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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

FUKUSHIMA Fukushima City

A bustling city on the river, famed for its spectacular seasonal flowers

The capital of Fukushima Prefecture is a compact city center surrounded by lush mountains, fruit orchards and healing hot springs. The city, with its traditional festivals, horse races, and flower parks draw visitors from around the Tohoku region.

Don't Miss

  • Fukushima Museum of Art and its excellent, collection from local artists to Gaugin and Monet
  • The Iwaya Kannon carvings on Mt. Shinobu which contain around 60 Buddhist figures
  • Tsuchiyu, the artisan neighborhood with studios selling the famous kokeshi dolls

How to Get There

From Tokyo, take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line to Fukushima Station (90 minutes).

There are highway buses to Fukushima from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal. The trip takes a little over six hours, including rest stops.

Explore the city by bike

Get your bearings and finalize your plans with a quick stop to the Fukushima City Tourist Information Center, at the west exit of Fukushima Station. The English-speaking staff can tell you how to use the Momorin Cycle, convenient and free rental bikes to get around town.

Ancient carvings and modern art

One of the key areas of the city is Mt. Shinobu. The Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art is at the foot of the mountain with a 3,800-piece collection ranging from 20th century American Realism and modern Japanese works. There's also a small but well-curated selection of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist works by Monet, Gauguin, and Pissarro.

Mid-way up the mountain, you will find the Iwaya Kannon carvings. There are over 60 Buddhist figures that were carved into the stone cliffs 300 years ago. Climb up to Haguro Shrine on the mountain summit, where a 12-meter-tall waraji straw sandal greets you. It's the largest straw sandal in Japan, weighing around two tonnes. You can also see it paraded around by strong locals in February's Mt. Shinobu Dawn Procession and the Waraji Festival in August.

Local specialties and souvenirs

The Fukushima Station area is convenient for shopping, with several department stores and a shopping mall.

The Corasse mall sells crafts and produce from all over the prefecture including locally made wooden kokeshi dolls, Kinsuisho sake and Fukushima craft beer made with local apples and peaches.

Soak in the local hospitality

Relax at one of Fukushima city's three hot spring areas in the surrounding mountains.

On the mountain plateau, Takayu has 14 traditional ryokans with hot springs. The nearby Jododaira and Mt. Azuma-Kofuji come alive in crimson reds and golden yellows each fall.

Just 40 minutes by bus from Fukushima Station, Tsuchiyu is a charming hot spring town with cafes, craft studios selling handpainted kokeshi dolls, and four hot foot baths. The charm of the mismatched buildings, surrounding greenery of the mountains, and the clear river rushing through the middle town create a scene resembling an artist's palette.

You can reach Iizaka hot spring by local train from the city in just over 20 minutes. View the oldest steel-arch bridge in Japan and take a dip in the historic Sabakoyu, a hot spring visited by haiku poet Matsuo Basho. The locals like their baths super hot, but feel free to add cold water to reach an ideal temperature.

In early October, you can witness the evening mayhem of the Fighting Festival. This rowdy festival features huge portable shrines slamming into each other. Stand back and enjoy the show.

Seasonal wonders

Plan a trip during spring to see the slopes of Hanamiyama park blanketed in pink plum and cherry blossoms. As you wander the easy mountain paths, you can see the snow-covered mountains in the distance. In season, shuttle buses run from Fukushima Station every 15 to 30 minutes.

Discover why Fukushima prefecture is called the “Kingdom of Fruits.” You can pick strawberries in winter, cherries, and peaches in summer, or apples in late autumn. Enquire at the station tourism center for fruit schedules and locations to enjoy a fruit-picking experience.

For a faster pace, feel the rush and excitement at Tohoku's only horse racing track. The Fukushima Racecourse has a century of history. Cheer on your favorite horse and jockey during major races held every season, except winter.

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