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  • Ouchi-juku
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.

    One of the things to do when in the Aizu region of Fukushima is go see the castle. It's possibly the biggest tourist attraction there and it's easy to see why. The thing is big. Not as big as Osaka...

  • Tsurugajo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • The Aizu Bukeyashiki - Samurai Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Higashiyamamachishiyama Innai 1
    An outdoor museum featuring the Edo period Aizu residential complex of Saigo Tanomo, along with the old Nakahata encampment, a tea house, a rice mill, and other buildings of historical interest on the grounds. It is a comprehensive cultural facility built for the purpose of disseminating and transferring the history and culture of Aizu on a site of about 23,100 square meters. There are also shops and restaurants, and it is also possible to purchase special products and dine. You can experience the culture of Aizu by painting Akabeko (red bull dolls) and Okiagari Koboshi (papier-mâché roly-poly dolls of priests). (Reservations required)
  • 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.

    One ramp going up, and one ramp coming down, alternating like a barber's pole. Not too much to see as the forest has reclaimed much of the view. Yeah, OK I guess.

  • Byakkotai Museum of History
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    3.5
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Museum
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    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Ouchi-Juku Pavilion
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum
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    118 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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 is a memorial hall for a very famous and well known Japanese doctor who discovered the pathogen that causes syphilis. The place shows scenes from his life, important events and has a robot...

  • The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Nakamachi 4-18
    This museum-and-café is a memorial for doctor Hideyo Noguchi, located in Nakamachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. This black-walled, western-style warehouse was first built in 1884 and later renovated. The first floor is a café, and the second floor is a historical resources museum. Originally, it was the “Kyu-Kaiyo-in Hospital” where Hideyo underwent an operation for the hand he burned in childhood, and where he spent his adolescence later as a scholar. The museum displays a variety of documents relevant to Hideyo Noguchi.
  • Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
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    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    素敵な絵を鑑賞した後の一服に利用しましたが、 ピスタチオのアイスケーキとロールケーキセットを食べましたがなかなか美味しかったです。

  • Aizu Samurai School Nisshinkan
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kitakata Kura no Sato
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    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Kitakatashi Oshikiri 2-109
    Kitakata Kura no Sato was created to communicate kurazukuri (warehousing) culture to the next generation. On the expansive 4,500 square meter lot, there are the misegura (shop dwellings), misogura (miso storehouse), and kurazashiki (city storehouse) centered around the garden, recreating Japan’s ancient landscape. Kitakata specialties and souvenirs are available for purchase at the “Kyu-kanbokuke Misegura”, formerly a drapery store. Try out a challenging quiz on Kitakata Kura no Sato, and receive a gift to remember your trip.

    This is an open air museum displaying various types of Kura buildings, relocated to this site. There are rice storage vaults, sake brewery, private residence and merchant shop to name a few, all in a...

  • Licca Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Tamuragunonomachi Ononimachi Nakadori 51-3
    This is a theme park based around the popular dress-up doll Licca, built around the idea of an “open factory,” and located about 10 minutes’ drive from Ban-etsu Expressway Ono Interchange. The outside is based on a European castle for exciting fairy tale fun. Inside, there are displays of all the different generations of Licca dolls, which are sure to fascinate fans young and old. There’s also costume rental for dress up play as you walk through the castle and grounds. In the doll classroom, you can coordinate an outfit for Licca any way you want.
  • Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
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    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Isasumi-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    伊佐須美神社に到着です。 ここは、パワースポットになっています。 磐梯山(1819m)と明神ヶ岳(1074m)を祖山とするパワースポットです 磐梯山は気性が激しい山。明神ヶ岳は穏やかな山。伊佐須美神社はこの性格の異なる2つの山の良い面を併せ持つパワースポットです 悪いことから身を守ってくれるそうです。 現実的な願いをひとつ叶えてくれます 「飛竜の藤」という木が強いパワーを放っている。 この地のパワ...

  • Shirakawa Komine Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Shirakawashi Kakunai 1
    Shirakawa Komine Castle is a flatland-style Japanese castle that is just north of Shirakawa Station on the Tohoku Main Line. It is among Japan’s Top 100 Castles and one of Top 3 Tohoku Castles thanks to its stone walls which are rare in the Tohoku region. It was built in the Nanboku-cho period by Yuki Chikatomo on Kominegaoka Hill. In the Edo period it was lived in by Shogunate families such as the Honda and Matsudaira families. The modern three-story keep was reconstructed based on images from the Edo period and was designated as a National Historical Site in 2010.
  • Nakano Fudoson
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    24 Reviews
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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...

  • Koriyama City Museum of Art
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    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Iwaki Coal & Fossil Museum
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    77 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.”

    Nice place to visit quickly, if in the area. Pretty good amount of fossils and sorts and you can get a little glimps into the japanese coal mining.

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