Nihonmatsu

Step into a world of seasonal beauty just outside Tokyo

Just a little over two hours by train from Tokyo--or a little over three hours by car--is Nihonmatsu, a town where the four seasons offer so much to see and do. Come explore the undiscovered side of Japan.

Nihonmatsu
Introduction Movie

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History / Culture

Nihonmatsu Castle was a stronghold of the eastern forces of the old shogunate army during the Boshin War, a conflict that would ultimately destroy it in a fire. Today, the former site of the castle is preserved as a prefectural park (Kasumigajo Koen) and is counted among the top one hundred castles of Japan. The park offers cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, and beautiful fall colors, as well as numerous historical sites and scenic views that span all four of Japan's distinct seasons. It is also the site of one of Japan's largest chrysanthemum festivals, the Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Doll Exhibit, held in October and November every year.

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Tourism

Nihonmatsu is famous for its many beautiful cherry trees, which inspire and delight springtime visitors as they clothe the city in shades of pink.
Mt. Adatara (elevation 1,700 meters) is counted amount the best hundred mountains in Japan, and has a ropeway running from the Okudake trailhead that makes it easy to enjoy the ascent in summer or take in the autumn colors. Skiing is available in wintertime.
At the foot of the mountain is Dake Hot Springs, which is one of the very few naturally acidic hot springs in Japan. It is easy on the skin, and known for its powerful beautifying effects.
The first Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of October brings the Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival, featuring seven gorgeously illuminated taiko drum floats that light up the city streets.

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Buy / Eat

The roadside stations in Nihonmatsu (Adachi Chieko no Sato, Sakura-no-Go, and Fukushima Towa) offer all kinds of unique local dishes and souvenir products.
At Adachi Chieko no Sato, you can find zaku-zaku, a chunky vegetable soup that is a local homecooked favorite, as well as sake from four local breweries (Okunomatsu, Daishichi, Himonoya, and Ninki). All four make their sake using delicious rice and spring water originating at Mt. Adatara, and all are open for tours with advance reservations.

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
Nihonmatsu ← About 30 minutes → Koriyama
Suigun Line
Mito ← About 3 hours 20 minutes → Koriyama
Ban-etsu West Line
Aizuwakamatsu ← About 1 hour 15 minutes → Koriyama
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
Koriyama I.C. ← About 20 minutes → Nihonmatsu I.C.
Ban-etsu Expressway
Niigata-Chuo I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Iwaki I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 40 minutes → Nihonmatsu