- The third biggest prefecture in Japan situated in the south of the “Tohoku” region in the Northern part of the Japanese main island of Honshu.
- Around 90 minutes from Tokyo by Shinkansen or 3 hours by car.
- A modern prefecture that embraces educational school trips which many students want to experience.
- An expansive area consisting of 3 regions :
- 1.Hama-dori (Coastal area)
- Sea-side area with a warm climate
- 2.Naka-dori (Central area)
- Naka-dori (Central area) Central area with convenient transportation
- 3.Aizu (Western area)
- Traditional customs and culture
- Flower of Fukushima
- Rhododendron Brachycarpum (Nemoto Shakunage)
- Tree of Fukushima
- Zelkova Serrata (Keyaki)
- Bird of Fukushima
- Narcissus Flycatcher (Kibitaki)
- High Temperature
- Low Temperature
- Average Temperature(Tokyo)
- Surrounded by cherry blossoms, Tsuruga castle is the most beautiful in Aizu.
- “Miharu Takizakura” is one of the famous cherry trees in Japan. “Hanamiyama Park” is covered by 60 different kinds of flowers.
- Enjoy the approximately six hundred cherry blossoms in “Baryo Park”, Soma City.
- Enjoy trekking and mountain climbing in Urabandai surrounded by unprecedented scenic landscape.
- Famous for cherries and peaches and is the second largest peach producer in Japan making it popular for fruit picking.
- Enjoy marine sports such as swimming and surfing.
- The “Aizu festival” involves 500 people dressed as Samurai parading through the streets. Aizu is also popular for autumn foliage at Urabandai and Inawashiro Lake.
- Coloured leaves along “Bandai Azuma Skyline”.
“Nihonmatsu-no-Chochin festival” is one of the biggest lantern festivals, as well as “Taimatsu-Akashi”, one of the largest fire festivals in the nation, attracting many visitors from overseas and Japan.
- Enjoy vibrant colours of autumn foliage around the national treasure of “Shiramizu Amidado”
- Rich powdery snow fall and world class ski resorts are popular with skiers and snowboarders.
- Enjoy an open-air bath with snow views dotted across the area .
- Enjoy seasonal fruit sweet strawberries.
- Tsuruga Castle
- Having 600 years of Samurai history high lights the magnificence of Japans castles.
- Walk along 400 year old streets soaking up its cultural heritage.
- Spa Resort Hawaiians
- The hot spring theme park holds the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest open-air bath in the world.
- Well known as the “Kingdom of Fruit”. Enjoy fruit such as cherries, peaches, pears, apples, persimmons and strawberries.
- “Kitakata-Ramen” is an iconic noodle in Japan which sees 120 restaurants competing for the best tasting ramen in Kitakata city.
- Considered as local food in Aizu, is well known as a traditional dish.
- Known as the “Red cow” in Fukushima dialect, the popular lucky charm is cherished for protecting against evil and bringing good luck.
- Designated a traditional folk craft of Japan, it is popular with tourists due to its uniqueness and exquisite craftsmanship.
- Enjoy a tour of sake making and tasting in the “Saka-Gura” , olden time sake storage facility.
- Popular for its magnificent heritage listed national park.
- Bandai-Asahi-National Park
- “Bandai mountain” also known as “treasure mountain” in Aizu.
- 130 hot springs are dotted around the area.
- These baths are not only used for leisure and relaxation, but possess medicinal properties improving overall health and vitality.
Featured Hot Springs
- Iwaki Yumoto Onsen ( Hama-dori )
- Having over 1000 years history is one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan.
- Iizaka Onsen ( Naka-dori )
- Enjoy the famous hot spring visited by Helen Adams Keller.
- Higashiyama Onsen ( Aizu )
- Surrounded by abundant greenery, buildings constructed along the river have an atmosphere which has defied the passage of time.