Journey exploring the history of Aizu

Introducing buildings and places of historical value around the Aizu area that retain traces of the romantic atmosphere of old.
Trace the area’s historical landmarks and ruins to experience the history and culture of Aizu.
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Explore sites connected to Shinsengumi

This route explores the various sites in the Aizu area that are connected to Shinsengumi, the guard unit for the Tokugawa shogun in Kyoto.
  • Grave of the Matsudaira Clan of the Aizu Domain, where Matsudaira Katamori, the lord of the Aizu Domain lies (inside Higashiyama-in) 
  • Tennei-ji Temple and the grave of Isami Kondo, a chief member of the Shinsengumi, the guard unit for the Tokugawa Shogun in Kyoto (Higashiyama area) 
  • The site of Higashiyama Onsen Shimizuya Inn, where Hijikata Toshizo, the leader of the Shogun’s forces, stayed to nurse his wounds during the Boshin War (Omachi 1-chome) 
  • Aizu Shinsengumi Museum, which features exhibits related to the Shinsengumi, the Tokugawa Shogun’s guard unit in Kyoto, as well as precious artifacts related to Niijima Yae (1845-1932, a woman from Aizu who played an important role in Japan’s history in the period in the late Edo Period and after the Meiji Restoration (Nanokamachi) 
  • Amidaji Temple and the grave of Saito Hajime, a captain in the Shinsengumi (Nanokamachi) 
  • Nyoraido Hall, where the Aizu unit of the Shinsengumi, led by its captain, Saito Hajime, engaged in mortal combat with the armies from the West of Japan that backed the Emperor against the Shogunate (Nagashigo, Kozashimachi).
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The Grave of the Matsudaira Clan of the Aizu Domain
Built after the death of Hoshina Masayori, heir of Hoshina Masayuki, the first lord of the Aizu Matsudaira Clan, in 1657, this grave has received high acclaim as one of the best examples of a daimyo clan’s grave in Japan.

Address: Hakayama, Ishiyama, Higashiyama-machi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: 5 minutes’ walk from Onyado Toho
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Ruins of Shimizuya Inn
This inn, whose guests included Yoshida Shoin, Hijikata Toshizo, and Niijima Jo and Yae, stood here until the early years of the Showa Period.

Address: 6-7 Nanokamachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture 
Access: 15 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-242-22-3049
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Aizu Shinsengumi Museum
Exhibits precious artifacts related to the Shinsengumi and Niijima Yae.

Address: 6-7 Nanokamachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture 
Access: 15 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-242-22-3049
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Amida-ji Temple / Grave of Saito Hajime
The secret meeting place, “Osangai,” was relocated to the grounds of this temple from the main area of Tsuruga-jo Castle after the Boshin War. The grave of Saito Hajime is also located here.

Address: 4-20 Nanokamachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture 
Access: 15 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-242-23-7398
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Nyoraido
Where the Aizu unit of the Shinsengumi, led by its captain, Saito Hajime, engaged in mortal combat with the Western armies.

Address: Nyoraido, Kozashimachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture 
Access: 20 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho

Aizu Tourism Links

Aizu Bus Navi
 Comprehensive public transport site for expressway buses and Aizu local buses.  
 The official website of Higashiyama Onsen Tourism Association.  
 The official website of Aizuwakamatsu-shi
 Official website of Tsuruga-jo Castle, the symbol of Aizu, and Oyakuen Medicinal Gardens
 One of Aizu’s leading tourism facilities.
 Website of the Aizu Hanko Nisshinkan, the school for the Byakkotai group of around 305 young teenage samurai of the Aizu Domain, who fought in the Boshin War (1868–1869)