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Licca Castle

Licca Castle houses a production studio and museum both dedicated to Licca dolls (Japanese fashion dolls). In this building designed in the image of a European castle, you can find out everything there is to know about the five generations of Licca dolls.

The World Glassware Hall

The World Glassware Hall at the foot of Mt. Bandai, by the side of Lake Inawashiro - a warm and beautiful amusement area in harmony with nature.

About 25,000 handmade glassware items, imported directly from countries all over the world, are exhibited and sold in the museum. The many exhibition create a mystical and beautiful space. A beer house and a sweets shop have been built right on the property. In the beer house, you can enjoy local Inawashiro beer which received the gold prize in an international beer competition. In the sweets shop, you can try a line up of famous local sweets. Enjoy the variety offered by the World Glassware Hall.

Environmental Aquarium Aquamarine Fukushima

Aquamarine Fukushima is an "environmental aquarium" that exhibits aquatic animals kept under environmental conditions close to those of their natural habitats. As well as being an aquarium, it includes educational information about sustainability and is includes a research center.

The main exhibits are two huge water tanks that extend from the second to the fourth floor, reproducing Shiome no Umi, an area of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture where the Kuroshio (Black Current) and the Oyashio (Kurile Current) meet. Visitors can enjoy walking through a transparent tunnel while watching the wealth of marine life found in Shiome no Umi, which includes sardines and bonitos swimming in schools.

Since its establishment, Aquamarine Fukushima has conducted research on an ancient species of fish called coelacanths, and its findings are exhibited in a corner entitled The World of Coelacanths on the first floor, where visitors can view an anatomical specimen of a coelacanth and watch rare footage of living coelacanths.

There are events throughout the year, and many activities for children and families to enjoy together such as a fish maze, art festivals, and fishing within the aquarium for fish that you can have fried for your lunch!

Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art

A museum at the foot of Mt. Shinobu - A lush green symbol of Fukushima.

Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, located at the bottom of Mt. Shinobu on the north side of Fukushima City, houses over 2,000 pieces of art, including paintings, block prints, carvings, craft works, and more. Our specialties are the paintings of Fukushimas own Shoji Sekine, the block prints of Kiyoshi Saito, impressionist art, and 20th century paintings by Americans such as Ben Shahn and Andrew Whyeth.

Yanaizu Municipal Saito Kiyoshi Museum

This museum is dedicated to the works of the world-renowned woodblock print artist Kiyoshi Saito. Housing a collection of 850 of his works, including his well-known series Aizu no Fuyu (Winter in Aizu), the museum also holds four special exhibitions a year with about 90 works exhibited on each occasion.

Mt. Bandai Eruption Memorial Museum

This museum introduces the eruption of Mt. Bandai, and uses large sized models and "body sonic" facilities to give a simulated experience of the eruption in 1888 of Mt. Bandai. The plants and animals that live around Mt. Bandai are introduced using a diorama, and nature observation meetings are held several times a year. This museum has wheelchair access and bathroom facilities.

Aizu Hanko Nisshin-kan

Aizu Hanko Nisshin-kan was the highest level of learning institution of its time. It was established in 1803 by the Aizu Domain for the purpose of fostering Japan's next generation of samurais.

Children of samurai families entered this school at the age of ten and worked on academic studies and physical exercises to instill both physical and mental discipline.

The property, covering about 26,500 square meters in area, used to house such facilities as a martial arts training hall, an astronomical observatory, and Suiren-Suiba Ike, Japan's oldest swimming pool.

During the late Edo Period, the school turned out a great deal of excellent talent, including the legendary group of young warriors, the Byakkotai. The facilities, which were burned down during the Boshin War, have been rebuilt faithful to their original design, and now function as a hands-on museum that features exhibits of the magnificent architecture of Edo Period and dioramas of school life as it used to be.

Visitors can enjoy practicing some of essential disciplines of the samurai,including tea ceremony, Japanese archery, meditation, and horseback riding, as well as experiencing hand painting of an akabeko (red cow), a traditional good-luck charm of Aizu.

Morohashi Museum of Modern Art

This museum opened in June 1999 and is located close to the entrance to Lake Goshikinuma in Urabandai, which is one of the most scenic spots in Fukushima Prefecture. The museum houses a collection of about 350 of the works of Salvador Dali, the master Spanish surrealist artist, including paintings, prints, and sculptures, as well as about 40 works by such impressionist and post-impressionist artists as Cézanne, Renoir, Chagall, Picasso, and van Gogh. About 100 works out of this collection are on permanent exhibition, including 37 works of sculpture by Dali. The scale of this collection is unparalleled in the world and it is really worth seeing.

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