Aizu-Wakamatsu attractions

Historic Building in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Sazae-dō

Halfway up Iimori-yama, Sazae-dō is a weird and wonderful hidden gem in a Buddhist temple complex. Built in 1796 the 16.5m-high hexagonal wooden structure houses 33 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. …
Historic Building in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Aizu Bukeyashiki

This is a superb reconstruction of the yashiki (villa) of Saigō Tanomo, the Aizu clan’s chief retainer. Wander through the 38 rooms, which include a guest room for the Aizu lord, a tea-ceremony house, quarters for t…
Historic Site in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Iimori-yama

On the eastern edge of Aizu is Iimori-yama, the mountain where the White Tigers (Byakkotai) samurai killed themselves during the Bōshin civil war (1868). You can take an escalator (¥250) or walk to the top to visit …
Castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Tsuruga-jō

The towering 1965 reconstruction of Tsuruga-jō sits in sprawling grounds framed by the original moat and some ruins of the old castle walls. Inside is a museum with historical artefacts from battles and daily life, …
Museum in Aizu-Wakamatsu

White Tigers Memorial Hall

At the foot of Iimori-yama, this museum tells the story of the dramatic suicides of the teenage samurai who died during the Bōshin civil war of 1868, and houses their personal possessions.