Fukushima, located in the Tohoku region of Japan, is the third largest prefecture in the nation. It is a relatively unpopulated region, comprised of mountainous areas and national parks divided into three main sections: Aizu, Nakadori (the central area), and Hamadori (the coastal area).
Goshiki-numa is a cluster of 5 small volcanic lakes that emerged after the eruption of Mount Bandai in 1888 and attracts tourists for its incredible beauty nowadays. Goshiki-numa is located In Fukushima prefecture, and it is a very good reason why you should consider visiting this prefecture someday.
During my trip to Fukushima prefecture I had to change my initial plans and ended up visiting Koriyama for a bit less then one day. And you know what? I totally did not regret it, and actually wish I could have stayed there for more days to enjoy the lovely atmosphere of this town.
As the lazy days of summer fade away and energy returns, the autumn brings with it wonderful seasonal festivals all across the beautiful country of Japan. Here is a sampling to wet your appetite and get you excited about this fantastic season!
This event has its roots over a thousand years ago, started as a military exercise by Taira no Kojiro Masakado, founder of the Soma clan. Now, more than 500 mounted horsemen in full traditional samurai armour take part, bringing the Sengoku period to life in the modern day.
What if I told you that you could find a three-day Latin American festival that runs late into the night with all these things in one place, in the middle of the mountains in Fukushima?
It's rare to find historical sites in Japan that haven't been reconstructed several times, much less ones that were built in 1160. Nestled away in a quiet suburban area of Fukushima's Iwaki City is Shiramizu Amida Temple, a simple wooden hall surrounded by carefully designed gardens and ponds. Beautiful in every season, the temple really shines in late autumn.
Fukushima Prefecture is famous for fresh fruits and the history of Aizu,which was one of the strongest governments in Edo period. However, after 2011, the Prefecture became worldwide famous as the area covered by radiation.
Japan loves to put its tourist sights into a top three list. You may have heard about some popular top three lists in Japan before like the “Three Most Beautiful Gardens”, the “Three Most Famous Castles” and the “Three Most Beautiful Views”. Did you know that there is also a list for cherry trees? The list is called the “Sandaizakura” (Three Great Cherry Blossom Trees).