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.

    like many re-built castles, Tsuruga-jo is a historical museum in a town with a rich samurai history. From the lookout at the top of the Castle, there are panoramic views of the city, and on the way...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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.

    What a surprise! We travel for hours away from Tokyo to a more remote region of Japan around the mountain known as Bandai. Here in this location we came across this delightful Museum of modern Art...

  • Shiramizu Amidado Temple
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    Fukushima Pref. Iwakishi Uchigoushiramizumachi Hirohata 219
    Shiramizu Amidado Temple was constructed in 1160, in the latter years of the Heian period, by Princess Tokuhime, the daughter of Fujiwara no Kiyohira. It is the only building in Fukushima Prefecture to have designated as a National Treasure. The way the Temple garden is designed, with ponds on the eastern, western and southern sides, is characteristic of the late Heian period Jodo (Pure Land) style of garden design. To reach the Amidado hall, visitors cross over a red bridge positioned directly in front of the hall. The architectural design of the Shiramizu Amidado Temple is said to have been influenced by temple architecture in Hiraizumi, the region where Princess Tokuhime was born.

    Beautifully landscaped garden and lake/pond accessible without purchasing a ticket. You cant get a good view of the temple without paying, however. The temple itself is beautiful, though that...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Shingu Kumano-jinja Shrine
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    41 Reviews
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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-jinja Shrine
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    41 Reviews
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    Fukushima Pref. Onumagunaidumisatomachi Miyabayashi Kou 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.

    岩代国一宮、陸奥国二宮、会津総鎮守。 紀元前から続くご由緒。 そして会津の人々に技術伝承して豊かな暮らしへ導いた神々が祀られています。 鎮座地 福島県大沼郡会津美里町字宮林甲4377番地 ■御祭神 ・伊佐須美大神(以下、四柱を総称) 伊弉諾尊 伊弉冉尊 大毘古命(おおひこのみこと、大彦命) 第8代孝元天皇の皇子。四道将軍の一人、北陸道を進んだとされています。 建沼河別命(たけぬなかわわ...

  • 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...

  • Ouchi-Juku Pavilion
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    41 Reviews
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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...

  • Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
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    43 Reviews
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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...

  • 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.

  • Rinkaku
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    Fukushima Aizuwakamatsu-shi Otemachi 1-1 Tsurugajo Park
    This teahouse is located within Tsuruga Castle Park, where there is a castle once said to be impregnable. You can enjoy a cup of tea while looking at the garden, which changes in appearance with the different seasons. The teahouse, which was moved and restored to its original location inside Tsuruga Castle in 1990, is the hermitage where Ujisato Gamo, the lord of the Aizu domain, allowed Shoan, adopted son of Sen no Rikyu, to stay in order to promote the tea ceremony. The Soan-style teahouse is unusual in eastern Japan in that its framed motto is dedicated to the founder of the three main schools of the tea ceremony. You can also enjoy powdered green tea and mountain yam buns while remembering Shoan.

    I did not have tea but did tour the grounds which were very nice and not expected to be associated with the castle.

  • 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.
  • Kaiseizan Dai Jingu Shrine
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    Fukushima Pref. Koriyamashi Kaisei 3-1-38
    A Shinto shrine located in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. Because the shrine enshrines a division of the deity of Ise-jingu Shrine, it is nicknamed the Ise-sama of Tohoku. The shrine is surrounded by the lush natural beauty of Kaiseizan Park and during the shrine's cherry blossom festival and on New Year's Day, the shrine is visited by many people. The shrine also provides ceremonial cleansings from evil influences and shichi-go-san (ages seven, five, and three) blessings for children.

    My sister got married to her Japanese fiancé here. Such an amazing experience. It was an honour to take part dressed in kimono and take part in a unique culture. The shrine is just beautiful inside...

  • Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Museum
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    43 Reviews
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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...

  • 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...

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