Spots in Aizu / Kitakata / Bandai / Inawashiro Area

  • The Castle Tower of Wakamatsu Castle(Tsurugajo Castle)
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    4.0
    919 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • GRANDECO SNOW RESORT
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    122 Reviews
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara Wild sand lot
    Visitors can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at GRANDECO SNOW RESORT during the season as well as being a place to experience three of the one hundred top mountains in Japan regardless of the season. Enjoy a spectacular view of Urabandai Plateau from the panorama gondola reaching an altitude of approximately 1400 meters. There are guided tours of the DECODAIRA Marshlands which located at 1320 meters above sea level is ideal as a trekking spot. It is approximately 30 minutes by car from Inawashiro-Bandaikogen Interchange on the Ban-etsu Expressway.

    I wrote an extensive review of the ski area under Grandeco ski area. So check that out. It’s only 1 word not 2.

  • Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum
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    4.5
    135 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 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...

  • Roadside Station Inawashiro
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    64 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi Katada Mayokari 1
    A roadside station located in Inawashiro Town, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture. The station has a food court where you can eat soft serve ice cream, ramen, and other light meals, as well as a restaurant serving steaks made with local beef, locally-raised chicken dishes, and soba noodles. The station's shop sells accessories made with Aizu momen Inawashiro-shima striped cotton fabric, a traditional textile from the area. Serving as a disaster relief area for volcanic eruptions and heavy snowfalls, the station is also notable for the heliport on its grounds.

    Very new Michi no Eki. Kids were playing in a fountain area with lots of benches. Very clean restrooms. Free Ice water and Hot Green Tea in Lounge Area. Interesting Finds:Miss Peach peaches (Used...

  • Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
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    4.5
    120 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.

    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...

  • Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai
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    3.5
    72 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukushima Pref. Yamagumbandaimachi Sarashina ShimizuPei 6838 - 68
    This is a ski resort spreading over the foot of Mt. Bandai about 15 minutes by car from Bandai-Kawahigashi Interchange. Access is good and there is a shuttle bus straight to the slopes from Koriyama Station a stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen line. The vast slopes overlooking Mt Bandai and Lake Inawashiro are in the perfect location. There are 29 diverse courses from beginners to advanced skiers where a large number of people can enjoy the whole day. There are also many shops for ski equipment rental or purchase. There are also restaurants and cafés where you can taste the ski resort cuisine as well as a daycare room for children.

    Our first time at this resort. Good lifts although only one covered. very good Gondola. Didnt get to try some runs /lifts due to trail closures and poor snow quality. Heard through contacts that...

  • Oyaku-en (Aizu Matsudaira Clan Garden)
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    87 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Hanaharumachi 8-1
    A Japanese garden located in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. The garden was originally created in the Muromachi period as part of a villa built by Ashina Morihisa. Oyaku-en means medicinal herb garden -the name is derived from the many medicinal plants which are grown in it. Visitors can enjoy the garden's seasonal scenery as well as a cup of medicinal herb tea. The garden was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty as one of the best examples of an Edo period daimyo landscape garden.

    After seeing many famous gardens in Japan I was ytaken back how nice this was. Rain (which it was) or shine great for the photographer especially with the changing of the colors

  • Byakkotai Museum of History
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    3.5
    68 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.

  • Isasumi Shrine
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    3.5
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Aizu Samurai School Nisshinkan
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    4.5
    57 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...

  • Shingu Kumano-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Roadside Station Kita no Sato
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukushima Pref. Kitakatashi Matsuyamamachitorimiyama Three town stroll 5598-1
    This Roadside Station is along National Route 121 in Sanchobu Torimiyama, Matsuyama-cho, Kitakata City. It has a wide range of facilities such as a restaurant serving Kitakata Ramen and original Kitakata Ramen Burger, and shops selling local delicacies, as well as the onsen facility Kura no Yu. There is also Nakayama Forest Park Morikko no Sato with a campground.

    ドライブの途中で立ち寄りました。 地場の生産物を使ったイートインスペースが充実していました。 色々なお店の商品をあれこれ買って好きに食べられるシステムは、食いしん坊&欲張りさんにはとっても魅力的!ハンバーガー一つをとってもこだわりがあり、美味しかったです。コーヒーは普通だったけど(笑)今回はあまり時間がなかったのですが、色々な地場産業による商品が販売されていたので、またゆっくり見に行きたいです。

  • World Glassware Hall Inawashino
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Style / Fashion
    Fukushima Yama-gun Inawashiromachi Mitsuwa Mura Higashi 85
    A glassware showroom along National Route 49 in Murahigashi, Mitsuwa, Inawashiro Town, Yama County. They display and sell nearly 25,000 glass pieces both carefully selected and imported from around the world and original pieces. They also have workshops in producing glass beads, glass etchings, and blown glass. Located next door area the Inawashiro Beer Hall restaurant and the Inawashiro Confectioner which sells local sweets.

