History / Culture / Tour Spots in Fukushima Area

  • The Castle Tower of Wakamatsu Castle(Tsurugajo Castle)
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Outemachi 1-1 In Tsurugajo Park
    This is a Japanese castle in Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City. Locally it is called Tsurugajo Castle. The castle was the seat of famous feudal warlords but was damaged in the Boshin Civil War at the end of the Edo period and demolished in 1874. It was rebuilt in 1965, and in 2011 the roof tiles were reverted to the original red resembling the time of the end of Tokugawa Shogunate. It is the only castle in Japan where visitors can see the elegant red tiled keep. In addition, the castle tower also acts as a museum focusing on the Boshin War, exhibiting helmets, weapons, materials, etc. of successive castle owners. Around the castle tower is also a cherry blossom viewing area and many visitors come to visit in the spring.

    The castle grounds are always open, though the main tower is open just during the day. Go in the early morning for private views of the foilage. It was foggy during my visit, creating a magical...

  • Sazaedo
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata Bentenshita 1404
    Sazaedo is a hexagonal, three-storied hall built in 1796. It is located on Mt. Iimori, Aizuwakamatsu City, famous for Byakkotai (a group of young samurai called the white tiger corps). It is also called “Sazae-do” because it resembles the shape of a turban shell. It has a mysterious corridor and when you ascend the unique double spiral stairwell before you know it, you are descending again. Thirty-three Saigoku Kannon Statues are placed on the slope and the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage to 33 Buddhist temples is said to be completed on reaching the top. It was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country in 1996.

    I knew through my research that I wanted to visit this and was impressed that a building like this existed let alone you can go in it and climb to the top (a steep ramp) one ramp up - one ramp down...

  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi Mitsuwa Maeda 81
    A museum dedicated to presenting materials relating to as well as items which belonged to Hideyo Noguchi, a prominent bacteriologist from the Tohoku region. Standing along National Route 49 near Lake Inawashiro, the museum was remodeled and reopened in 2015. Noguchi’s childhood home is preserved inside the museum complex, including the sunken hearth where he was burned when a baby. There’s also a robotic figure of Noguchi in an exhibition space modeled after his research room which greets visitors.

    This museum was interesting to learn about the man who is on the ¥1000 bill. There is his real childhood home and many interesting panals about his life. All this had a lot of English. There was some...

  • Ouchi-juku
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto
    O-uchi-juku was designated an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1981. It was founded around 1640 as the third post station from Aizu Castle town in the 130 kilometer road connecting Aizu Castle and Imaichi, Nikko City in Tochigi Prefecture. The townscape remains as is, taking visitors back in time to the Edo period. There are also night tours available from the end of April to late November.
  • Iwaki Coal & Fossil Museum
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    Fukushima Pref. Iwakishi Joubanyumotomachi Mukaida 3-1
    The Iwaki Coal & Fossil Museum is dedicated to fossils and to the history of the coal-mining industry. There are displays of many precious fossils from all over the world, with the centerpiece being the Futabasaurus suzukii plesiosaur skeleton that was discovered in the Futaba Town of Iwaki City. The coal exhibition area has displays on the history of coal’s use as a fuel, focusing on the coal that used to be mined in the Iwaki region, and on the history of coal-mining. This part of the Museum includes a very authentic reproduction of part of a coal mine, which was used as a filming location for the movie “Hula Girls.”

    Some English explanations exist, so that foreigner can also enjoy. If you are sort of freak on something scientific this is the place you should visit. Scientifically coal and fossil are almost the...

  • Aizu Samurai School Nisshinkan
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Kawahigashimachiminamikouya Takatsukayama 10
    The Nisshikan is a place of learning built in 1803 for the purpose of raising personnel within the Aizu clan. 10-year old children in the Aizu clan would come here to liberal and martial arts, and Byakkotai was also trained here. The original building burned down, but it has been completely recreated in the residential district of Aizu Wakamatsu using the original plans. The archery and martial arts gyms are open and utilized for a variety of purposes, including orientations, training camps, and on-location tv shoots. It offers experiences with zazen (seated meditation), tea ceremony, and archery for the general public.

    Once upon a time there was a Samuray School. Since it was in Aizu, and Aizu samurays got into a conflict with the emperor (or, rather, his representatives) there was a (Bonshin) war. During the war...

  • Byakkotai Museum of History
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata Bentenshita 33
    This is a museum concerning the Aizu Boshin War located at the base of Mt. Iimori, where the Byakkotai (a group of young teenage samurai of the Aizu domain who fought in the Boshin War) spent their final moments. The museum possesses and displays valuable materials connected to the Aizu domain and the Byakkotai. The path from the front of the museum up to the approach for Mt. Iimori is lined with bronze statues of the Byakkotai.

    Pretty good English explanations for historical events most non-Japanese do not know about. Pretty surroundings.

