The "Hidden-Beauty" Small Towns / Villages in Fukushima Prefecture - "Minami-Aizu Town"

September 25, 2016

The Aizu used to be one of the important Samurai-Clans within the northern part of Japan during Edo period.  It is well known that the clan had fought with anti-Tokugawa Shogun army to protect such a long-historic Tokugawa Shogun government.  They lost to the opposite and Japan opened their outer-doors to foreign countries 150 years ago.  Then, the Meiji modern-style era started as a result.


Other than the main Aizu-Wakamatsu city in Fukushima, the small town, "Minami-Aizu town" was consolidated with other small towns in the southern side of Aizu area in 2006.   



1. The Basic Information on "Minami-Aizu Town" :


- The Total Area:  886.47 km2

- The Population: 15,913 persons (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  18 persons / km2

- The Railway:  There are several train stations within the town, and the main station is JR Aizu-Tajima station.

- The Main Roads:  The two National Roads (#121, #289, #352, #400 and #401 are available within the town.   

- The Bus:  There is a local bus transportation services available, which is Aizu Transportation company.

- The Airport:  The nearest airport is Niigata Domestic Airport in 150-minute drive from the village (about 146 km)



2. The Main Industry:


- Agriculture (Rice, Tomatos, Asparaguses, etc) 



3. The Recommended Spots for Sightseeing Near "Minami-Aizu Town" :



3-1 The Mashes within the town :


- The Komado Mash - The National Natural Menument Site

- The Tashiroyama Mash - The Part of Oze National Park



3-2  The National Important Cultural Monuments in the town :


- The Oku-Aizu Museum - The National Important Cultural Monument

- The Omomo Dance Theathre - The National Important Cultural Monument

- The Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival - One of the Best-Known 3 Great Traditional Festivals in Japan



3-3  The Japanese Castles in the town : 


- The Hisakawa Castle Site - The Fukushima's prefectural historic site

- The Shigiyama Castle Site  - The Fukushima's prefectural historic site



3-4  The Japanese Traditional Onsens :


- The Tokusa Onsen since Heian Period (about 1,000 years ago)

- The Yunohana Onsen (since 700 years ago)



3-5  The Skii Resorts :


- Aizu-Kogen Dai Kura Skii Resort

- Aizu-Kogen Takatsue Skii Resort

- Aizu-Kogen Takahata Skii Resort

- Aizu-Kogen Nango Skii Resort



< The Komado Marsh >



< The Tashiroyama Marsh >



< The Omomo Dance Theatre >



< The Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival >



< The Aizu-Tajima Gion Festival > 



< The Yunohana Traditional Onsen >



< How to Get to the Minami-Aizu Town in Fukushima >




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