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Aizu-Wakamatsu 会津若松市Pictures of Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture.
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Wakamatsu (Tsurugajo) Castle 若松城・鶴ヶ城


In Aizu-Wakamatsu, it is called Tsuruga-jo Castle. Outside the city, many call it Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle. The official name is Wakamatsu Castle. Lord Gamo Ujisato (from Shiga Prefecture) in 1593 built most of the castle and renamed it Tsurugajo. The castle tower was reconstructed in 1965 and serves as a castle history museum. In 2001, the Hoshii Yagura turret and the Minami Hashiri Nagaya corridor were also reconstructed.

117 files, last one added on Dec 04, 2007
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Iimoriyama Hill (Byakkotai) 飯盛山


In 1868, a unit of teenage warriors called Byakkotai (White Tiger Battalion) fought against the Emperor-backed Imperial forces encroaching their domain of Aizu. The Byakkotai were outnumbered and forced to retreat. Twenty of them escaped to Iimoriyama Hill where they saw what looked liked a burning Tsurugajo Castle which actually had not fallen yet. In despair, the boys decided to kill themselves rather than die in the hands of the enemy. Their tombstones are on this hill near where they killed themselves. Their story has become legend.

62 files, last one added on Dec 06, 2007
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Lord Gamo Ujisato Gravesite 蒲生氏郷公之墓所


Native of Hino, Shiga Prefecture, Lord Gamo (Gamoh) Ujisato (1556-1595) is best known for building Aizu-Wakamatsu (Tsurugajo) Castle and founding Aizu-Wakamatsu. He suddenly died at age 40. One theory says that he was poisoned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

16 files, last one added on Dec 05, 2007
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Other Sights


Other sights in Aizu-Wakamatsu.

21 files, last one added on Dec 05, 2007
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Fukushima city 福島市Pictures of Fukushima city, Fukushima Prefecture.
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Hanamiyama Park 花見山公園


Hanamiyama Park is literally a Flower-Viewing Mountain Park famous for spring flowers especially cherry blossoms sprinkled on the mountainsides. A short bus ride from JR Fukushima Station. It started in 1935 when local flower growers began planting flowers all over the place. In April 1959, it became Hanamiyama Park.

64 files, last one added on May 15, 2012
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Fukushima Waraji Matsuri Festival 福島わらじまつり


Held on the first Fri. and Sat. of Aug., the Fukushima Waraji Matsuri is mainly an evening parade of dancers. During Aug. 7-8, 2009, the 40th Fukushima Waraji Festival was held. I saw it on the second day. Waraji are straw sandals. Also see my YouTube video here.

60 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2010
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Other Fukushima Sights


Fukushima Station, Tanabata Matsuri Star Festival along Paseo Road and Bunka-dori in early Aug., and bird's eye views of the city.

36 files, last one added on Sep 09, 2009
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Iwaki いわき市Pictures of Iwaki, Fukushima.
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Spa Resort Hawaiians スパリゾートハワイアンズ


A huge, Hawaiian-themed water park and hot spring facility. Great place for families to play in large and small pools and hot springs. A Polynesian show with the famous hula girls is held twice a day. Restaurants, gift shops, rest areas, and outdoor hot spring baths make this a major attraction in Tohoku. The movie, "Hula Girl" in 2006 made it famous.

97 files, last one added on Mar 03, 2012
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Yumoto Onsen Spa 湯本温泉


Yumoto Station and Yumoto Onsen Spa.

34 files, last one added on Mar 12, 2012
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Kitashiobara 北塩原村Pictures of Kitashiobara-mura village, especially the Bandai-Asahi National Park.
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Goshikinuma 五色沼


Goshikinuma is a chain of five ponds with very deep and rich colors, like emerald green/blue. Pleasant hiking trails lead to the ponds. Part of the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

17 files, last one added on Dec 06, 2006
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Miharu 三春町Pictures of Miharu-machi town, Fukushima Prefecture.
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Miharu Takizakura Weeping Cherry Tree 三春滝桜


The Miharu Takizakura (Waterfall cherry blossoms) cherry tree is one of Japan's most famous and grandest weeping cherry tree. It is over 1,000 years old and the mother of thousands of weeping cherry trees in Japan and even overseas. While in bloom, it is lit up in the evening. Accessible from JR Miharu Station on the Ban'etsu-to Line from Koriyama Station. A National Natural Monument.

120 files, last one added on May 14, 2012
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Nihonmatsu 二本松市Pictures of Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture.
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Nihonmatsu Castle (Kasumigajo Park) 二本松城・霞ヶ城公園


Nihonmatsu Castle, also popularly called Kasumigajo Castle, is in Kasumigajo Park on a low hill amid the flat plains of central Nihonmatsu. It is one of Japan's 100 Famous Castles as well as one of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom Sites. During the Edo Period, Nihonmatsu Castle was the residence of the Niwa clan who ruled Nihonmatsu. Although it lacks a central tower or donjon, Nihonmatsu Castle features impressive stone walls and gate (reconstructed), not to mention many cherry tees and pine trees.

138 files, last one added on May 15, 2012
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Central Nihonmatsu Sights


Besides Nihonmatsu Castle, Nihonmatsu has other sights like poet Takamura Chieko's birth home, Dairinji temple noted for the graves of the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps, Nihonmatsu Shrine, and the Nihonmatsu History Museum.

119 files, last one added on May 15, 2012
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