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.

【アクセス:JR会津川口駅より国道400号経由 車で約25分】

October Edition
Kuimaru-sho, Showa Village
Showa Village, located in the western part of Fukushima Prefecture, is known as the home of“Karamushi-ori”which is local woven fabrics. In the center of the village, Kuimaru-sho lies along the Route 400. Kuimaru Elementary School was closed in 1980, and the building was to be destroyed. However, the place became a filming location, which afterwards attracted a lot of movie fans across Japan. They were people who longed for the scenery and landscapes of the Showa Era. Then the village office reversed the former decision and decide to protect the building. They collected money for its renovation. Together with a symbolic huge ginkgo tree, the two-story school building was born again as Kuimaru-sho, a base facility for local people to interact and to accept tourists. As autumn deepens, fallen leaves of the ginkgo tree covers the ground, which resembles a yellow carpet. Why don’t you come to Showa Village and think over the days of the Showa Era?
【Directions:Approx.25 min by car from JR Aizu-Kawaguchi Station, via Route 400】

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
6 June Tamura City
7 July Aizu-Misato Town
8 August Kaneyama Town
9 September Ono Town
10 October Showa Village

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9月 | September


September Edition
Showa Rakan at Mampukuji Temple, Ono Town
Mt.Todo lies in Ono Town which is located in the middle of Fukushima Prefecture. Mampukuji Temple stands on the mountainside of Mt.Todo and is a temple with a long history. The temple was built in 807 by Tokuitsu, a high priest of the Heian Period, and is famous for answering prayers for prosperity and safety of livestock. There are more than 500 rakan statues sitting near Kannon-do of the temple. Rakan, or Arhan means a one who has gained insight into the true nature of existence and has achieved enlightenment. If we carefully look at these rakan in the picture, you’ll find them very unique or rather weird. Some are smiling complacently holding wads of bill notes, and others are drinking sake and singing with mikes in their hands. Actually, these statues were made after 1985, and they have their offerers’ desires and wishes. Why don’t you come and closely take a look at rakan? You might find a rakan statue which looks exactly like you.
【Directions:Approx.15 min by car from Ono IC, Ban-Etsu Expressway】

8月 | August


August Edition
Fairy Museum at Lake Numazawa, Kaneyama Town
Kaneyama Town is located in the most western area of Fukushima Prefecture. In the town, Numazawa Lake lies quietly in the forest. This caldera lake has a legend of a big snake and is known as the home of fairies. At the lakeshore, there is the Fairy Museum, as well as parks and camping sites. The museum, the only fairy-related museum in Japan, exhibits a lot of paintings, picture books and dolls collected throughout the world. The exhibition mainly consists of a variety of art works collected by Ms. Kimie Imura, the director of the museum and a leading authority on fairy study in Japan. The Numazawa Lake Festival is held on the first Saturday and Sunday of August, being 3rd and 4th this year. At night a giant snake appears on the lake surface against the background of summer fireworks, and then “soldiers”including local high school students fight and slay the big snake. Besides, you can enjoy stage shows as well as stalls at the festival.
【Directions:Approx.50 min by car from Aizu-Bange IC, Ban-Etsu Expressway】

7月 | July


July Edition
Rice-Planting Festival at Isasumi Shrine, Aizu-Misato Town
Isasumi Shrine in Aizu-Misato is a shrine with a long history as the chief Shinto shrine of the Aizu District. It is dedicated to the local guardian deity of farming and industrial development. From July 11 to 13 every year, people hold the ”Otaue Matsuri,” which is a rice-planting festival in Japanese, and pray for the harvest of the year. This rice-planting ritual is also called the Day Planting, and is considered as one of the Three Rice Planting Festivals in Japan, along with the Morning Planting at Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture and the Evening Planting at Atsuta Shrine in Aichi prefecture. Being so venerable, Isasumi Shrine’s Otaue Festival was designated as a national important intangible folk cultural property this March. The picture on the cover shows young women, called Saotome, are planting rice seedlings at the Taue ritual. Actually, local junior high school students are dressed in rice planters. Please come and see the festival!
【Directions:Approx.30 min by car from Aizu-Wakamatsu IC, Ban-Etsu Expressway】

6月 | June

【アクセス:田村市都路町古道地区へは磐越自動車道船引三春ICより国道288号・399号経由 車で約45分】

June Edition
Standard Radio Wave Tranmitter in Fukushima, Tamura City
June 10 is the Time Day in Japan. I think it’s good to think about the importance of time! Radio clocks are now widely used in Japan. It is the Standard Radio Wave Transmitter that tells an accurate time to radio clocks. Do you know where radio waves come from? Actually, there are two wave transmission stations in Japan, one of which is located in Fukushima Prefecture. The other is in Saga Prefecture, Kyushu. In Fukushima Prefecture, there lies a wave station around the top of Mt. Otakadoya situated on the border between Miyakoji-machi, Tamura City and Kawauchi Village. The wave covers an area with a radius of 1,000 km, from Hokkaido to a part of Kyushu. The station opened in 1999, and so the 20th anniversary is to be celebrated on June 10 this year.
【Directions: To Furumichi District, Miyakoji-machi, Tamura City, approx.45 min by car from Funehiki Miharu IC, Ban-Etsu Expressway via Route 288 & 399】

5月 | May


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】

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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