Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Introducing the Yanaizu Naked Man Festival On the evening of January 7th every year, crowds of men, dressed only in loincloths, get ready for Yanaizu’s Naked Man festival or Hadaka Mairi (Literally translates as ‘Naked Temple Visit’). They cleanse their bodies, and march through the streets of Yanaizu to Enzoji Temple, almost completely exposed toContinue reading Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

A Hike to the Yellow Lilies of the Oguni Marshlands

Every year in late June, bright yellow Nikko Kisuge Lilies light up Oguni Marshlands. I’ve seen many photos of these beautiful flowers since coming to Fukushima, so I was determined to go and see them for myself. Oguninuma (the name of the marshland area) is in Urabandai area, and is part of the stunning nationalContinue reading A Hike to the Yellow Lilies of the Oguni Marshlands

5 Reasons to Visit Sazae-do

Sazae-do is a very special Buddhist temple. Constructed in 1796 entirely from wood, Sazae-do has a double-helix structure, meaning that those who enter Sazae-do will leave the building without encountering anybody traveling in the opposite direction. The one-way route of Sazae-do was introduced to avoid worshippers being disturbed during prayer. Originally there were 33 Buddhist statues (known asContinue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Sazae-do

2 of Aizu’s Breathtaking Onsen Towns

I recently visited two intriguing onsen towns in Minamiaizu. Yunokami-Onsen It’s not very often that you find a train station as picturesque as Yunokami-Onsen Station, with its thatched roof and traditional architecture, surrounded by distant mountains. I went to visit the area in winter, but here are some photographs of it throughout the year. ThatContinue reading 2 of Aizu’s Breathtaking Onsen Towns