Hanami & Hope in Tomioka

The Sakura Tunnel, made up of 400 cherry blossom trees that line Tomioka’s Yo no Mori district, made the area a well-known hanami (flower-viewing) spot. However, following 3.11, the fantastic cherry trees could no longer be enjoyed in the springtime. That all changed this April. This April, for the first time in 7 years, visitors haveContinue reading Hanami & Hope in Tomioka

Onsen for Horses

Tucked away in the mountains, by the coast, or overlooking stunning lakes, there are over 130 hot spring establishments in Fukushima Prefecture for onsen lovers to choose from. Regardless of whether you want to visit a hot spring for its health benefits, or just to relax, and whether you want to chat with the locals,Continue reading Onsen for Horses

Fruit Picking at Anzai Orchard

Three of the most well-known things about Fukushima Prefecture are its samurai history, its onsen and its fruit. In particular, its peaches are extremely famous. Fukushima Prefecture is the second biggest producer of peaches in the whole of Japan. In 2015, 21.8% of Japan’s peaches were grown in Fukushima! In Fukushima City, there is aContinue reading Fruit Picking at Anzai Orchard

Komine-jo & Japan’s Oldest Park

As well as the wide-eyed, adorable-yet-slightly-unnerving Shirakawa Daruma, Shirakawa City in Fukushima is also well-known as a cherry blossom viewing spot, and as an area with long history. Definitely consider Shirakawa City’s Komine-jo Castle and Nanko Park as places to visit during this year’s cherry blossom viewing season! Komine-jo Castle Komine-jo Castle, which overlooks Shirakawa City, was builtContinue reading Komine-jo & Japan’s Oldest Park

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