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

October 16, 2016

There are several numbers of towns named with "Misato" within Japan, and the meaning of "Misato" is a beautiful town.  Aizu area also has one Misato town, in the south-west side of Aizu-Wakamatsu city.  


With a long and rich history of Aizu district, the Aizu-Misato town has a lot of great sceneries and cultures, regardless of seasons.   It is my pleasure to make good introduction to foreign travellers who like to visit such hidden-beauty small towns or villages within Japan.



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


- The Total Area:  276.33 km2

- The Population: 20,680 persons (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  74.8 persons / km2

- The Railway:  There are 3 train stations within the town, which is on The Tadami Line, under JR East organization. 

- The Main Roads:  One National Road, #401 within the town is available, while "Banetsu Highways just pass by without any service station.  

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

- The Airport:  The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport in 90-min drive from the town  (about 98 km)



2. The Main Industry:


- Agriculture (Rice)



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



3-1  The Miyagawa's Thousand Sakura Trees :


- The thousand Sakura trees planted along with the Miyagawa River bank indeed show beautiful spring scenery.

- The scenery is so dynamic and gorgeous in the back of the mountains.  

- The best view timing is from the middle to the end of April.



3-2 The Iris Flower Garden :


- The flower festival at the garden is held from the middle of June to early of July every year.

- The scenery attracts visitors fresh atmospheres in early summer season.



3-3  The Otaue Festival :


- The Otaue Festivals are held at many locations in Japan to pray for rice harvest every year during summer since the ancient time.

- The one at Aizu-Misato town in Fukushima is held in July.



3-4  The Hoyoji Temple's Autumn Leave :


- The yellow-coloured leaves of Ginkgo trees decorate the temple and its garden beautifully in autumn season. 

- The best view timing is between the end of October and the early of November.



3-5  The Otawara Hiki (Pull-Out) :


- It is the annual festival to pull large-sized straw-rice bags in competition during winter season

- The normal festival timing is early Jan every year.



3-6  The Hot-Springs :


- Takada Onsen

- Niitsuru Onsen

- Aizu-Hongo Onsen

- Matsuzawa Onsen



< The Thousands Sakura Trees at Miyagawa River Banks in Spring >



< The Iris Flowers Garden in Early Summer >



< The Otaue Festival in Summer >



< The Large-Sized Rice Bag Pulling Competition in Winter >



< The Full-Blossoms of Yellow-Flowers at Aizu-Misato Town > 



< How to Get to Aizu-Misato Town in Fukushima >



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