  • Ouchi-Juku Pavilion
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Ouchi Yamamoto 8
    A facility located in the almost exact center of Ouchi-juku a 15 minute drive by car from Yunokami-Onsen Station which contains presents the lifestyle lived in the area during Japan’s era of post station towns. Ouchi-juku’s honjin, or troop headquarters, was one of the strongholds along the Shimotsuke Kaido highway built in the early Edo period, and was used by the lords of Aizu Domain when travelling to and from the capital of Edo. This honjin was remodeled into the Ouchi-Juku Pavilion. The hall provides information on areas as such as the lord’s exclusive entranceway, jodan-no-ma raised floor room, bath, and thatched roof, as well as exhibits presenting the tools and other items people once used here as part of everyday life. In addition, firewood is continually lighting in the building’s traditional sunken hearth year-round as part of measures necessary to keep the thatch roof in good working order.

    Oouchijuku is a lodging village on the former Aizu West Kaidou (main road) that linked Aizu-wakamatsu to the Nikkou Kaidou leading to Edo. Oouchijuku was the third lodging village after leaving...

  • Shingu Kumano-jinja Shrine
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    Fukushima Pref. Kitakatashi Keitokumachishingu Kumano 2258
    A Shinto shrine built in the late Heian period located in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture. The front shrine, known as the Kumano-jinja Nagatoko, is designated a National Important Cultural Property, while the beautiful gingko trees in front of this shrine have been designated Natural Monuments by the city of Kitakata. In fall during the autumn foliage season, the shrine's grounds are covered with golden leaves, attracting large numbers of visitors.

    The history of the shrine can be traced back to the twelfth century when the local feudal lord invited the three sacred shrines of Kumano to this site. Upon approaching the shrine from the main torii...

  • Former Horikiri Residence
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    Fukushima Fukushima-shi Iizakamachi Higashi Takinomachi 16
    "A historical building in Higashitakinomachi, Iizaka-machi, Fukushima City. It's a restoration of the former Horikiri family residence, a village headman who made substantial contributions to the local economy. The grounds include valuable examples of old architecture including the Jukkenkura, a warehouse built in 1775 and the oldest such in the prefecture, as well as a newly constructed building that houses an exhibition room, tourist information, and event space. There's also a foot and hand bath on site and you can enjoy looking over the garden while warming yourself in the free flowing natural hot spring constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style."

    More than just a house, this small property contains several buildings of historical value, flowing hot springs and variety of flowering trees, including a Japanese zelkova which is over 250 years...

  • Isasumi Shrine
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    Fukushima Onuma-gun Aizumisatomachi Miyabayashiko 4377
    This shrine is said to be the origin of the “Aizu” location name. It began when people worshipped Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto at Mt. Mikaguratake. Now it elicits adoration from worshippers inside and outside the prefecture looking for better fortune, longevity, better relationships, and safe commutes. The precincts feature the “Usuzumi Zakura”: a holy tree that is mostly white with some light charcoal color, which gradually turns reddish and releases a unique aroma. The Ayame Festival held in the outer Ayame Garden begins in mid-June and exhibits 100,000 irises, attracting many visitors.

    岩代の国一宮ということで、境内は広いし、鳥居も楼門もかなり立派なのですが、なぜか拝殿だけはコンパクトでちょっと拍子抜けする感じでした。拍子抜けと云えば、拝殿横の御神木である藤も春が異常に早かった気候の影響なのか、樹勢が衰えているのか、花がかなり少なくて残念でした。

  • Enzo-ji Temple
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    Fukushima Pref. Kawanumagunyanaidumachi Yanaidu Jikemachikou 176
    A Buddhist temple located in Yanaizu Town, Kawanuma County, Fukushima Prefecture. A Rinzai sect Myoshin-ji temple, the temple's principal object of worship is a statue of Gautama Buddha. Along with statues in Ibaraki Prefecture and Sendai Prefecture, this is considered one of Japan's Three Akasagarbha Bodhisattvas, and is believed to have been created by the great monk and artist Kobo Daishi. The temple sees large numbers of visitors during the New Year's holidays and also holds the Nanokado Hadaka Mairi, a naked festival to pray for happiness and good health, each year on January 7.

    Getting there We took a long train ride there just to realize it’s under renovation.. hence I am only able to give 3 stars. If you still decide to go, you may take train to Aizu-Yanaizu Station...

  • Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
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    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Moriai Nishiyouzan 1
    The Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art which is only a few steps from the Bijutsukan Toshokan Mae (Museum and Library) Station. It is located at the foot of Mt. Shinobu which is the symbol of Fukushima City, surrounded by rich nature where the chirping of wild birds can be heard, vast grounds of many trees and flowers, wide lawns and a Japanese garden. The museum has a collection of over 3,800 art works, including paintings, woodblock prints, sculpture and handicrafts. A collection of overseas art works of European Impressionists such as Monet and Gauguin and modern American realism paintings are displayed. In addition, there are also many works of art by artists from Fukushima Prefecture such as artist Sekine Tadashi and a print artist, Saito Kiyoshi.

