Top 10 Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu, Japan

December 24, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Aizuwakamatsu (会津若松市, Aizuwakamatsu-shi) is a city in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2014, the city had an estimated population of 122,715, and a population density of 321 persons per km². The total area is 383.03 km².
Restaurants in Aizuwakamatsu

1. Tsuruga Castle

1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0873, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-27-4005
Excellent
28%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 701 reviews

Tsuruga Castle

Reviewed By Bracken D

Very good example of a reconstructed castle from the Japanese fuedal period. Lots of history and lovely surroundings and don't miss the tea ceremony area for a refreshing cup and a sweet. You need a car or bus tour to get there but if you can and like this type of thing you won't be disappointed.

2. Sazaedo

Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-22-3163
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 232 reviews

Sazaedo

Reviewed By ART196

さざえ堂の二重らせん塔!
Double Helix Pagoda! This twisted pagoda was built in 1796. Through the entrance one ramp ascends spiraling to the top of the16m pagoda where a 'bridge,' Taikobashi, crosses over to another descending ramp which twists down and out the back of the pagoda. This structure is unique in Japan and the world. Like most Japanese pagodas of size, it is constructed entirely from wood. Ascending this sacred helter-skelter is like something from a dream.

3. Iimoriyama

Ikkimachiyahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-24-3000
Excellent
15%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 241 reviews

Iimoriyama

Reviewed By StanleyAuckland - Auckland, New Zealand

The graves of the Byakkotai (White Tiger Corps) boy soldiers, aged 14 - 16, are on Limoriyama. Returning from battle in the Boshin Civil War, the boys were on the mountain and saw in the distance, Tsuruga Castle in flames. They thought that their castle had been taken so commited ritual suicide on the mountain. The tradgedy is that the castle had not been taken.
Also on Limoriyama is Sazaedo Pagoda which is a facinating piece of ancient design and enginering. Inside you will find lots of writing which may be prayers, plus ancient grafitti. It was there when I first came about 25 years ago. The pagoda has character but please don't add to it.

4. Aizu Old Samurai Residences

1 Higashiyamamachiishiyama, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0813, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-28-2525
Excellent
22%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 146 reviews

Aizu Old Samurai Residences

Reviewed By thelonious22 - Seongnam

The Aizu Bukeyakishi was basically a folk village with samurai residence buildings, the place was efficiently laid out with the suggested tour route clearly labeled which allowed a good look at every corner of the complex. The explanations were well posted also. The 850 yen admission was a bit steep considering the relatively short amount of time needed to see the site.

5. Byakkotai's Tomb

1404-4 Ikkimachi Yahata, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0003, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
17%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
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4 based on 79 reviews

Byakkotai's Tomb

Reviewed By ART196

The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Force, were a contingent of teenage boys who fought in the Boshin War on the side of the Loyalists. During the Battle of Tonoguchihara in which Tsuruga Castle was being besieged, a group of 20 Byakkotai soldiers became cut off from the main force and retreating to Mt. Imori they saw Tsurugajō enshrouded in smoke and mistakenly concluded that the enemy must’ve taken the castle. As a result they all committed seppuku. The sole survivor was Iinuma Sadakichi, aged 16, who failed to inflict fatal wounds on himself and was rescued by a local peasant. Iinuma went on to serve the Emperor in the Imperial Army and have the best moustache in Sendai (his picture shown in album).
Opposite the 19 graves is a monument in the shape of an eagle perched on a column donated to Japan in 1928 by the government of Italy. The base stone is actually a block of marble once used in a Roman palace in the city of Pompeii, destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted. The monument is treasured as a gift from the citizens of Rome to Japan.
It is inscribed as follows: ANNO MCMXXVIII・VI・ERA・FASCISTA
(Year 1928, Year 6 of the Fascist Era)
I’m glad Japan is taking good care of European historical artefacts.

6. Oyakuen

8-1 Hanaharumachi, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0804, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-27-2472
Excellent
26%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 71 reviews

Oyakuen

Reviewed By Dianne T - Tokyo, Japan

Oyakuen garden is a quiet and delightful corner of this widespread castle town. It is a must for anyone who loves Gardens in general, and Japanese Gardens in particular. It was originally a medicinal herb garden, and is still a lovely example of a historic botanical garden, the small plots of Japanese herbs and edible plants linked by winding paths to a pretty little wooded lake (the red pines especially beautiful), with a small teahouse reached by a bridge. A sign in Japanese says that marks on the wooden pillars of the tea-house were made by swords during the fierce fighting of the civil war (Boshin War) of 1868. There is a delightful spot at the end of the lake where you can have green tea on the lawn under a lacquer umbrella, and feed the carp and ducks, or in a pleasant tatami room looking over the lake. A small shop sells products of the garden and local area, with an emphasis on herbal teas.

7. Nanokamachidori

Nanokamachi, Aizuwakamatsu 965-0044, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-39-1251
Excellent
19%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
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4 based on 92 reviews

Nanokamachidori

Reviewed By kiddydoc1

A street of charming historical buildings from many eras. Many interesting shops and restaurants. Experience Japan as it was pre-war.

8. Nisshinkan

10 Minamikoya Takatsukayama, Kawahigashimachi, Aizuwakamatsu 969-3441, Fukushima Prefecture +81 242-75-2525
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Nisshinkan

Reviewed By MarcinDrP - Warsaw, Poland

Once upon a time there was a Samuray School. Since it was in Aizu, and Aizu samurays got into a conflict with the emperor (or, rather, his representatives) there was a (Bonshin) war. During the war the samuray school -- that was next to the castle -- was totally demolished.
Later it was rebuild in another place -- very meticulously (I am told) rebuild. Now you can visit it and learn some cool facts about the samuray education in early 1800's. Definitely worthy visiting -- even if some figures / recreations are somewhat "cheesy". The fact that samurays learned ASTRONOMY is mind blowing -- IMHO.

9. Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle

1-1, Otecho, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
23%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle

Reviewed By niwatoriusagi - Ishinomaki, Japan

I actually was more found from local traintrip from Aizuwakamatsu to Tokyo, the town of Aizuwakamatsu hase more to offer than this museum
the museum it self is very good and interesting but it is a bit to cloudy for us, but if you are in Aizuwakamatsu it is very interesting to go to visit to have some history

10. Place Where Byakkotai Members Committed Suicide

IkkImachI Yahata IImorIyama, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture
Excellent
21%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Place Where Byakkotai Members Committed Suicide

Reviewed By akio9jp - Narita, Japan

白虎隊十九士の墓より少し坂を下った場所にあります。数年前にNHKの大河ドラマ「八重の桜」で放映されましたが、薩摩藩・長州藩・土佐藩などの新政府軍に対し、会津藩などの旧幕府軍が抵抗した「戊辰戦争」の際、若くして命を落とした白虎隊の悲劇の地です。ここからは、鶴ヶ城が小さく見えます。

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