Aizu’s Seasonal Charms

Introducing the natural beauty of Aizu that can be enjoyed all year round.
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Spring

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The Five Cherry Trees of Aizu
The Ishibe Cherry Tree in Aizuwakamatsu, Toranoo Cherry Tree and Yonezawa-no-Chitose Cherry Tree in Aizu-Misatomachi, Suginoito Cherry Tree in Aizubangemachi, and Oshika Cherry Tree in Inawashiro are collectively known as The Five Cherry Trees of Aizu. The Ishibe Cherry Tree starred in the opening sequence of Yae no Sakura, the 2013 Japanese television drama series about Niijima Yae.
Ishibe Cherry Tree: Ishibe, Yahata, Ikkimachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Toranoo Cherry Tree: 3554 Sanbanyamashita, Suzumebayashi, Aizumisatomachi, Onuma-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Yonezawa-no-Chitose Cherry Tree: Ikenami, Yonezawa, Aizumisatomachi, Onuma-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Suginoito Cherry Tree: Kitasugiomichi-ue, Funasugi, Aizubangemachi, Kawanuma-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Oshika Cherry Tree: Nishimine, Inawashiromachi, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
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Cherry trees of Tsuruga-jo Castle
The cherry trees of Tsuruga-jo Castle are the symbol of Aizu.
Tsuruga-jo Castle is Aizu’s foremost cherry blossom spot, where several thousand cherry trees, predominantly of the Somei-Yoshino variety, bloom. It is also a ruins designated as a national historical relic site and numbers among Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom sites (Japan Cherry Blossom Association).
Address: Outemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi
Access: 15 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-242-27-4005 (Aizuwakamatsu Tourism Bureau)

Summer

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To-no-Hetsuri
Located within Okawa Hatori Prefectural Park, and the best place of scenic beauty on the Okawa Line.
Millions of years of weathering and erosion have fashioned this exquisite landscape. In early summer, the sight of wisteria blossoms against the white cliff face looks like a famous scroll painting.
Address: Shimogomachi, Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 35 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
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Ouchi-juku
A precious village that still retains, virtually untouched, the vestiges of a post town of the Edo Period. This post town was established in around 1640 as the third staging post after the Aizu castle town on the 130-km trail linking Aizuwakamatsu and Nikko’s Imaichi.
Address: Yamamoto, Ouchi, Shimogomachi, Minamiaizu-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 40 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
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Lake Hibara
The majestic, mystical Lake Hibara is located in the Urabandai-kogen highlands, where you can enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest. It is the largest lake in Urabandai and the only one with a road circumnavigating it, so you can drive around the entire circumference of the lake. Near the north bank is the Aizu-Yonezawa Trail, where the 2009 NHK historical drama, Tenchijin, was set. Part of the trail now lies at the bottom of Lake Hibara.
Address: 1093 Kengamine, Hibara, Kitashiobaramura, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 40 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-241-32-2349 (Urabandai Tourist Association)
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Lake Inawashiro
The majestic form of Mt. Bandai, which changes its appearance with the seasons, is reflected clearly in the surface of Lake Inawashiro, which is also known as “Heavenly Mirror Lake.” The unique Kame-maru and elegant Hakucho-maru sightseeing boats that ply Lake Inawashiro are very popular with children.
Address: 1060-2 Miyanishi, Katada, Inawashiromachi, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 25 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho (To sightseeing boat wharf)
Phone: +81-242-62-5657

Autumn

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Urabandai Fall Foliage Walk
Urabandai is famous for the cluster of lakes and ponds known as “Goshikinuma Koshogun.” The Goshikinuma Koshogun include Akanuma Pond, Midoronuma Pond, Bentennuma Pond, Rurinuma Pond, Aonuma Pond, and Yanaginuma Pond. In particular, Bishamonnuma Pond, the largest pond in the cluster, attracts many tourists, who can go out on the pond in a boat. It is in this lake that koi carp with heart-shaped patterns on their backs are to be found. In the fall foliage season, the leaves of the Kaede maples and lacquer trees paint Mt. Bandai many beautiful colors.
Address: 1093 Kengamine, Hibara, Kitashiobaramura, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 40 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-241-32-2349 (Urabandai Tourist Association)
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Aizu Autumn Festival
Held in autumn every year, this festival features a parade of drum and fife bands by Aizuwakamatsu’s elementary schools, the Nisshinkan Children’s Parade, and the Aizu Clan Parade. In the Aizu Clan Parade on the last day of the festival, a departure ceremony is held in the main area of Tsuruga-jo Castle, and about 500 people dressed as samurai and historical figures take the whole day to walk the streets of the city.
Address: 1-1 Outemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 10 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho (Main area of Tsuruga-jo Castle)
Phone: +81-242-23-4141 (Aizu Festival Committee)

Winter

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ALTS BANDAI Snow Park & Resort
Located on the southern slopes of Mt. Bandai, it is only about 50 minutes’ drive from Aizuwakamatsu. Convenient for coming to Onyado Toho after enjoying a day’s skiing or snowboarding.
Address: 6838-68 Shimizudaira, Sarashina, Bandaimachi, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Access: Approx. 50 minutes’ drive from Onyado Toho
Phone: +81-242-74-5000