2017年

「福島の進路」表紙掲載の観光スポット
Fukushima Tourist Information  ~Places to Go in Fukushima~

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

当研究所では福島県内への観光客誘致やインバウンド促進支援の観点から、毎月、機関誌「福島の進路」の表紙に県内の観光スポットや季節ごとの美しい風景を紹介しています。英語でも発信しています。

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.

9月号の表紙
五色沼「魔女の瞳」 【福島市】
五色沼といえば裏磐梯にある毘沙門沼などからなる湖沼群の「五色沼」を思い浮かべる方が多いかも知れません。実は福島市の吾妻連峰にも五色沼があります。磐梯吾妻スカイラインの浄土平から一切経山に向かい、90分ほどで頂上にたどり着くとこの美しいカルデラ湖が見えます。まさに絶景です!その神秘的な美しさから「魔女の瞳」と呼ばれています。山頂にたどり着いた人だけが見ることのできる自然のご褒美です。
【アクセス:東北自動車道福島西ICより浄土平まで車で約60分】

September Edition
Goshikinuma Pond ”Witch’s Eye”, Fukushima City
When you hear “Goshikinuma,” literally a five-colored lake or pond in Japanese, most of you may think of a group of lakes or ponds, including Bishamon Lake, located in Urabandai Marshes in the Aizu Area. In fact, there is also a pond called “Goshikinuma” in the Azuma Mountain Range in Fukushima City. The pond is so beautiful with the mysterious colors of cobalt blue that it is nicknamed “Witch’s Eye.” To have a view of this pond like this picture, you have to climb up to the top of Mt.Issaikyo, 1949m above sea level, from Jododaira Marshes at an elevation of about 1600m situated in the middle of the Bandai-Azuma Skyline highway. With about 90 minutes of mountain climbing, you would be awarded the magnificent scene of this exquisite caldera lake.
【Directions: Approx.60 min by car from Fukushima-Nishi IC, Tohoku Expressway to Jododaira, the Bandai-Azuma Skyline】
Location of the Spots
Number on the Map Month Location
1 January Iwaki City
2 February Shimogo Town
3 March Date City
4 April Shirakawa City
5 May Koriyama City
6 June Aizu-Wakamatsu City
7 July Minami-Soma City
8 August Iwaki City
9 September Fukushima City

 

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8月 | August

8月号の表紙
いわき花火大会 【いわき市】
この時期、夏の風物詩である花火大会が日本各地で開催されます。いわき市小名浜では8月5日に「いわき花火大会」が開催されます。日本伝統の芸術的な打ち上げ花火12,000発が、最新ヒット曲や往年の映画音楽などにシンクロされて次々に打ち上げられます。さえぎるものが何もない小名浜港の夜空の大スクリーンに繰り広げられ、観客を魅了します。当日は、ご当地グルメ「カジキメンチ」を食べながら花火を楽しみましょう!
【アクセス:常磐自動車道いわき湯本ICより車で約20分】

August Edition
Iwaki Fireworks Festival, Iwaki City
Firework displays are one of the popular summer features in Japan and are held everywhere across the country at this time of the year. At Aquamarine Park in Onahama, Iwaki City, “The Iwaki Firework Displays” will be held on Saturday, August 5. As many as 12,000 traditional Japanese fireworks will be launched one after another, being synchronized with latest hit songs as well as old movie hits. People are fascinated by the magnificent night view of the old sky where nothing obstructs this spectacular show. Enjoy the festival and try biting into a minced swordfish cutlet, a popular “Local Gourmet.”
【Directions: Approx.20 min by car from Iwaki-Yumoto IC, Joban Expressway】

7月 | July

7月号の表紙
南相馬市博物館 【南相馬市】
相馬地方では、7月(今年は29日(土)から31日(月))に勇壮な戦国絵巻「相馬野馬追」が繰り広げられます。南相馬市博物館は、相馬野馬追のハイライト「神旗争奪戦」が開催される雲雀ヶ原(ひばりがはら)祭場に隣接しています。神旗争奪戦のジオラマをはじめ、絵画や甲冑武具・祭具などを常設展示しています。本物の野馬追を見逃した方々は、ここに来ればいつでも相馬野馬追に触れることができます。
【アクセス:JR常磐線原ノ町駅より車で約10分】

