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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.…
Japanese in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Mitsutaya

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.
Historic Site in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Iimori-yama

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…
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, …
Japanese in Aizu-Wakamatsu

Takino

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 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. It's a 15-minute walk north of Kitakata train st…
Ramen in Kitakata

Kōhei

This pure and simple, super-friendly noodle joint has been in the family for decades. Their secret soy-based shikkoku (jet black) ramen, for which they're famed, is rich and soupy. Look for the red awning: it's on a…
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.