Introducing Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima-ken (福島県), Japan’s third-largest prefecture, serves as the gateway to Tōhoku. Here, the mountains that characterise the north begin to pick up. Come this far and you've left the Tokyo day trippers behind; the wild, varied terrain of the Bandai Plateau attracts hikers and skiers who are keen on deeper exploration. Outside the few cities, the largest of them the capital Fukushima, development is sparse. Fukushima's top cultural attraction is the medieval capital of Aizu-Wakamatsu, a town with a dramatic and disturbing past.