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History, wilderness, and great lakes.

The Aizu region, covering the western part of Fukushima, is old-fashioned Japan at its best. In Aizu, you’ll find perfectly restored settlements from the Edo Era in a forested mountain landscape that still can largely be called truly wild. Make sure to respect the numerous bear warnings when heading up those hiking trails into the deep woods.

At the same time, Aizu is famous for its pristine lakes which are perfect for swimming and scenic boating. Just over two hours away from Tokyo and you are in a completely different world. Here are some of the top attractions.


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5 Famous Foods You'll Find in Fukushima

Extra crispy gyoza, leeks as spoons, and more in Fukushima.



Aizuwakamatsu Fukushima


Samurai history in beautiful surroundings. Don't forget to indulge in some sake on the way.

Goshikinuma (Five Colored Ponds)

A hike dotted with beauty, and one of the most picturesque rowboat trips you'll ever find.

Higashiyama Onsen Fukushima

Higashiyama Onsen

Ancient hot springs and geisha entertainment

Evening scenery of Lake Inawashiro in Fukushima, Japan

Lake Inawashiro

Lakeside breeze and fresh mountain air.


Mount Bandai

Fukushima's Fuji is just as iconic.

Ouchijuku village Fukushima


A village that's worthy of feudal lords and tourists alike.

How To Get There


1-1 Ekimaemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima 965-0041, Japan

By train

Take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo or Ueno Station to Koriyama and transfer to the JR Ban-Etsu West Line to Aizu Wakamatsu. The trip takes a bit more than two hours.

Where To Stay

Aizuwakamatsu Washington Hotel
  • 201 Byakkomachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, 965-0024 Japan
  • ¥7,900 - ¥16,500
  • 4.08/5 (2,433 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Hotel New Palace
  • 2-78 Nakamachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, 965-0878 Japan
  • ¥8,360 - ¥30,800
  • 4.14/5 (2,726 reviews)
  • 1.3 km
Hotel Route-Inn Aizuwakamatsu
  • 1-5 Heiammachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, 965-0026 Japan
  • ¥7,100 - ¥18,240
  • 4.1/5 (979 reviews)
  • 1.3 km
Yukkura Inn
  • 637 Higashiyamamachi Ishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, 965-0813 Japan
  • ¥6,793 - ¥24,035
  • 3.66/5 (635 reviews)
  • 3.8 km
Aizu Higashiyama Onsen On-yado Toho (Orix Hotels)
  • 706 Higashiyamamachi Ishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, 965-0813 Japan
  • ¥24,360 - ¥75,600
  • 4.32/5 (5,034 reviews)
  • 3.8 km

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