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  • The Castle Tower of Wakamatsu Castle(Tsurugajo Castle)
    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.
  • 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.
  • GRANDECO SNOW RESORT
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    4.0
    116 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Slopes were so so but snow was blown out because of strong wind, the surface was ice. I felt it dangerous and couldnt enjoy much. I rented ski set but it was old and were not maintained nicely. I...

  • Hoshino Resorts Nekoma Snow Park & Resort
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    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Bannai Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Kitakatashi Hosoda 7230
    A ramen shop located in Hosoda, Kitakata City. The restaurant’s shina soba with thick crimp noodles in a light pork bone broth and homemade tender, stewed homemade roast pork has been very much enjoyed by patrons of the restaurant for a long time. It is a famous ramen shop considered to be one of the big three local ramen shops in Japan.
  • The Aizu Bukeyashiki - Samurai Residence
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    6 Reviews
    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)

    It’s a replica of original samurai residence. Some displays had English but most were in Japanese. Parking available. Good for a short outing. Prices in pictures.

  • Mt. Iimori
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata
    This is the place where the graves of the 19 Byakkotai samurai who fought for the Aizu domain in the Boshin War committed suicide after seeing Tsuruga-jo Castle on fire from this mountain. Mt. Iimori is a low mountain located about two kilometers from the town of Aizu Wakamatsu, and a slop conveyor (moving walkway) at the bottom of the mountain is also available that makes it easy to reach the top.
  • Sazaedo
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    4.0
    337 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Byakkotai Museum of History
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    3.5
    66 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.

  • Mitsuta-ya
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    4.5
    81 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Omachi 1-1-25
    A local cuisine shop that was established as a miso (bean paste) manufacturing and sales company in 1834. It is famous for Aizu Miso Dengaku which are skewered konjac and sticky rice balls, vegetables etc. flavored with a red miso sauce and grilled on a charcoal fire by a hearth. It has a rustic, relaxing atmosphere and is a popular place for tourists. There is a section in the shop selling Mitsuta-ya products including miso. They have a variety of souvenirs such as hand-pressed sesame oil and Takada Plums, a specialty of Aizu. The nearest station is Nanukamachi Station.

    Most Japanese folks like this type of mochi (rice cake) dishes:mochi cakes on a skewer grilled with several original pastes.

  • Goshikinuma Lakes
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
    The Goshikinuma (five-colors) lake group consists of dozens of large and small lakes, such as the Bishamon-numa, the Akanuma, and the Rurinuma. The water color of each lake varies according to the size of the particles in the water. The emerald green or cobalt blue shining water surface is mysteriously beautiful. It takes an hour and a half to stroll along the walking path.
  • Yamatogawa Sake Brewery Northern Museum
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    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...