    This museum is not hard to access and find if you take the train from the main station but if you walk it is behind the forest and hard to find. It is a quiet museum with many Rodin sculptures and a...

  • Shirakawa Barrier
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    Fukushima Pref. Shirakawashi Hatajuku Shirakawauchi
    One of Japan's ancient checkpoints located a 30 minute bus ride from JR Shirakawa Station in Shirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture. Considered one of the three major checkpoints of the bygone Mutsu Domain, descriptions of the barrier appear in the poems of Matsuo Basho and many other poets. Shirakawaseki no Mori Park is located nearby as well as facsimiles of ancient facilities that once stood here based on literature and other sources from the time. The barrier has been selected as a National Historic Site and is visited by many tourists.

    I visited this National Historic Site with my wife. The exact location of the gateway to Tohoku area had been lost until it was determined in the Edo era. As such, there is not much to see.

  • Koriyama City Fureai Science Center (Space park)
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    Fukushima Koriyama-shi Ekimae 2-11-1
    A science museum covering floors 20th to 23rd of the high rise Big-I building in Ekimae 2-home, Koriyama City. The museum is made up of multiple areas including the Exhibition Zone where you can learn about space with a variety of hands-on exhibitions including a simulated experience of the moon's gravity. There's also the observation lobby and a Railroad Area with a huge train diorama. On the top floor is a planetarium with a state-of-the-art projector which can display nearly 650,000 stars including the Milky Way. It holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Highest Planetarium (104.25 meters).

    Superb 360 degree view from the top, lots of interesting space exhibits and hands on things to have a go at. The G force sphere is fun so long as you dont have motion sickness! Have a go at what it...

  • Koriyama City Museum of Art
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    Fukushima Pref. Koriyamashi Yasuharamachi Oyaji 130-2
    This art museum is run by Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture. It has four major exhibitions: British art including Turner, modern Japanese art including Ryusei Kishida, works from artists hailing from Koriyama such as Yukimura and wood block printing such as book cover designs and so on. Exhibition contents are changed four times a year so visitors can see different works each season. There is a bronze statue in the garden which visitors can enjoy strolling around.

    I visited when no special exhibits were going, but the building and setting and cafe are worth the visit. Small but interesting permanent collection.

  • Nakano Fudoson
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    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Izakamachinakano Sekizaka 28
    One of Japan’s Three Great Fudosons, Nakano Fudoson is located on the west side of Iizaka Onsen-district. It is a power spot known as the birthplace of “Roku-San Yoke”—a secret method of charm protection. Three Fudo Myo-o “Yakuyoke”, “Ganshu”, and “Mikazuki” are worshipped here, and are said to hear the prayers of one who prays with a clean heart. You can enjoy some herbal tea called “Toki-cha” at the Kamoshika-An, a rest spot. They also offer original souvenirs of Nakano Fudoson and light meals such as dumpling balls with sweet sake.

    Nakanofudosan is a beautiful shrine up in the mountains near Iizaka. In the backdrop, there is an amazing waterfall. A stream runs through the shrine complex, with a path of multiple bridges. There...

  • Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Museum
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    Fukushima Pref. Kitakatashi Teramachi 4761
    Established in 1790, this is an old sake brewery shop. Various sake making tools are displayed in the oldest warehouse, “Edo Warehouse”, built during the Edo period. You can also see in part how sake was made in those days. In the shop on the premises there is a sake tasting corner where you can taste over 10 different kinds of Yauemon rice wine for free. You can enjoy tasting as well as purchasing the sake which has been made from chosen local ingredients for local consumption.

    This is an old brewery established in the late eighteenth century. They have moved their brewery to outside the city center and the old brewery has now become a shop with a museum displaying sake...

  • Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara Kengamine 1093-23
    This art museum is located along National Route 459, at Kengamine Hibara, Kitashiobara Village, Yama County Fukushima Prefecture. Since its opening in 1999, exhibits have centered on the collection of Teizo Morohashi—the founder of Xebio Holdings Company. It is known for housing roughly 330 pieces in its Salvador Dali collection, making it the only museum in Asia that permanently maintains works by Dali.

    紅葉が始まる時期に訪れました。裏磐梯を車で走り、紅葉を眺めながらしばらくすると素敵な建物が見えてきます。 諸橋廷蔵氏の熱い思いで建てられた美術館、その周りは小川もあり、山の景色と建物と池があり、素敵な美術館です。 パリの小さな美術館には行ったことがあり、そこに置いてあったブロンズ像より、大きく立派な像が何体か置いてあり、見ごたえがありました。 絵画は、テトゥンアンの大会戦が観れて、こんな大きなダリ...

  • Tsurugajo Park
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Outemachi 1-1
    Tsurugajo Castle is Japan’s only red roof tiled castle tower. It is a famous “impregnable” castle that endured a fierce battle lasting about a month during the Boshin war. It is a popular and famous cherry blossom viewing place when in the spring, about 1,000 Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom. The exhibition room was completely renewed in 2015.

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