Welcome to Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima-ken (福島県), Japan’s third-largest prefecture, runs from the Pacific Ocean in the east through to vast mountainous terrain in the west. In the centre nestles the lush, lake-spotted Bandai Plateau, a haven for hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts. The peaceful medieval capital, Aizu-Wakamatsu, makes an ideal base to explore the many traditional villages hidden along rickety train lines. In winter skiers seek out remote runs, and steaming onsen fill up on weekends.
The Fukushima Dai-ichi Exclusion Zone only applies to a small fraction of the prefecture, and is clearly signposted and safeguarded.