Fukushima Prefecture can be divided into three areas: Aizu, Nakadori and Hamadori. The Aizu district (Aizu and Minami Aizu)
is dotted with many historic sightseeing sites including Tsurugajo Castle and Ouchi-juku. There are many historical hot springs and beautiful nature such as Hanamiyama, Fruit Line, and Miharu-takizakura cherry blossoms in Nakadori (Kenpoku, Kenchu, and Kennan) between the Abukuma Highlands and the Ou Mountains. Hamadori (Soso and Iwaki) faces the Pacific Ocean, and visitors can enjoy attractions such as the Soma Nomaoi (traditional horse race) backed by a tradition of over 1000 years and the Spa Resort Hawaiians.
Spring in Fukushima
The late Shotaro Akiyama, one of Japan’s most renowned photographers, introduced the country to Fukushima City’s prized flower spot when he said, “there is a hidden paradise in Fukushima”. The entire site is a village that grows flowering trees and shrubs, and is covered in wintersweet, plum, cherry, flowering peach, weeping forsythia, flowering quince, and other beautiful trees as far as the eye can see.
Summer in Fukushima
One of the hallmark features of the ocean off of Fukushima is that it is the meeting point of the Oyashio and Kuroshio currents, and the local aquarium is designed around this theme. A visit here is an opportunity to think about how the cycles of the sea, mountains, and rivers work, how to protect our environment, how to use nature sustainably, and how the workings of Earth’s diverse creatures are intertwined.
Fall in Fukushima
The Bandai-Azuma Skyline is scenic mountain road that winds through Bandai-Asahi National Park. With a total length of 28.7 kilometers and average elevation of 1,350 meters, its gorgeous scenery has earned it countless repeat visitors and a place among the hundred most remarkable roads in Japan.
Winter in Fukushima
Ouchi-juku Edo-period post town
The post town of Ouchi-juku preserves the look of Japan’s streets during the Edo period. The 500-meter thoroughfare along the Shimotsuke Road linking the cities of Aizuwakamatsu and Nikko-Imaichi is lined with charming thatched-roof noodle shops and guest houses.
Tourist information for each area of Fukushima Prefecture
* Photos and images are for illustrative purposes.