Upon visiting Ouchijuku you will be taken back to the Edo Period more than 400 years ago. The main street of Ouchijiku is surrounded by straw-thatched roof houses reminiscent of that time. During the Edo period, these houses functioned as private homes and guest houses. Now, some houses have become local soba noodle restaurants, souvenirs shops, cafes and guest houses. In winter, there is lots of snow in Fukushima therefore the snow creates a great atmosphere for sightseeing while you walk the streets of this ancient town.
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Address: Oji Ouchiji Yamamoto, Shimogo, Minamiaizu District, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes taxi ride from Yunokami-Onsen Station
#2. Goshikinuma Pond
Goshikinuma means “Five-colored ponds” in Japanese. This name comes from the many lakes and marshes that have beautiful water colors such as blue, emerald green and red in the surrounding area. The colors are affected by the water that originates from the Bandai Volcano. There is a walking trail along Goshikinuma to enjoy the best natural landscapes Fukushima has to offer. You can also look for a lucky Koi fish that has a heart-shaped pattern on its body in the biggest pond named the “Bisyamonten Pond”.
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Address: Hibara, Kitashiobara, Yama District, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 22 minutes by car from the Inawashiro Train Station
Website: Goshikinuma Pond (Japanese)
#3. Aizu Buke Yashiki
Aizu Buke Yashiki was a residence for Samurai and their families in the late Edo Period. The Aizu Buke Yashiki was built for the upper-class Samurai making it a large residence. There are many rooms for Samurai and their families. There are also tea ceremony houses, gardens, guest rooms, a Japanese archery court and a rice mill. If you are willing to pay some extra money, you can enjoy Aizu local doll making class or Japanese archery class. This is a great place to learn about real Samurai life and Fukushima local history dating back 150 years.
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Aizu Buke Yashiki
Address: Innai-1 Higashiyama machi Ōaza Ishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 15 minutes by bus from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (April – November)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (December – March)
Fees: 850 yen
Website: Aizu Buke Yashiki (Japanese)
#4. Mount Azuma Kofuji
The name of Mount Azuma Kofuji draws appeal because of its similar but smaller appearance like that of Mt. Fuji. “Kofuji” means a “small Mt.Fuji”. Mount Azuma Kofuji has a big crater on top just like Mt. Fuji and it is also an active volcano. The Bandai Azuma Skyline passes through the crater allowing people to see it while passing by. Visitors can drive or take a sightseeing bus halfway up to the mountain. The Bandai Azuma Skyline brings you within walking distance of the crater. Even if you excise regularly, it will still be difficult to climb up to the summit but it is worth it for the spectacular view.
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Mount Azuma Kofuji
Address: Mount Azuma kofuji, Tsuchiyuonsenmachi, Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 110 minutes by bus from Fukushima Station to Jodo dairachushajomae Station
Website: Mount Azuma Kofuji
#5. Lake Inawashiro
Lake Inawashiro is known as the forth largest lake in Japan and it is famous for it’s clear blue water. Lake Inawashiro is nicknamed “Tenkyoko” meaning “heaven’s mirror lake”. Because of its clearness, blue sky and Mt. Bandai just beside it, Lake Inawashiro reflects on the surface as if it was a mirror. Inawashiro lake itself is beautiful which is enhanced by Fukushima’s beautiful nature. In summer, it is famous for sight seeing boats and canoeing. In winter, look for ice droplets on trees on a windy cold day.
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Address: Lake Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 40 minutes by train from Koriyama to Inawashiro Station
Website: Lake Inawashiro
#6. Abukumado Caves
Abukumado Caves is a limestone cave network that has been forming for over 80 million years. It takes about 40 minutes to walk through Abukumado Caves. The huge cavern has uniquely shaped limestones that are reminiscent of a Christmas Tree, Crystal Curtains and Boxed Works. Some points are lit up by stage lighting so you can enjoy the views. Don’t forget to bring your jacket because inside might be little bit chilly.
