Inawashiro

A town of history, culture, and food tied to Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro

Inawashiro is located almost in the center of Fukushima Prefecture, and is known for its rich natural beauty--particularly Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro.
Come take in the beauty of the four seasons as well as the countless year-round delights that this nature-filled wonderland has to offer.

Inawashiro
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History / Culture

Inawashiro has long prospered as an important town. Several key historical sites remain here, including Hanitsu Shrine (dedicated to Hoshina Masayuki, founder of the Aizu clan) and Tenkyokaku, the summer residence of Prince Arisugawa Takehito.
It is also the birthplace of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, the world-famous bacteriologist whose face appears on the thousand-yen note. Dr. Noguchi overcame a life of hardship to save countless lives, and is still widely revered as an example of how human beings should live their lives.
Inawashiro is also extremely rare for having been recognized as a Japan Heritage town twice over: once for The Canal That Ensured the Future of Asaka and again for Visiting 33 Kannon in Aizu.

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Tourism

The two most famous landmarks in the town of Inawashiro are Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro, both of which have been designated as national park areas. Mt. Bandai offers hiking, skiing, and snowboarding opportunities, while Lake Inawashiro is a great place to enjoy camping, swimming, and watersports.
The town also draws some 100,000 visitors every spring to see the famous Kannonji River cherries, while the Nakanosawa Hot Springs are known for producing more water than any other hot springs in Japan. Tatsusawa-fudo Falls are a popular location for films and TV dramas, and the Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum chronicles the achievements of the world-famous bacteriologist. These and other attractions make Inawashiro one of Japan's leading tourist destinations for those seeking year-round enjoyment of its culture and stunning natural beauty.

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Buy / Eat

Inawashiro produces more soba than almost anywhere else in Japan, and prides itself on offering “freshly-ground, freshly-prepared, freshly boiled” noodles. Shugen soba have long been featured at important celebrations and are a staple of Inawashiro’s culinary culture.
Inawashiro Ten-no-tsubu brand rice has even made its way overseas, and is highly regarded as an excellent sushi rice. Other delicious local specialties include asparagus and Yukishita cabbage, both of which develop a remarkable sweetness as a result of being grown in the area’s high plateau climate.
The town of Inawashiro is also known as a haven for sweets—so much so that they hold a Dessert Festival each year. Sasa-dango (sweet rice cakes wrapped in bamboo leaf) and age-manju (deep-fried steamed cakes with sweet filling) and fresh dora-yaki bean-jam cakes are perfect for taking home as souvenirs.

Access

Tohoku Shinkansen
Tokyo ← About 1 hour 20 minutes → Koriyama
Fukushima ← About 20 minutes → Koriyama
Sendai ← About 40 minutes → Koriyama
Morioka ← About 2 hours 20 minutes → Koriyama
Tohoku Line
Fukushima ← About 1 hour → Koriyama
Shirakawa ← About 40 minutes → Koriyama
Suigun Line
Mito ← About 3 hours 20 minutes → Koriyama
Ban-etsu West Line
Aizuwakamatsu ← About 1 hour 15 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 40 minutes → Inawashiro
Ban-etsu East Line
Iwaki ← About 1 hour 40 minutes → Koriyama
Tohoku Expressway
Urawa I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Sendai-Minami I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Ban-etsu Expressway
Niigata-Chuo I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Iwaki I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Tohoku Expressway - Ban-etsu Expressway
Koriyama ← About 30 minutes → Inawashiro