Tamakawa

Tamakawa--a tiny village overflowing with delicious food

Tamakawa is located on the western tip of the Abukuma mountain range in Fukushima. It is a tiny agricultural village that runs 11.3 km east-west and 9.2 km north-south, surrounded by natural beauty that showcases the four seasons. Each one brings an abundance of seasonal produce to delight the palate.

Tamakawa
Introduction Movie

<Learning>
History / Culture

The Nenbutsu Dance of Minami-Sugama dates back to about 1650 during the Edo period. It was discontinued in 1915, but revived in 1952 in memory of Kesa Ono.
Dancers wear long-sleeved kimono tucked up with tasuki ties, as well as tekko hand covers, kyahan leggings, and flowery hats. The dance is performed twice a year, on April 3 (during the Spring Daiji-yakushi Festival) and on August 14 (during the Obon holidays). The dance is performed by girls age 5–12.
Fukushima Prefecture designated the Nenbutsu Dance an Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1978.

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Tourism

The 300-year-old Konpira cherry (beni-shidare variety) is a delight to see in spring along with the more than 500 Yoshino cherries that spectacularly line Yukarinomori Park. There are Otsuji Falls, once visited by the famed haiku poet Basho, while the clear Tono stream runs through the high plains at an elevation of more than 500 meters--both offering visitors a chance to be healed and delighted by the vastness of nature in all seasons.
Hardy kiwi, a specialty product of Tamakawa, is in season between late September and mid-October, while blueberry-picking experiences are available between early July and early August.

<Food / Shopping>
Buy / Eat

Sarunashi, or hardy kiwi, is an earlier species of kiwi whose fruit is sometimes called kokuwa. It is a superfruit packed with vitamins and minerals, each one measuring about 3 cm in length. ""Sarunashi"" actually means ""monkey pear"", and the fruit is said to have gotten this name because it was so delicious that the monkeys would come and eat up the kiwis until there was nothing left. There is an extremely small window when they can be eaten fresh--just during the fall harvest.
There is also an extensive selection of processed goods that can be purchased at the Tamakawa roadside station, at the Fukushima Airport, or other select locations.

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
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 ← About 45 minutes → Tamakawa
Ban-etsu Expressway
Niigata-Chuo I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Iwaki I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 45 minutes → Tamakawa