Having developed as a gateway into Tohoku area from ancient times, Fukushima Prefecture has historical buildings such as Shingu-kumano Shrine and Ouchijuku. It is also known for its natural scenic spots such as Mt. Bandaisan, Oze and Lake Inawashiro.東北地方の玄関口として古代より発展した県で、新宮熊野神社の長床や大内宿など歴史を今に伝える建造物も多い。磐梯山や尾瀬、猪苗代湖など自然の宝庫としても知られる。
1. Kassenba no Ipponzakura 合戦場の一本桜
Kassenba no Ipponzakura, which translates to “lone sakura on a site of battle,” is a weeping cherry tree with pink flowers on the site of an 11th century battle. It is breathtakingly beautiful when in full bloom—the drooping branches look like a waterfall of flowers. Despite its name, it is actually not one but two trees snuggling close together. For this reason it is also known as Meotozakura (“husband and wife sakura”).
2. Hanamiyama Park 花見山
A park located in the hills of the southeastern part of Fukushima City, it is also known as “Togenkyo” (meaning “utopia”). The park features a wide variety of flowers, from cherry, plum, and peach blossom, to forsythia and flowering quince. Seeing them all in full bloom at once is an unforgettable sight.
3. Yoshinodaira Fudo Falls 吉野平不動滝
Although only 5 meters high, it is very popular with waterfall enthusiasts due to its unusual shape. Water spills out from a deep U-shaped cleft gouged into the rock face. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a mysterious, otherworldly atmosphere.
4. Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls 達沢不動滝
About 1 kilometer from Nakanosawa Onsen hot springs, this 10-meter high, 16-meter wide breathtakingly brisk waterfall looks like a curtain of water. It is actually considered one of a pair of waterfalls located close to one another—the other, smaller one is spectacular as well.