    We stayed for a few days at a nice little onsen by Lake Inawashiro and of course we had to stop off here. After all, theres not a lot to see other than nature up in this area of Japan. Ill admit...

  • Urabandai Visitor Center
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara Kengamine 1093-697
    A visitor’s center located near the Urabandai Plateau, the entranceway to the east side of the Goshiki-numa Nature Trail, one of the top hiking courses in Urabandai. The center presents exhibits and videos which help visitors to the area further enjoy the nature and wildlife of Urabandai. Staff also provide personalized mountain climbing and trekking course advice, and many tourists make the center their first stop before heading out. The center rents boots, binoculars, and other equipment, and periodically holds nature watching meetings and other events.

    Beautiful walk to see the colored marshes. Because of volcanic activity, each marsh is a different shade of blue or green. VERY Helpful people in the visitors center who spoke wonderful English. We...

  • Roadside Station Urabandai
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    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara Minamiourensawayama 1157
    A roadside station located in Kitashiobara Village, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture. Located in an area surrounded by vast natural beauty, this station is frequently used by drivers taking a brief break. The station has a farm-fresh shop selling fresh produce straight from local farms, and a restaurant where you can enjoy ramen, soba noodles, and rice bowl dishes.

    パンフレットがたくさんおいてあり、知らない情報がたくさん集まりました。木で作ったお土産などもありましたが、地元の農家さんが作った桃がたくさん出ていました。しかも安い。購入しましたが、とてもフレッシュでみずみずしい味を楽しめました。

  • Hoshino Resorts Nekoma Snow Park & Resort
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    3.0
    17 Reviews
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    Fukushima prefecture Yama-gun, Kitashiobara village Hinohara Komagami mountain 1163
    This is a ski resort famous for its powder snow located about 40 minutes by car from Inawashiro-Bandaikogen Interchange. The ski slope spreading across the northern slope of Mt. Nekomagadake has good quality snow throughout the season and offers 13 courses from beginners to advanced skiers. Visitors can also enjoy the world top level course which professional snowboarders use as a practice area for slopestyle competitions. In the restaurant you can enjoy ski resort food such as ramen noodles and large portions of cutlet and curry.

    A primitive canteen style restaurant, around 6-10 kind of lunch set, mainly rice / ramen, with some fried food and fried chips. Food is hot and of good taste (as most food in Japan), but not much...

  • Roadside Station Oze Kaido Mishima-juku
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    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukushima Pref. Onumagunmishimamachi Kawai Tianyou area 610
    A roadside station standing along National Route 252. Here you can buy fresh, seasonal local produce, paulownia wood items, Oku-Aizu ami-kumi-zaiku woven wicker goods, and other specialty products. You can also eat oyako-don chicken and eggs over rice made with Aizu jidori chicken. Standing at the entranceway to Mishima Town, the station is frequented by many locals as well as tourists looking to take a break while traveling through the area.

    只見線の絶景撮影ポイントである只見川第一橋梁の俯瞰するお立ち台に近い道の駅です。地元特産の桐製品が展示されています。売店にあるまつたけおにぎりがおいしい。

  • Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Museum
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    4.0
    43 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...

  • Roadside Station Bandai
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukushima Pref. Yamagumbandaimachi Bandai Juoudou 38
    A roadside station located in Bandai Town, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture. The station's store area sells local renowned sweets, specialty products, fresh vegetables and fruits, and rice. There's also a light meal area with soft serve ice cream and a restaurant which serves dishes made with select, local ingredients. The station's grounds include a dog park and quick charge station for electric vehicles.

    休憩するのにおすすめ。眺めもいいので、気分転換できます。混み合ってはいますが、お土産や食事が出来る道の駅です。

  • Lake Inawashiro
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    This massive lake at almost the direct center of Fukushima Prefecture is Japan’s fourth largest in area. It boasts a long history, being used for farm irrigation from the Edo period, and it is spoken of in Kobo Daishi’s Legends of Okinajima. Mt. Bandai stretches to the north, and it is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery including Oshika-zakura cherry and Tatsusawa Virgin Forest, Natural Monuments. There are rental bicycles available at Inawashiro Station and Roadside Station Inawashiro, so you can ride through the beauty of Lake Inawashiro through all four seasons.

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