Fukushima 福島

Mountainous view in Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan and is located in the southernmost part of the Tohoku Region. The prefectural capital is Fukushima City with a population of roughly 290,000 people and is the only prefectural capital that is the third-largest city in its prefecture.

In Mars 2011 the Tohoku earthquake and following Tsunami hit Fukushima prefecture. As a result the local nuclear plant, Fukushima Daiichi was heavily damaged. Today there is still a no-entry zone in place around the Nuclear Power Plant, but for most parts the Fukushima area is now considered safe for visitors and locals alike.

Things to see in Fukushima

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Fukushima.

  1. Ouchijuku

    Old thatched roof houses along the main street in Ouchijuku

    Ouchijuku is a former post town located along the old Aizu-Nishi Kaido trade route. During the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) restrictions imposed by the shogunate forced travelers to make all their journeys on foot. As a result post towns developed along the routes to provide lodgings and restaurants for weary travelers.

    By burying all telephone and electricity wires, Ouchijuku has been restored to look as it did in the Edo Period. From the unpaved main street to the traditional thatched roof buildings running alongside it. The Honjin, the inn used by government officials at the time, is also located by the main street and is now functioning as a museum, allowing visitors a chance to see traditional housing interior found during the Edo Period.

    Overview of the main street in Ouchijuku

    How to get there

    From April until November a bus operates directly from the Yunokami Onsen Station on the Aizu Railroad. The ride takes about 20 minutes.

  2. Oze National Park

    Ozegahara Marshland in Oze National park

    Located about 150 kilometers north from Tokyo, Oze is an beautiful mountainous national park and a popular hiking destination with the Ozegahara Marshland and the Ozenuma Pond being its most famous features. The park is especially popular during the blooming of skunk cabbages in late May and early June, and in late July and early August when the marshland turn beautifully yellow and red. During winter the park is covered in deep snow and rarely visited.

    How to get there

    From the Aizu-Tajima Station on the Aizu Railway Line a bus runs via the Miike trailhead to the Numayamatoge trailhead, from where Ozenuma Pond is about a hours walk away. The bus ride takes about 2.5 hours and runs 4 times a day.