Fostering unique traditions of food and culture, the fertile lands of Fukushima produce some of Japan's best fruit and sake. Nature is abundant here, and southern suburbanites have long been drawn to its famed onsen and pristine wilderness. More recently, winter sports enthusiasts have discovered Fukushima's charms. While the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit the region hard, tourism has bounced right back, thanks to local spirit—as expected from people in the northern heartland of samurai culture.
Fukushima is easily accessible from Tokyo via the JR Tohoku Shinkansen, as well as regular JR trains, highway buses and by car. If you're coming from further south, such as Kyoto, take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo before transferring. Fukushima Airport serves as the regional airport hub.
Fukushima is on the direct JR line from Tokyo, about 1 hour 30 minutes away. For other destinations like Aizuwakamatsu and the Ura-bandai area, including Inawashiro, transfers to local trains or buses at Koriyama usually take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Fukushima Airport has domestic service to Osaka and Sapporo (ANA, JAL, Ibex Air) and one international route to Seoul (Asiana).
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New sake debuts in March. Home to the nation’s most beloved cherry tree, Fukushima offers some of Japan’s best viewing blossom-viewing possibilities.
Summer in Fukushima means festivals, with Soma’s samurai horseback racing event—one of the nation's most unique. Juicy peaches and cherries are sweet news for food lovers, while others come for the hiking, surf and sand.
Fall in Fukushima is a colorful affair, with the Bandai Azuma skyline awash in golds and reds. The festival season continues, while seasonal delicacies such as pears and grapes abound.
The slopes of Mt. Bandai are ready for skiers and snowboarders, and nearby onsen are ideal spots to recover from a day carving through it all. Year-end festivals and illumination brighten the days and nights.