The Tadami Line is an incredibly scenic railway that runs across Aizu.
Connecting the bustling samurai city of Aizu Wakamatsu with the serene, gorgeous countryside of Oku Aizu, this route is definitely one to try out if you want a chance to see rural Japan at its best.
Although I have visited this area of Fukushima Prefecture, I’m actually yet to ride on the Tadami Line! So I’m using this blog post as an opportunity to research about the Tadami Line, and to choose some places to visit during my upcoming trip!
The 2 photos above were taken in Tadami, a rural town deep in the heart of Aizu.
The Tadami Line is great because it provides a way for visitors to see areas of this beautiful prefecture basically undiscovered by tourists. Riding the train is a fun experience in itself, as is the fact you can hop off and on at any stations you’re interested in visiting.
While being a passenger on the train means you’ll be provided with fantastic, panoramic views of the historic towns which lie on the Tadami Line, getting off at Aizu Miyashita Station, and catching the bus to Mishima Town’s observation points means you can see the train in action, passing over the stunning Tadami River Bridge.
No matter what the season, the views along the Tadami Line are absolutely breathtaking.
So far, I have gone to visit the area only in spring and summer time, but this year I definitely want to go there in autumn and winter too.
4 Seasons of the Tadami Line
Top Sightseeing Spots on the Tadami Line
1. Aizu Wakamatsu: Tsuruga-jo Castle
Fukushima’s most well known castle. Destroyed at the climax of the Boshin War, this reconstruction of the castle serves as a reminder to the people of Fukushima of their history, and the code of honour that has been at the heart of Aizu samurai society.
2. Yanaizu: Historic Enzoji Temple
Enzoji is a stunning temple with a legendary history, which has sat majestically on top of a cliff edge for over 1300 years. The temple is where the story of the akabeko – the symbol of Fukushima Prefecture began. A red cow is said to have appeared out of nowhere to assist with the building of the temple when all hope seemed to be lost.
3. Mishima: View Spot
The famous viewpoint of Tadami Bridge that crosses over Tadami River. This viewpoint is accessible from a stairway that begins outside Mishima Juku Roadside Station (道の駅尾瀬街道三島宿).
4. Kaneyama: Natural Sparkling Water Well
One of the only places in Japan where carbonated water occurs naturally. A teapot attached to the top is provided so that visitors can lower it deep into the well, collect water, fill up their own bottles with it or drink it in the cups provided!
5. Tadami: Beautiful Scenery
Oku Aizu is definitely the most rural area I’ve been to in Japan. The sight of farmers going about their daily tasks makes you realise that although we get pretty tied up in our fast-paced lives, there is something really special about being surrounded by nature.
See more here (Change the language to ‘English’ from the pull-down list on the top right)
The first stop on the Tadami Line is Aizu Wakamatsu Station, easily accessible from Tokyo or others areas in Fukushima Prefecture. See here for details about reaching Aizu Wakamatsu.
Due to part of the railway line being damaged by the earthquake of 3.11, part of the Tadami Line route has been replaced by a bus service between Aizu Kawaguchi Station and Tadami Station. But the buses leave from outside their respective stations, and the bus drivers announce their arrival clearly – so you don’t have to worry about getting the wrong bus!
- JR Tadami Line Timetable
- Fukushima Prefecture Tourism Association Website
- English Pamphlet Provided by Oku Aizu
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