Days needed: 1–3
Approximately 90 minutes from Tokyo to Fukushima on the Tōhoku Shinkansen
Fukushima Prefecture can be divided into three areas: Aizu, Nakadori and Hamadori. The Aizu district (Aizu and Minami Aizu) is dotted with many historic sightseeing sites including Tsurugajo Castle and Ouchi-juku. There are many historical hot springs and beautiful nature such as Hanamiyama, Fruit Line, and Miharu-takizakura cherry blossoms in Nakadori (Kenpoku, Kenchu, and Kennan) between the Abukuma Highlands and the Ou Mountains. Hamadori (Soso and Iwaki) faces the Pacific Ocean, and visitors can enjoy attractions such as the Soma Nomaoi (traditional horse race) backed by a tradition of over 1,000 years and the Spa Resort Hawaiians.
Last Updated: 2021-8-26
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This town bares remnants of the Edo period. The streets lined with soba restaurants and other retro shops make it seem like you've traveled back in time.
One of the three major hot springs in Tohoku. With nine large public baths and three footbaths in the hot spring town, you can relax in a number of hot springs.
Explore the Urabandai Goshikinuma pond, which was awarded a star in the Michelin Green Guide in 2016, and the Abukuma Cave, a natural limestone cave formed over millions of years, and discover the natural beauty of Fukushima. You can also savor hearty food such as Kitakata Ramen and dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
|7:30||Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station to Kōriyama Station. Transfer to the Ban-etsu-West Line to Inawashiro Station.|
|10:30||Take a taxito visit the Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum and enjoy a Kitakata Ramen lunch.|
|12:30||Take a taxiback to Inawashiro Station and ride a local bus to Urabandai.|
|13:00||After arriving at Urabandai,take a walk around the Goshikinuma pond (You can enjoy rowing boats at the emerald green hued Bishamon-numa).|
|17:00||For dinner, enjoy a Japanese and Western course meal made with local ingredients at aresort hotel.|
|10:30||Take the Bandai Toto Bus from Urabandaito Inawashiro Station.|
|11:30||Take the Ban-etsu-West Line from Inawashiro Station to Kōriyama Station.|
|12:00||For lunch , try the new local specialty, Koriyama Green Curry, packed with locally produced ingredients.|
|13:30||Take the Ban-etsu East Line to Kammata Station.|
|14:30||Take a taxi from Kammata Station toAbukuma Cave. Explore the natural beauty of Abukuma's limestone caves.|
|16:30||Take a taxito Kammata Station and head to Kōriyama on the Ban-etsu East Line.|
Travel back in time as you visit Tsurugajo Castle and samurai residences, where you can learn about the history of Aizu and stroll around the old town of Ouchi-juku, which retains the old streets that flourished as a post town in the Edo period. You will also be able to touch upon Aizu's traditional culture by painting your own Akabeko and trying out local culinary delights.
|7:30||Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station to Kōriyama Station. Transfer to the Ban-etsu-West Line and head to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station.|
|11:30||Take the Akabe loop bus and tour around Aizu.(Tsurugajo Castle and Aizu samurai residence) |
For lunch, try Aizu's local specialty, Sauce Katsudon.
You can enjoy painting your own Akabeko at the samurai residence.
|17:00||Head to Higashiyama Onsen. Enjoy Aizu's local dishes for dinner.|
|9:00||Take the Akabe loop bus from Higashiyama Onsen to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station.|
|9:30||Take the Aizu Railway from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station to Yunokami Onsen Station.|
|10:00||Take a taxi from Yunokami Onsen Station to Ouchi-juku. Stroll around the retro streets (Visit the Miharashidai lookout and Machinami Tenjikan Museum).|
Enjoy Ouchi-juku's delicacy Negi Soba noodles for lunch.
|16:00||Take a taxi back from Ouchi-juku toYunokami Onsen Station, and go to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station on the Aizu Railway.|
|17:00||Arrive at Aizu-Wakamatsu Station.|
※JR EAST PASSは、日本在住の外国人の方もご購入いただけます！
Enjoy all Fukushima has to offer on this train, with original sweets from popular local patisseries made with locally grown fruit, and coffee and snacks at the café counter.
Have fun on the train and enjoy the charm of the Ban-etsu-West Line as you travel.