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Look at pictures on the cover of our monthly “Fukushima-no-Shinro”


Tourist Information: Sightseeing in Fukushima
On the cover of our monthly journal ”Fukushima-no-Shinro,” literally “Fukushima’s Course”, we introduce various sightseeing spots or beautiful landscapes in Fukushima Prefecture every month.

なかやま雪月花(せつげっか) 【下郷町】

February Edition
Nakayama Setsu-Gekka (Snow, Moon and Fire) Festival, Shimogo Town
At Nakayama Hana-no-Sato Park in Shimogo Town, located in the deep Aizu, southwestern area of Fukushima Prefecture, Nakayama Setsu-Gekka (Snow, Moon and Fire) Festival is held on the third Saturday of February. Thousands of candle flames on the snowfield and moonlight create a magical atmosphere. The festival was originated by the local young who were eager to revitalize their hometown, and was designated as a Japan Night View Heritage site, drawing many visitors from abroad as well. This year’s lighting ceremony begins at 16:30 on February 18.  Anyone can join the ceremony.  Let’s rush to Shimogo Town.  Don’t forget to bring a lighter!
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by car from Aizu-Shimogo Station, Aizu Railway Line】

Location of the Spots

Number on the Map Month Location
4 April Fukushima City
5 May Iwaki City
6 June Kaneyama Town
7 July Otama Village
8 August Kitakata City
9 September Soma City
10 October Samegawa Village
11 November Iwaki City
12 December Kitakata City
1 January Iwaki City
2 February Shimogo Town


Back Numbers

2017年1月 | January,2017

波立(はったち)海岸 【いわき市】

January Edition
Hattachi Seashore, Iwaki City
In January, Hattachi Seashore, located in the northern part of Iwaki City, is crowded with many people who pray for the first sunrise of the year. A red torii, or a Shinto gateway, standing on Benten Island, serves as a symbol of the seashore, and has been worshipped among the local people. This torii survived the giant tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. However, it was destroyed in a typhoon in October, 2015. Subsequently, it was reconstructed in June, 2016 by local volunteers, being relocated at a place nearer to the shore than its original location. The tori gate was again damaged in another typhoon, but shortly afterwards, it was restored. Since it has endured several severe disasters, people now find a home in this tori as their guardian god of the sea.
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by car from Yotsukura IC, Joban Expressway】

2016年12月 | December,2016

一ノ戸川橋梁 【喜多方市】


December Edition
Bridge Crossing Over Ichinoto River, Kitakata City
Located between Kitakata and Yamato Station, on the JR Ban-Etsu West Line, in the northern Aizu area, lies a bridge over the Ichinoto River which is a branch of the Aga River. The bridge is one of the largest in scale in Fukushima Prefecture, measuring 445 meters in length and 24 meters in height. At the time of its construction in 1908, it was said to be the largest railroad bridge in the East. For its historical and cultural value, the bridge, including the facilities along the line, was designated as a Civil Engineering Heritage site this September. During some winter evenings, you can see this beautifully illuminated bridge.
【Directions: Approx. 15 min on foot from JR Ban-Etsu West Line Yamato Station】

2016年11月 | November,2016




November Edition
Natsui River Valley, Iwaki City

In Iwaki City around Kawamae-machi and Ogawa-machi, lies Natsuigawa Valley, designated as a Prefectural Natural Park in 1953. The park along the Natsui River is famous for its beautiful leaves. In autumn, the contrast between red maple tree leaves and blue streams of the river is breathtakingly beautiful. Listen carefully and you can only hear the sound of streams and the dry sound of diesel-powered locomotives which run on the Ban-Etsu East Line along the Natsui River.
【Directions:Approx. 15min on foot from Eda Station, JR Ban-Etsu East Line】

2016年10月 | October,2016




October Edition
Kanotsunodaira Tourist Farm, Samegawa Village

The enormously wide prairie farm has various kinds of facilities for outdoor activities, such as camp sites, cottages and cross-country courses. ”The Delicious Foods Festival in Samegawa Highland” is held every October. It is one of the biggest barbecue party events in Fukushima Prefecture, where professional freestyle motocross riders show spectacular demonstration. They jump up into the autumn blue sky, flying like birds!
【Directions: Approx. 30 min by car from Nakoso IC, Joban Expressway, or Approx. 70 min by car from Shirakawa IC, Tohoku Expressway】

2016年9月 | September,2016




September Edition
Buddha Figure Carved on Rock Face, Soma City

This figure is called “Hyaku-shaku Kannon,” meaning Goddess of Mercy with a would-be height of 100 shaku (≒36 meters≒118 feet) high, one of the largest figures in Japan. The carving, having been initiated by a deceased local priest 82 years ago, has been taken over by his ancestors. The figure is still under construction!
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by car from JR Joban Line Soma Station】

2016年8月 | August,2016




August Edition
Sunflower Fields at San-no-Kura Heights, Kitakata City

A magnificent view of sunflowers at San-no-Kura Heights, which is located in the north of Kitakata City, famous for ramen and old-styled warehouses called Kura in Japanese. When August comes, millions of sunflowers are in full bloom on San-no-kura Heights.
【Directions: Approx. 30 min by car from JR Ban-Etsu West Line Kitakata Station】

2016年7月 | July,2016




July Edition
A Crescent-shaped Waterfall, Otama Village

Located in the middle of Fukushima Prefecture, this waterfall is called “Mikazuki-no-Taki,” literally, crescent-shaped waterfall. If you visit here, you can become fully recharged!
【Directions: Approx. 25 min by car from JR Tohoku Line Motomiya Station】

2016年6月 | June,2016




June Edition
Trains Crossing the River in Greenery, Kaneyama Town

You can see trains crossing a bridge over the Tadami River in the deep Aizu, western area of Fukushima Prefecture. June is in high season for greenery. Imagine how exquisitely beautiful it is with colored autumn leaves as well.
【Directions: To go to the crossing bridge, take a JR Tadami Line local train for Aizu-Kawaguchi at Aizu-Wakamatsu. Approx.110 minutes’ ride】

2016年5月 | May,2016




May Edition
Aquamarine Fukushima, Iwaki City

This is an aquarium featuring ocean current rip where the warm current (Kuroshio) and the cold current (Oyashio) converge off Fukushima Prefecture. You can see a display of a real specimen of a coelacanth. You can also enjoy a “backyard tour” where you can learn about the workings of the aquarium equipment.
【Directions: Approx. 20 min by car from Iwaki-Yumoto IC, Joban Expressway】

2016年4月 | April,2016




April Edition
Hanamiyama and Mt.Azuma-Kofuji, Fukushima City

Hanamiyama Hill, literally, a blossom-viewing hill, is famed for its brilliant cherry blossoms, which is often referred to as “Shangri-la.” In April, you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms with the panorama of Mt.Azuma-Kofuji and rabbit-shaped lingering snow pattern.
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by bus from JR Tohoku Shinkansen Fukushuma Station】

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