More than 150 steaming hot springs. Lake Inawashiro-ko and Bandai-kogen – Plateau abound with seasonal tourist attractions.
Fukushima, situated at the south of the Tohoku (northeastern) region, is divided into three areas by three mountainous belts running roughly parallel from south to north. It is blessed with a variety of natural spectacles, such as spaciously undulating mountains, a complicated volcanic topography and different sizes of lakes and ponds.
Hama-dori, located in eastern Fukushima facing the Pacific Ocean, has a mild climate and offers a comfortable place to live, while Naka-dori, situated in the center of Fukushima, is sandwiched by the Abukuma Plateau on the east side and the Ou Mountain Range on the west side and contains Bandai-Asahi National Park and Nikko National Park. The Aizu district in the west is a basin surrounded by mountainous features.
Fukushima has more than 150 hot springs – Iizaka-onsen, Azuma-takayu-onsen and Tsuchiyu-onsen, to name a few. What is more, there are Lake Inawashiro-ko and Bandai-kogen Plateau offering an abundance of seasonal tourist attractions including fresh greenery in spring, wild birds, summer-time camping, water skiing, board sailing, swimming, autumnal tints, skiing, skating and swan watching.
A rice-producing prefecture rich in spring water, Fukushima boasts the thriving sake (rice wine) brewing industry. Apples, peaches and other fruits are harvested all the year round. There you can also enjoy mountain-side products including soba (backwheat) noodle, miso (soy bean paste), shamo (game fowl) and Japanese black beef cattle and marine products landed at the Onahama Fishing Port.
Getting to Fukushima
Fukushima Station is 1 hour 30 minutes from Tokyo Station by the JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line.