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Address: Higashikamayama-1 Takinemachi Sugaya, Tamura City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes by taxi from the Kanamata Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fees: 1,200 yen
Website: Abukumado Caves (Japanese)
#7. Dake Onsen
The mountains of Fukushima is home to many beautiful onsens with long histories. Dake Onsen is located at the foot of Mt.Adatara, Nihonmatsu City. This Onsen was discovered more than 1000 years ago. The acidic hot water of the onsen is especially good for your skin. Aside from the onsen, you might try to hop on a sightseeing gondola toward Mt.Adatara.
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Address: Dakeonsen, Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 25 minutes by bus from the Nihommatsu Station
Website: Dake Onsen (Japanese)
#8. Takayu Onsen
Takayu Onsen is halfway to the top of Mt. Azuma. The Takayu Onsen was founded 400 years ago. If you drive Bandai Azuma Skyline, Takayu Onsen could be a good stop.
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Address: 25 Takayu, Fukushima City, Machiniwasaka, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 40 minutes by bus from the Fukushima Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Website: Takayu Onsen (Japanese)
#9. Iizaka Onsen
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Iizaka Onsen is one of the best hot springs in Tohoku area. It has been said that this onsen has origins that date back 2,000 years! Many Waka (classical Japanese) poets frequented the Iizaka Onsen.
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Address: Yuzawa Iizakamachi, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 25 minutes by train from the Fukushima Station to Iizaka Onsen Station
Website: Iizaka Onsen
#10. World Glass Plaza
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If you are interested in glass products, the World Glass Plaza is a must-see in Inawashiro-machi. There are over 25,000 glass items from Venice, the Czech Republic,and Hungary are showcased and sold here. There is also a glass cutting craftsman from the Czech Republic who produces original glasswares. There is a glass blowing factory where you can try to make your own glassware in the World Glass Plaza.
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World Glass Plaza
Address: 85 Murahigashi, Mitsuwa, Inawashiro-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes by car from the Inawashiro Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: World Glass Plaza
#11. Hanamiyama Park
Hanamiyama Park is known as one of the best sightseeing places to enjoy cherry blossoms in Fukushima! You can also see plums, peach-blossoms and rape flowers. The best season to visit for flower lovers is in April. In other seasons Hanamiyama Park is a very popular hiking destination for many.
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Address: Hanamiyama Park, Hara Watari, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 15 minutes by taxi from the Fukushima Station
#12. Ichiba Shokudo
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Exploring local markets is always fun and great chance to enjoy fresh local food! Ichiba Shokudo is located at Port Onahama market in Iwaki-shi. It’s open for breakfast and lunch. For fresh fish lovers, the “Kaisen-Don” and the “Sashimi Set” are highly recommended. If you like grilled fish, try the “Kinki (Grilled Rockfish) Set”.
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Address: 3-1 Sakaecho Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes by taxi from the Izumi Station
Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Website: Ichiba Shokudo (Japanese)
#13. Spa Resort Hawaiians
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Spa Resort Hawaiians has beautiful hot springs and large indoor pools where you can enjoy the beach atmosphere. There is something for everyone such as water attractions and sliders for kids, and hula dancing shows for families. It is good place to visit especially on the day when whether is not good but you still want to have fun. It is recommended you show up early to check in before it gets crowded.
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Spa Resort Hawaiians
Address: 50 Warabidaira, Hitachiharacho, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: free shuttle from JR Yumoto Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:15 PM
Website: Spa Resort Hawaiians
#14. Tsurugajo Castle
Also known as the Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Tsurugajo Castle is a seven floor castle with a castle keep on top. The castle was reconstructed in 1965. The inside of Tsurugajo Castle has remade into a museum showcasing the castle and local history. The castle is known its unique red-colored roofing tiles that give you the same feel from the Edo Period.
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Address: 1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes by bus from the Nishi-Wakamatsu Station
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Tsurugajo Castle