Fukushima Prefecture 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 Kitakata

Yamatogawa Sake Brewing Museum

Step into the Yamatogawa Sake Brewing Museum to peek inside a kura (mud-walled storehouse) that dates from 1790 and, until 20 years ago, functioned as a sake brewery. Guided tours (in Japanese) depart every 15 minut…
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.
Museum in Kitakata

Kitakata Kura-no-Sato

This collection of 10 kura (mud-walled storehouses) has been arranged as a small local museum, as well as the obligatory gift shop or two.