hotel

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 ..

Hotel De Premiere on the Ski Slopes

Hotel De Premiere on the Ski Slopes

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..

Higashiyama Hot Spring Town

Higashiyama Hot Spring Town

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..

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A Daytrip in Aizu

A Daytrip in Aizu

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..

A Summer Day in Ouchi-Juku

A Summer Day in Ouchi-Juku

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..

The Samurai Spirit of Fukushima Prefecture

The Samurai Spirit of Fukushima Prefecture

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..

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About fukushima

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionTohoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalFukushima
Population2,029,064
Area13,783.75 sq. km

Though devastated by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, much of Fukushima has been restored to at or near pre-earthquake levels (certain areas in the Hama-dori region remain evacuated). Fukushima has been increasing their efforts to attract tourists again, and rightfully so - the prefecture is abound with intriguing sites.

The Shiramizu Amida-do is the only National Treasure in the prefecture, while Spa Resort Hawaiians remains a popular attraction even for Japanese people.

Two notable mountains are Mt. Bandai and Mt. Iimori, the former a great hiking spot offering spectacular views of Lake Inawashiro, while the latter is known as the tragic site of the suicides and burial of 20 teenage Aizu samurai who had fought in the Boshin War and wrongly assumed that the nearby Tsuruga/Aizu Wakamatsu Castle had been taken.

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