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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..

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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..

Hasegawa Ramen

Hasegawa Ramen

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, f..

Bannai Ramen

Bannai Ramen

Kitakata ramen is a distinct style of ramen—one of the big three alongside Sapporo and Hakata—that originates from Fukushima's Kitakata city in northern Aizu, where there are over 120 ramen shops operating (the highest per-capita rati..

Places to stay

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..

Takayu Onsen

Takayu Onsen

The unmistakable pungent scent of sulfur hangs in the brisk fresh air, and nearby steam rises tantalizingly off a pool of milky azure water framed by trees and rocks and mountain sky. A few wooden huts stand nearby, inviting bathers to strip down and..

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Fukushima's Janohana Garden

Fukushima's Janohana Garden

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..

Winter Magic at Tsuruga-jo Castle

Winter Magic at Tsuruga-jo Castle

Have you ever been to a castle in a Japan?  I have been to a fare share of castles in Japan and Tsuruga-jo Castle in Aizuwakamatsu is one of the greats.  Castles in the winter have a different feel to them than castles in any another seas..

Fukushima City Cat Cafe

Fukushima City Cat Cafe

Just a 5 minute walk from JR Fukushima Station is the Fukushima city branch of Sendai's Neko Café Aikyatto. Opening 7 years ago, the cat café inside MAX Fukushima has been very popular thanks to its cute cats and ideal location. L..

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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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