Autumn Drive & Onsen Day-Trip in Southern Fukushima

Fukushima Prefecture has some absolutely beautiful spots for enjoying Japan’s amazing autumn leaves. Although many of these can be accessed by public transport, one of my favourite spots is a little difficult to get to without hiring a car. So, I recommend renting a car and making a day of it in southern Fukushima –Continue reading Autumn Drive & Onsen Day-Trip in Southern Fukushima

Tsurugajo Castle & the Meiji Restoration

Tsurugajo Castle is a popular spot to visit among tourists coming to Fukushima. Whether you’re discovering the samurai history of Aizu Wakamatsu City in the castle museum, relaxing while taking a sip of freshly-prepared matcha at Rinkaku Tea Ceremony Rooms, or snapping some photos from the observatory on the top floor of the castle, TsurugajoContinue reading Tsurugajo Castle & the Meiji Restoration

Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-Fi Heroes

Fukushima Prefecture’s biggest firework festival will be held tomorrow night (August 25) in Sukagawa City. I was impressed went to the Sukagawa City Shakado River Fireworks Display last year. Not only was the 90-minute firework display fantastic, but the atmosphere in the city centre was really fun and exciting. Thinking back to my visit toContinue reading Sukagawa City: Fireworks, Tatami, Fire Festivals & Sci-Fi Heroes

Make Your Own Glass Souvenirs at the World Glassware Hall

After visiting it a few weeks ago, I would say that Inawashiro’s World Glassware Hall (世界のガラス館) is pretty underrated as a spot for tourists to visit. The World Glassware Hall exhibits over 25,000 items of carefully designed and handcrafted glass from all around the world. A majority of the glassware on display is for sale,Continue reading Make Your Own Glass Souvenirs at the World Glassware Hall

Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai

    Last week I visited Tsunoda Lacquer Art Workshop (角田漆芸工房) in Kitashiobara Village, Urabandai Area. There’s a huge variety of lacquerware products on display and for sale at Tsunoda san’s workshop – many of which Tsunoda san painted himself.   The production of Aizu Lacquerware is the beautiful result of the hard work andContinue reading Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai