Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima: A Beautiful Historic Castle Town

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  • Aizuwakamatsu is one of the beautiful cities located in Fukushima Prefecture. It is an inland valley with heavy snowfall during winter.

    As a historical place, it was considered to be a castle town during the Edo Period owing to so many old merchant houses and stone houses which stand alongside modern buildings. If you are planning on going on a trip around the place, it would be best to try these activities.

    Eat Aizu Food at Takino Restaurant


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    Takino restaurant specializes in local Aizu cuisine. It has been operating since the Kamakura era. It is the best place to try different traditional dishes such as wappameshi, a popular Japanese dish cooked in a round container, which is made of thin wooded sheets. These were used by Aizu woodcutters for taking their lunch to the mountains. The dish consists of rice topped with certain ingredients. Apart from these, they also have soba and bonito flakes.

    Have a Taste of Sake at Aizu Homare

    Regarded as one of the best breweries in Tohoku, Aizu Homare gives you 10 varieties of sake to taste from. It is located in Kitakata City of Fukushima Prefecture and is open 7 days a week. The place is surrounded by lavishly green Japanese garden where you can enjoy sake, liqueur and shochu. Entrance is free and you can even join a tour which lasts for 40 minutes. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit the place.

    Visit Tsuruga Castle


    The famous Aizuwakamatsu castle is also known as Tsuruga castle. Its first construction began on 1384 with the first purpose of serving the military and administrative center of the Aizu region. Reconstruction that occurred included the largest tower (tenshu) being cemented during 1965. If you visit the place, you can find a museum inside as well as an observation gallery on top with scenic views of the city. The entrance fee for adults is 410 JPY while 150 JPY for children.

    Tsuraga-jo Castle

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