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 guestroom for the Aizu lord, a tea-ceremony house, quarters for th…
Museum in Aizu-Wakamatsu

White Tigers Memorial Hall

At the foot of Iimori-yama, the White Tigers Memorial Hall tells the story of the dramatic suicides and houses the departed samurai's personal possessions.
Historic Building in Aizu-Wakamatsu


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.…
Castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu


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, …
Historic Site in Aizu-Wakamatsu


On the eastern edge of Aizu is Iimori-yama, the mountain where the White Tiger samurai killed themselves. You can take an escalator (¥250) or walk to the top to visit their graves. There are also some creepy old mon…