【 February 10, 2016 】NEW
We will introduce several cherry blossom viewing spots in Fukushima prefecture. Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and is divided into three regions by two mountain ranges. Every year, from early April to mid May, you can enjoy cherry blossoms somewhere in Fukushima prefecture because of different blooming times due to geographical features and climate in each region. In addition to these spots, Fukushima has numerous other cherry blossom viewing spots, so we truly recommend you to visit Fukushima prefecture in the spring!!
This park was opened by a farmer who grows flowers and trees. You can enter it for free. As approximately seventy kinds of flowers such as plum blossoms, Tokaizakura cherry blossoms, rosebud cherry blossoms, Yoshino cherry blossoms, golden bells, Japanese quince blossoms and Hana peach blossoms bloom simultaneously, the scenery is very beautiful. You should not fail to see the contrast of the Azuma mountain range covered with snow and the flowers in the park.
Season: Early-late April usual
Access: 30 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Fukushima-Nishi IC
Get on a bus circulating Watari district at Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen or the JR Tohoku Line. It is a twenty minute walk from the “Hanamiyama koen iriguchi” bus stop.
*There are special bus services at Fukushima Station on the JR Tohoku Line or the JR Tohoku Shinkansen only during the blossoming.
This is a weeping red cherry tree of Edohigan cherry blossoms and is specified as a national monument. It is one of the three most famous cherry blossom trees in Japan, and is estimated to be beyond one thousand years old. The height of the tree is 13.5 meters and the trunk circumference is 11.3 meters. You will be impressed with its huge figure when viewed from up close.
Season: Mid-late April usual
Entrance fee: Adult: ¥300/Free for junior high school students and younger
Access: 20 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Funehiki-Miharu IC
15 min by taxi from JR Banetsu East Line Miharu Station
*There are special bus services at Miharu Station on the JR Banetsu East Line only during the blossoming.
◇Kannonji River Cherry Trees（Inawashiro-town）
At this site there are Yoshino cherry blossoms planted along both sides of Kannonji River. These rows of trees spread a great distance, beginning 100 meters north of Kawageta Station and continuing northward for about one kilometer. Pink from full blooms of cherry blossoms and green of grass around the bank reflect over the river and create some beautiful scenery. You can appreciate Edohigan cherry blossoms, weeping cherry tree, wild cherry blossoms as well as Yoshino cherry blossoms.
Season: Late April usual
Access: 10 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Inawashiro-Bandai-Kogen IC
3 min walk from JR Banetsu West Line Kawageta Station
【 November 30, 2015 】
With more than 130 hot springs, Fukushima ranks fifth in Japan for the number of hot springs in one prefecture. Each hot spring differs in spring quality, efficacy, both the color and smell of the water. We hope everybody will enjoy a snow scene while spending peaceful and relaxing time in an outside bath.
■Takayu Hot Spring Resorts(Fukushima-city)
This famous hot spring is located at an altitude of approximately 750 meters on the slopes of the Azuma mountain range. All resort facilities are neither adding water nor adjusting the temperature in order to maintain the natural allure of the hot spring. This sulfurous spring, with its milky white water and peculiar smell is most efficacious. If you take a bath in this hot spring, your skin will become slippery. Therefore this hot spring is a very popular spot.
Access: 30 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Fukushima-Nishi IC
■Iwaki Yumoto Hot spring Resorts(Iwaki-city)
This well-known hot spring is one of the most ancient springs which include Dogo Onsen in Ehime prefecture and Arima Onsen in Hyogo prefecture. It is said that it was opened approximately one thousand years ago. Water is pumped into the area resorts at a rate of five tons per minute. The springs have various benefits such as making beautiful skin and facilitating high thermal effect.
Access: 10 min drive from Joban Expressway Iwaki Yumoto IC
■Ashinomaki Hot Spring Resorts (Aizuwakamatsu-city)
These hot spring resorts are famous for their beautiful vallies and natural hot springs with abundant hot water. They are located between sightseeing spots such as Ouchi-juku, Tonohetsuri, and Aizuwakamatsu city. After enjoying the attractions of Aizu, you will be able to take a bath in hot spring and take a rest without worrying about the time.
Access: 30 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Aizuwakamatsu IC
【 October 09, 2015 】
■Shingu Kumano Shrine Nagatoko(Kitakata-city)
Nagatoko is “Haiden (hall of worship)”, which was built a thousand years ago. The gingko tree is 800 years old with a trunk 8 meters around. It is worth the visit to see the tree lit up and the grounds turned autumn gold with fallen leaves.
Season: Mid-late Nov (40 min drive from Banetsu Expressway Aizuwakamatsu IC)
■Nanko Park (Shirakawa-city)
Japan’s oldest park constructed in 1801 by Sadanobu Matsudaira, a Roju (senior councilor of the Tokugawa shogunate) who conducted the famous reformation of shogunate administration. The autumn leaves reflecting on the lake is amazing.
Season: Late Oct – mid Nov (15 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Shirakawa IC)
■Gingko Street in Azuma Sports Park (Fukushima-city)
The 520 meters long street lined with 116 gingko trees is a popular spot for autumn color. The street is lit up at night to create a magical atmosphere.
Season: Late Oct – mid Nov (10 min drive from Tohoku Expressway Fukushima-Nishi IC)
【 September 08, 2015 】
In August, high school students from France and Fukushima High School, held a “Radiation Protection Workshop in Fukushima” all over the prefecture.
In Aizuwakamatsu City, they tried Japanese archery at the Nisshin-kan school(Aizu’s hanko) and visited Tsuruga-jo Castle. There, the high school students reported their sightseeing observations after the 3-11 earthquake disaster.
At a town office in Kunimi machi, they first listened to an explanation of food safety in the town and then visited a place where peaches are sorted by quality and finally they went to a peach farmer’s house. They had a good time eating peaches after listening to stories about how to sort, pick and crop peaches at each place.
According to the students, they were afraid that Fukushima prefecture was a dangerous area influenced by a nuclear accident before coming to Fukushima, but they came to understand, through workshops and their visits, that it is a safe place where people can live ordinary lives. The teachers accompanying their students also said, “As Fukushima prefecture is inspecting food carefully, we recognize that Fukushima has already been a safe area.”
【 September 01, 2015 】
A new website called “NIPPON QUEST” has launched. On this site Japanese people who love various regions, and foreigners who love Japan, discover and report on special products from all over Japan.
By providing up to date information and reviews on food, activities and goods in Fukushima prefecture, “NIPPON QUEST” hopes to be the go-to website for all people. Also, “NIPPON QUEST” allows foreigners to announce their favorite local specialties, vote on interesting things and tell their opinions. We would like foreign people to visit “NIPPON QUEST”.