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Getting there & around

From Tokyo, take the JR Tōhoku shinkansen to Kōriyama (¥7970, 1½ hours), then change to an hourly kaisoku (rapid) train on the JR Banetsu-saisen line for Aizu-Wakamatsu (¥1110, 1¼ hours). There are two daily kaisoku trains between Aizu-Wakamatsu and Niigata (¥2210, 2¾ hours). Express buses to Niigata run four times daily (¥2000, 1¾ hours).

The Aizu Town Bus (single/day pass ¥200/500) does a loop of the sights. Enquire about bike rental (per day ¥1500) at the tourist info desks.