For this itinerary, I would recommend renting a car at Koriyama station, or elsewhere. All of the spots included in the itinerary above are at least a 10-15 minute drive from each other, so renting a car would be the easiest way to make the most of your day out in Koriyama!
1) Miharu Takizakura
Start your day trip with a visit to Miharu’s Takizakura tree. “Takizakura” can be translated as “Waterful Cherry Blossoms”. Over 1000 years old, its trunk’s circumference 11m in width, the Takizakura tree is one of the three biggest cherry trees in Japan, and has been designated a national treasure.
As you can see from the photos above, the view of the tree, and the flowers that surround it, differ from year to year. However, Takizakura is always stunning during its peak season, no matter the year.
2.) Takashiba Deko Yashiki
Takashiba Deko Yashiki is a small village area where four studios that have been making dolls and decorative items for centuries have been carefully preserved. As well as being able to watch how traditional dolls are made, you can try out painting your own dolls.
You can walk around the arts and crafts studios and soak in the atmosphere of traditional Japan, or alternatively inquire about a 2 hour walking tour that is held by members of staff. This has to be booked in advance and is only available in Japanese at this time.
Opening times: 09:00-17:00
20 minutes drive from Takizakura.
3.) Waraku Café
At Waraku Café, you can have a delicious lunch (or early dinner) and get the chance to try on a real kimono! There are literally hundreds of styles to choose from, and one of the members of staff will show you how to where it. Not only can you take away the kimonos for the day, take photos with them in various tourist spots, then return them the next day, but you can do all of this FOR FREE!
25 minute drive from Takashiba Deko Yashiki.
Opening hours: 11:00-18:00
4.) Kaiseizan Park
One of Japan’s first parks in Japan to be opened for public-use. Despite the general photograph posted above, the parks is beautiful and fun to explore by foot, especially in the springtime, when the cherry blossom line the pathways.
13 minute drive from Waraku Café.
5.) Koriyama Station
Train stations in Japan are usually filled with cafes, restaurants and shops, making them great – and convenient – places to buy omiyage (souvenirs) for friends and family. One of Koriyama’s most well-known omiyage is called yubeshi (pictured above). It is a sort of sweet rice cake, filled with red bean paste. It has quite a honey-like taste as well! Why not give them a try, and see what other fun gifts you can find as well?
Finish your day trip here! Perhaps you could stay overnight in Koriyama, or in the nearby Atami Onsen spa town. Or you could hop on the shinkansen and head to Tokyo!
15 minutes from Kaiseizan Park by car.