FukushimaFukushima has been a place of scenic beauty and history for centuries, but since 2011 the world equates the name with the difficulties at the Fukushima nuclear plant. What visitors to Japan should know is that the contaminated area, deemed unsafe, is less than 10% of this amazing prefecture. There is so much to see in the mountainous interior as well as sightseeing in the coastal areas that are rebuilding and finding their place in the world again. You can enjoy wonderful festivals throughout the year in Fukushima, but one of special note is the Aizuwakamatsu’s Aizu Festival held in late September. The Aizu festival is a celebration of the time of the samurai and includes displays of sword dancing and fighting, and processions of around five hundred people carrying flags and tools representing well known lords of the samurai period.
Places to visit in Fukushima
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Spa Resort Hawaiians
Hawaiians is a hot spring theme park with several water parks and authentic hula dance shows, located in Fukushima Prefecture. The history of the resort was made into a movie called "Hula Girls".
This castle, also known as Aizuwakamatsu Castle, was the domain of the Aizu clan, which fought alongside the powerful Tokugawa family during the Edo period. It was thought to be impregnable and withstood a month-long attack when the Imperial army besieged it d
Abukumado is a 600-m long cave located in Fukushima where the stalactites and stalagmites are brightly illuminated. The opening hours may vary during different seasons.
A small post station during the Edo period, the "half-farm half-guesthouses" now serve as shops and restaurants, where you can eat the famous soba noodles with a green onion instead of chopsticks.
Hoshino Resort Nekoma Ski Area
Owned by luxury hotelier Hoshino Resorts, this ski resort is located in the Urabandai highlands in Fukushima Prefecture. Due to the area's high altitude, the winter season is replete with microfine powder snow. Pistes cater from beginner to advanced skiers; sn
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
This museum, associated with one of Japan's largest sporting retailers, holds one of only three permanent exhibits of Salvador Dali's art worldwide. Presenting Dali's famous paintings, sketches, sculptures and other works, the Morohashi Museum of Modern Art ro
Offering hot-spring baths, a Ganbanyoku stone spa and buffet dinners, Horohoro Sanso provides a free shuttle from JR Sapporo Train Station upon advance request. Rooms are Japanese-style, with futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw
Toyoko Inn Iwaki Ekimae
Featuring chargeable massages, a launderette and rooms with free wired internet, the Toyoko Inn is a 3-minute walk from JR Iwaki Station. It offers free-use lobby computers and a printer.
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Fukushima
Located a 7-minute walk from JR Fukushima Station, Hotel Sunroute Plaza Fukushima offers comfortable accommodation with a bright high-ceiling lobby lounge. A hearty breakfast buffet with a variety of Japanese and Western dishes is
TOYOTA Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute
Boasting hot-spring baths, a French restaurant and nature tours, the Eco-Institute is just a 10-minute drive from Shirakawa-Go traditional village, a UNESCO world heritage site. It offers spacious rooms with high ceilings and fore
Hotel Route-Inn Koriyama
The Hotel Route-Inn Koriyama provides comfortable accommodation with free wired internet and free breakfast. Guests can slowly unwind in the spacious public bath with free toiletries. Massages can be booked in the room.
Sansuiso Tsuchiyu Spa
Boasting various hot spring baths and an indoor pool, Sansuiso Tsuchiyu Spa is traditional Japanese-style accommodation located next to River Ara. Free WiFi access is available at the lobby.
Housed in a century-old traditional Japanese house, Shirakawago Hostel is located in Shirakawa, just a 10-minute walk away from the famous Shirakawago Ogimachi Gassho-Shuraku National Heritage site.
Beach in Fukushima Reopens After 8 Years: This Week in Japan
Fukushima beach reopens after 8 years After the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit north-eastern Japan, Haragamaobama beach in the Fukushima Prefecture has finally reopened to the public. Like Haragamaobama, several other beaches were ravaged by