The former feudal town of Aizu-Wakamatsu in Fukushima prefecture offers several sights nowhere else to be discovered. Yet if the red tiles castle is quite famous in Japan, the Sazaedo Pagoda was a wonderful surprise with its unique architecture. And Mount Iimoriyama is also home of the Byakkotai History. The whole city stands for one of the Heisei 100 landscapes.
How to get there?
Aizu-Wakamatsu is easy to visit, about three hours away from Tokyo (JR Pass friendly!). After the JR Tohoku Shinkansen reaching Koriyama, the JR Banetsu-sai line allows to reach Aizu Wakamatsu (About 9000 yens). Highway buses are also running from Shinjuku (4,5 hours, 4800 yen). To visit the many interesting spots of Aizu, the Aizu Loop buses are convenient enough (210 yen once or 500 yen for a day pass).
Only 20 kilometers South of Aizu, be sure to discover the thatched roofs of Ouchi-Juku!