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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.…
Japanese in Aizu-Wakamatsu


The versatile soybean is pounded and skewered to perfection at this former bean-paste mill dating from 1834. The speciality here is dengaku, bamboo skewers of tofu, mochi (pounded rice cake) or vegetables basted in …
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…
Parade in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Aizu Aki Matsuri

This three-day 'Autumn Festival' culminates on 23 September with extravagant processions through the city and an evening lantern parade.
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 Tigers samurai killed themselves during the Bōshin civil war (1868). You can take an escalator (¥250) or walk to the top to visit their graves…
Japanese in Aizu-Wakamatsu


One of the most popular places to try the sublime wappa meshi (steamed fish or vegetables over rice, prepared in a container made from tree bark, which adds a woody fragrance). Takino offers several versions includi…
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 of the teenage samurai who died during the Bōshin civil war of 1868, and houses their personal possessions.
Japanese in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Sakuranabe Tsuruga

Horse meat is a delicacy in Japan (and growing in acceptance elsewhere in the world). Try every part of the animal here, and various other Japanese culinary delights, washed down with wooden cupfuls of sake from an …