  • Bandai-Asahi National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukushima, Yamagata, Niigata
    A vast national park spanning the three prefectures of Fukushima, Yamagata and Niigata boasting the second largest park in land area nationally. The spectacular landscape is woven by many mountains including Mt. Nishi Azuma and Mt. Adatara chosen as one of Japan’s top 100 famous mountains as well as the Dewasanzan, Asahi, Iide, and Azuma Mountain Ranges, renowned as a place of mountain worship and the Asahi and Iide Mountain Ranges steeped in pristine nature. There is also an abundance of unique flora and fauna such as lilies, day lilies, and the Japanese serow, etc. The Gassan Visitor Center in the area provides multilingual brochures.
  • Knot
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Sakaemachi 3-24 Fuji Building 2F
    A warm and inviting music bar on Shinmei-dori Street in Aizuwakamatsu. They host a variety of regular events including live band performances on the weekends. Opening hours change depending on the event so please check before coming.
  • Suzutake Lacquerware Studio
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Mondenmachichinoseki Aizu Lacquer Industrial Park 1943-4
    A one-minute walk from the Aizu Bus Kogyodanchiiriguchi bus stop. This studio is the only one in the country which carries only wooden lacquerware. Aizu lacquerware developed in large part thanks to the Gamo Ujisato, lord of Aizu, supporting it as a local industry in 1590. The Aizu lacquerware industry fell into decline for a time after the Boshin War, but today this lacquerware studio continues to preserve the traditions of the craft while also promoting its evolution in line with the times. As the establishment sells its wares directly, visitors can purchase pieces such as lacquered soup bowls at low prices. The studio also offers a lacquerware repair service. In addition, the studio offers tours which enable participants to watch lacquerware artisans at work up close, and maki-e gold and silver lacquerware painting experiences in which participants can decorate and take home an exquisite piece of maki-e lacquerware the same day.
  • Urabandai Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Kitashiobara Village, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
    "Urabandai Highland is a highland area to the north of Mt. Bandai, located around 25 minutes' drive from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange on the Ban-Etsu Expressway. Viewed from the south, Mt. Bandai has a very neat, mountain-like appearance, but the north side has a rough, irregular shape due to sectoral collapse, hence the name ""Urabandai"" (meaning ""Back of Mt. Bandai""). Urabandai is famous for the Goshikinuma lakes and ponds; there are many lakes and ponds, with water that takes a wide range of different colors, including emerald green and cobalt blue. Urabandai is a great place to visit in spring (for the new greenery) and autumn (for the autumn foliage), but it is also well worth seeing in winter, when visitors can enjoy snowshoe-trekking. Special guided tours, available only in winter, take visitors to see Goshikinuma ponds when they are at their most magical and mysterious."
  • Restaurant Monterey
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara Kengamine 1093
    A restaurant frequented by tourists in Urabandai, a sightseeing area in Kitashiobara Village, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture. The restaurant interior is modern and calm; the terrace seating, offering a sweeping view of the beautiful Urabandai scenery, is particularly recommended on sunny days. One of the restaurant’s most popular menu items is its all-beef handmade hamburg steak. The hearty helping of the restaurant’s thick, homemade demi-glace sauce poured on top is what really pulls the flavor together. Other popular menu items include the Japanese Black beef round curry, and the lingonberry for dessert.

    The best menu of this restaurant is Humberg with black pepper. It is expensive but has enough value. Window side table has beautiful scenery of Mt. Bandais scaras of a volcanic eruption. We should...

  • Urabandai Visitor Center
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    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...

  • Il Regalo
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukushima Prefecture Yama-gun, Kitashiobara Village Back Bandai Gokuuma entrance 1093
    20 minutes by car from the Inawashiro-Bandaikogen Interchange. A hotel and restaurant located at the entranceway to the Goshiki-numa wetland on the Urabandai Highland. The Western-style facility, blending into the surrounding nature, has an European atmosphere, and the hotel’s windows offer a sweeping view of Mt. Bandai and the magnificent natural beauty of the surrounding area. In the Italian restaurant on the first floor, you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine focusing on vegetables grown in the hotel’s own vegetable garden as well as locally grown organic vegetables. The restaurant’s lunch menu focuses on sets featuring pasta and meat main dishes. Dinner is Urabandai Highland-themed Italian cuisine.

    Three of us had a nice dinner, with pasta, beef, and pizza. The food was all fairly delicious, although the portions were pretty small for the price. The pizza was the thinnest Ive had in a long...

  • Ozawa Rosoku-ten
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Shopping
    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Nishisakaemachi 6-27
    A long-standing shop housed in a subdued early Meiji period building located in Nishisakae Town, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture selling traditional Japanese candles and other crafts. The shop has handmade colorful decorated candles since the time of the eighth Tokugawa shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune. The history of Aizu decorated candles is linked to Aizu lacquerware and dates back 500 years. These precious candles are used for marriages and other special events. The shop’s candles decorated with tree peonies, camellias, wisteria, and other flower patterns are popular souvenirs. Visitors are also encouraged to participate in a candle decorating class to create a special memory of their trip.

    This was my first experience. I have never seen Japanese candle. How beautiful and delicate! Did you know the special unit for them? The size of the Japanese candle used the unit for weight of the...

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