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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

An inspiring comeback story and a haven for marine life

Boasting Japan's richest fishing waters, the coastal towns of Fukushima are also a testament to the fighting spirit of the locals. Catch the famed Hula Girls performing at the Spa Resort Hawaiians and explore the natural wonders of Aquamarine Fukushima and Setogaro Gorge.

Don't Miss

  • Aquamarine Fukushima, The world's largest wading pool
  • The serene beauty of Shiramizu Amidado
  • Kitsch water park fun at the Spa Resort Hawaiians

How to Get There

From Tokyo's Ueno Station, it takes two hours by the Super Hitachi limited express train to Iwaki on the JR Joban line.

Highway buses from Tokyo station take around three hours. If you're booked to stay at the Spa Resort Hawaiians, you can reserve a spot on a free bus from Tokyo station, Shinjuku station, Yokohama station or Saitama Shintoshin station.

It may be more convenient to rent a car to get around, as some of the attractions are scattered around the region. You can find car rental places close to Iwaki and Izumi stations.

Strength of spirit

The citizens of Iwaki are no strangers to hard times, having revived the area after the decline of the local coal industry. Although Iwaki suffered from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the local communities rallied to quickly rebuild their city and welcome refugees seeking new homes.

Bask in the endless summer

For many Japanese, Iwaki's most famous attraction are the Hula Girls, a dance troupe that was created in the 1960s to attract tourists to the area after the downturn of the coal mining industry. Catch them performing Polynesian dances at the Spa Resort Hawaiians theme park. While you're there, dip into the world's largest open-air hot spring.

Yumoto has long been known for its hot springs, and there are many free foot baths installed around the town, including one on the train station platform. One of Japan's oldest hot springs is the Iwaki Yumoto Onsen, still open for business after 1,200 years.

From the mountains to the sea

Iwaki is located close to Japan's rich fishing grounds known as the Shiome-no-Umi. You can get up close to the local sea life at Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium and explore the facility's gigantic wading pool, the largest of its kind in the world.

If you prefer mountains and rivers, then head to the cool, green forests of Natsuigawa valley. The Setogaro Gorge is full of dramatic waterfalls and stone formations, recommended for experienced hikers.

Tradition, history, and renewal

The city's industrial past is commemorated at the Iwaki Coal and Fossil Museum, with life-size dioramas and dinosaur bones. Visit the 12th-century Shiramizu Amidado temple and its beautiful gardens, in all seasons, but especially in fall, when the oldest surviving building in Fukushima is framed by red autumn leaves and illuminated in the evenings. Further south, an even older monument, the 8th century Nakoso Barrier, remains to mark the boundary between early Japanese civilization and the so-called "barbarians" of the north.

Get a glimpse of traditional rural life at the Iwaki City Museum of Folklore and Traditional Housing (Kurashi no Denshogo), with a collection of traditional houses which you can explore. Although exhibits are in Japanese, the buildings and traditional objects speak for themselves. From time to time, traditional folk dances are performed.

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