July Edition
Minami-Soma City Museum, Minami-Soma City
Soma Nomaoi, or the wild horse-chasing festival, is annually held for 3 days in July (from 29th to 31st 2017) in the Soma District, the northern coastal area of Fukushima Prefecture. The festival features a spectacular battle scene from the warring period around 1000 years ago. Minami-Soma City Museum is located next to the venue of Soma Nomaoi “Shinki-Sodatsu-Sen” competition, a highlight of the festival in which horsemen are competing to catch the “goshinki,” the sacred flag dropping down from the sky shot by a firework rocket. The museum permanently displays pictures, armor and festival tools, as well as a diorama of the God Flag Competition. So, this museum is really worth visiting especially for those who have missed the real Soma Nomaoi Festival.【Directions: Approx. 10 min by car from JR Joban Line Haranomachi Station】

6月 | June

6月号の表紙
会津さざえ堂 【会津若松市】
会津さざえ堂は1796年、「白虎隊」で有名な飯盛山に建立された高さ16.5メートルの六角形のお堂です。内部は上りと下りのスロープが別々の二重螺旋(らせん)の特殊構造で、参拝者はすれ違うことなくお参りできます。当時は西国札所の三十三観音像を祭り、ここを参拝することで三十三観音参りができると言われていました。国の重要文化財で、昨年7月にNHK「ブラタモリ」で取り上げられ、人気スポットになっています。
【アクセス:磐越自動車道会津若松ICより車で約15分/ハイカラさん・あかべぇ「飯盛山下」下車徒歩5分】

June Edition
Aizu Sazaedo, Aizu-Wakamatsu City
Aizu Sazaedo is a hexagonal hall with the height of 16.5 meters, which was constructed in 1796, the late Edo Period.? It is located on Mt. Iimori which is famous for Byakkotai, a military unit consisting of only boys in the Aizu Domain during the Boshin War in mid-19th century.? Inside the building, you can find a globally unique structure of a dual spiral slope, where visitors can walk up and down without passing each other on their way, because the? upslope becomes a downslope at the top (,as this picture shows). Once, there used to be statues of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage located along the slope, so visiting Sazaedo was said to mean paying homage to them. Sazaedo is now designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by car from Aizu-Wakamatsu IC, Ban-Etsu? Expressway/ or 5 minutes’ walk from Haikarasan or Akabe “Iimoriyama-shita” bus stop 】

5月 | May

5月号の表紙
安積歴史博物館 【郡山市】
安積歴史博物館は、県立安積高校の敷地内に所在する旧福島県尋常中学校本館の建物を利用した博物館です。未開拓の原野だった当地が安積疎水開通により開拓が進んだ1889年に建築された鹿鳴館風の洋館です。当時の建築技術の粋を集めた歴史的建造物として、1977年に国の重要文化財に指定されました。明治時代の教育関連資料を展示する他、イベントスペースとして活用され、NHKスペシャルドラマなどのロケ舞台にもなりました。
【アクセス:東北新幹線郡山駅よりバスで約15分】

May Edition
Asaka History Museum, Koriyama City
Asaka History Museum is a museum which make use of former Fukushima Prefecture Junior High School, located on the grounds of what is present Asaka High School. It was completed as a western-style building like Rokumei-kan Pavilion in Tokyo, built in 1889. And in 1977, it was designated as a National Important Cultural Property because it was considered a historic architecture of the most sophisticated skills in construction at that time. The building displays the education-related records of the Meiji Period. It is also used as a venue for events, including as a location site for a NHK TV special drama.
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by bus from JR Tohoku Shinkansen Koriyama Station】

