Fukushima Tourist Information  ~Places to Go in Fukushima~

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.


May Edition
Furoyama Park, Hanawa Town
Hanawa Town lies in the southernmost part of Fukushima Prefecture and has a warm climate, which makes the town a good place to live. At Furoyama Park located on steep slopes just south of the central town, you can see a hill covered with thousands of mountain azaleas in bloom. The azaleas were planted by the members of the town’s Young Men Association in 1912, in order to make the world brighter during the social unrest after the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Around May when the azalea blossoms are in bloom, the hill is colored in vivid red. The people in the town love and cherish this park filled with thoughts of their predecessors. By the way, the year 1912 falls on the first year of Taisho (大正) era. Now, the new era of Reiwa (令和) has just begun. I think it’s good to think about things that happened more than 100 years ago, appreciating the azaleas of Furoyama Park.
【Directions: Approx.10 min on foot from Iwaki-Hanawa Station, Suigun Line】

Location of the Spots
Number on the Map Month Location
1 January Inawashiro Town
2 February Aizu-Wakamatsu City
3 March Iwaki City
4 April Fukushima City
5 May Hanawa Town

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4月 | April

花ももの里 【福島市】

April Edition
Hanamomo-no-Sato, Fukushima City
Iizaka Onsen is the most famous hot spring resort in Fukushima City. Hanamomo-no-Sato, literally peach blossoms’ village, lies northeast of Tateno-yama Park, which is located west of Iizaka Onsen Town. The blossom garden opened in 2007 as the fruit of the labor of both the Iizaka Onsen Tourism Agency and Utsunomiya University, who had worked together on peach blossoms. About 300 peach trees collected from all over the world have been planted on the lot, which now has extended to over 8,000 square meters, or 2 acres. From early April to early May, the trees have red, white and pink blossoms of various kinds. Before the high season of peach blossoms, Fukushima City area is covered with cherry blossoms in full bloom. You can visit many flower-viewing spots such as Hanami-yama during this period. Doing the flowers-viewing, eating local specialty gyoza and taking a bath at the hot springs mean that you are enjoying the spring in Fukushima to the max!
【Directions: Approx.10 min by car from Fukushima Iizaka IC, Tohoku Expressway, or 20 min on foot from Iizaka-Onsen Station 】

3月 | March

宇宙岩 【いわき市】

March Edition
Space Rock,Iwaki City
In the Saiso District, Miwa, Iwaki City there is a mysterious rock called “Space Rock” on Ippon Buna Mountain. It is a kind of secret power spot which is hard to find because there is no signpost along the nearby roads. There sits this huge rock near the top of a slightly elevated pasture, and it seems 10 meters in height and 5 meters in length. If you take a closer look at it, you can see some white lines running on its surface. They are not painted on by someone but are natural, made from materials like quartz. It is said the sun rises along one of these vertical lines of the rock on the Winter Solstice. You can also climb on the top. This space rock, “Ayers Rock in Iwaki,” is really worth seeing!
【Directions: Approx.30 min by car from Iwaki-Miwa IC, Ban-Etsu Expressway】

2月 | February

会津絵ろうそくまつり 【会津若松市】

February Edition
Aizu Painted Candle Festival, Aizu-Wakamatsu City
Painted candles are traditional crafts in Aizu, which are said to have originated in the Muromachi Period, over 500 years ago. Flowers such as chrysanthemums,  peonies, and wisterias are brilliantly painted by hand on every candle. So, the painted candles, known as “Aizu E-rosoku,”are popular for their exquisite beauty. The Aizu Candle Festival began in 2000 to let people know more about the crafts. Painted candles are lit and set in lanterns on the snowy ground. The fantastic illuminations which light the night around in Aizu-Wakamatsu City remind us of the city’s long history. This year marks the memorable 20th year of this event, which will be held on February 8 and 9. More than tens of thousands of candles will be lit during these two days at several places including Tsurugajo Castle Park, Oyakuen Garden, Aizu-Wakamatsu Station, and Higashiyama Onsen. Visit Aizu-Wakamatsu City in the winter!
【Directions:To Tsurugajo Castle Approx.20 min by Town Bus “Haikara-san” from JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station】

1月 | January

白鳥浜:猪苗代湖の白鳥 【猪苗代町】

January Edition
Hakucho-hama:Swans at Lake Inawashiro, Inawashiro Town
From around October to next April, Lake Inawashiro becomes a landing zone for swans, which are often called messengers of winter in Japan. The swans fly to around the Nagahama and Shidahama area, the northern coast of the lake. Most of the swans flying onto the lake are called tundra swans. At their peak, the number of swans amounts to more than 3,000. On a fine day, you can enjoy an exquisite winter view which is seen in collaboration with Lake Inawashiro and Mt.Bandai. There is a popular spot called Hakucho-hama, literally a swan beach, which is the largest landing zone of the lake. Now the area is becoming a crowded spot for taking photos. Near Hakucho-hama, at the mouth of the Nagase River which flows into Lake Inawashiro, you can see a magnificent nature art of ice made by water-spray from waves stuck to tree branches. In Inawashiro, there are wonderful things you should not miss in winter!
【Directions: Approx.10 min by car from Inawashiro Bandai-kogen IC, Ban-Etsu Expressway】

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