The "Hidden-Beauty" Small Towns / Villages in Japan - "Inawashiro Town" in Fukushima Prefecture

August 7, 2016

Fukushima prefecture still has quite number of small towns existing today, and each town has historic values in the township for its own identity and characteristics.


Inawashiro Town is located at the renown Lake Inawashiro, which is the number 4 largest lake in Japan.  The lake shows clean and clear water clarity every time and it is maintained well for high-popularity for tourists and travellers.


The visitors can enjoy and satisfy with beautiful views around the Lake Inawashiro, regardless of seasons.  Every season has great sceneries and atmospheres.



1. The Basic Information on "Inawashiro Town" :


- The Total Area:  394.85 km2

- The Population: 14,815 persons (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  37.5 persons / km2

- The Railway:  There is Joko station under East-Japan Railways within the Inawashiro town.   

- The Main Roads:  The two National Roads (#49 and #115) available within the town.   The "Bandai-Azuma" Highway as well as The Ban-Etsu Highways are available in the town.

- The Bus:  The "Bandai-Toto Bus network is available as well as the long-distance bus (Yumekaido Aizu Bus) is connecting between Tokyo / Shibuya and Aizu-Wakamatsu station. 

- The Airport:  The nearest airport is Niigata Domestic Airport in 110-minute drive from the town (about 125 km)



2. The Main Industry:


- Agriculture (In particular, Rice & Soba)

- Tourism



3. The Recommended Spots for Sightseeing Near "Inawashiro Town":



3-1 The Mount Adatara (1,699.6m) : 


- It is an active volcano mountain and its last eruption was in 1900.

- Mt. Adatara is considered as one of 3 major active-volcano mountains around Inawashiro town, which are Mt. Bandai and Mt. Azuma other than Mt. Adatara. 



3-2  The Lake Inawashiro :


- The Lake Inawashiro has the top 4th lake space in Japan, which is located at the borders of Aizu-Wakamatsu city, Koriyama city and Inawashiro town.

- The lake is regarded as a symbolic figure for Inawashiro town.

- It has different faces as a scenic lake in 4 different seasons, and the ice-pillar phenomenon created in cold winter season is something very unique caused by the natural climates. 



3-3  The River Nagase :


- The River Nagase is considered as a 1st-grade river which is collecting water resources from Bandai Mountain ranges for the Lake Inawashiro.

- With a high acidity degree in the River Nagase, the Lake Inawashiro can maintain a high transparency and clarity in the water level.



3-4  The Tenjin Hama :


- The Tenjin Hama at the Lake Inawashiro was selected as one of the best-scenic pine-tree beaches in Japan.



3-5  The Kobiragata Tenmangu Shrine :


- The Kobiragata Tenmangu Shrine is regarded as one of the most famous Tenmangu Shrines in Japan.

- Other 2 shrines are Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto.



3-6  The Bonari Mountain Pass :


- The Bonari Mountain Pass was where the best-known Samurai-War between ex-Tokugawa Shogunate group vs the newly-established Japanese Meiji-Government military group was held from 1868 and 1869.

- Those ex-Togugawa Shogunate group was lost at the war and was worshipped at this mountain pass.



3-7  The Nakanosawa Onsen :


- The Onsen place is quiet in such rich nature's environment, which is located among 3 mountains, i.e., Mt. Bandai in the west, Mt. Adatara in the east and Mt. Azuma in north.

- It has been well known for local people, since it was found out around 1,600 years.



< The Mt. Adatara in Autumn Season >



< The Mt. Adatara in Spring Season >



< The Lake Inawashiro in Witnter Season >



< The Lake Inawashiro at Sunset >



< The River Nagase in Summer Season >



< The Tenjin Hama Beach at the Lake Inawashiro in Winter >



< The Kobiragata Tenmangu Shrine >



< The Bonaritoge Mountain Pass >



< The Nakanosawa Onsen >



< How to Get the Lake Inawashiro in Fukushima >







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