4月 | April

4月号の表紙
南湖公園 【白河市】
南湖公園は1801年、白河藩主松平定信が「武士も庶民も共に楽しむ」という理念で造った「日本最古」の公園です。湖畔にはツツジ、カエデなどが植えられ、春には満開の吉野桜とはるかに望む那須連峰の残雪とのコントラストが美しい、白河市民憩いの場です。季節ごとの自然を楽しみながら散策も楽しめます。湖畔の茶屋でおいしい「南湖だんご」を賞味することも忘れずに!
【アクセス:東北自動車道白河ICより車で約15分】

April Edition
Nanko Park, Shirakawa City
Nanko Park is considered to be the oldest Japanese-style park, constructed in 1801 by Sadanobu Matsudaira, a renowned lord of the Shirakawa domain. Nanko means “southern lake” in Japanese. His design was inspired by the idea that beauty should be enjoyed by all regardless of their social rank or status. The park now serves as an oasis for the citizens, where a lot of azaleas and maple trees are planted along the lakeside. In spring the contrast between cherry trees in full bloom and the Nasu mountain range with lingering snow in the far distance is wonderful. You can stroll around the lake, admiring the seasonal natural beauty. Do not forget to have “Nanko Dango,” or sweet dumplings at teahouses located by the lake.
【Directions: Approx. 15 min by car from Shirakawa IC, Tohoku Expressway】

3月 | March

3月号の表紙
チンチン電車1116号 【伊達市保原町】
福島市と旧伊達郡各地を結んでいた路面電車(チンチン電車)が惜しまれつつ全線廃止となったのは、1971年4月のことです。当時の車両のうち、この1116号は旧保原町内で保存されましたが、長い間、風雨にさらされ無残な姿となっていました。東日本大震災発生後、地元の人々が地域を元気づけようと修復プロジェクトが始まり、2015年4月当時の姿を復活させました。今にも動き出しそうなこの雄姿を保原中央交流館の広場で見ることができます。
【アクセス:阿武隈急行大泉駅より徒歩約7分】

March Edition
Streetcar Number 1116, Hobara-machi Date City
Streetcars are called “Chin-chin Densha” in Japanese, meaning tinkling streetcars. When in operation, they connected among Fukushima City and surrounding towns of former Date County. It is regrettable that all these streetcar lines were abolished in April,1971. The Number 1116 train had been preserved in former Hobara Town, however, due to constant wind and rain, the condition of its body became horribly wretched. After the Great Disaster in March,2011, people in Date City began a project to revitalize the streetcar. In April,2015, they finally restored the car as it used to be. You can see this streetcar, which looks as if it were about to start moving, displayed at the square of Hobara Central Community Center in Date City.
【Directions: Approx. 7 min on foot from Oizumi Station, Abukuma Kyuko Line】

2月 | February

2月号の表紙
なかやま雪月花(せつげっか) 【下郷町】
南会津郡下郷町のなかやま花の郷公園では、毎年2月第3土曜日に「なかやま雪月火」が開催されます。雪原に灯る幾千本のロウソクの火と月明かりが幻想的な世界を醸し出します。この祭りは地元の若者たちが地域を元気にしたいと言う思いから始めたもので「日本夜景遺産」に認定され、海外からの訪問客も増えています。今年は2月18日午後4時30分にロウソク点火が始まります。誰でも参加できます。チャッカマンを持って下郷町へ急ぎましょう!
【アクセス:会津鉄道会津下郷駅より車で約15分】

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】

1月 | January

1月号の表紙
波立(はったち)海岸 【いわき市】
正月、いわき市北部にある波立海岸は初日の出を拝む多くの人々でにぎわいます。海岸のシンボルである弁天島に立つ赤い鳥居は、信仰の対象となってきました。この鳥居は、2011年の東日本大震災の巨大津波に耐え抜きましたが、2015年10月の台風により壊れました。2016年6月に地元有志により陸よりに位置を変えて再建されました。直後の台風で再び破損しましたが、すぐに修復されました。幾度もの災害に耐え抜いてきたこの鳥居は、「海の守り神」として、今でも地元の皆さんの心のよりどころとなっています。
【アクセス:常磐自動車道四倉(よつくら)ICより車で約15分】

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】

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