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

January 15, 2017

The towns named with "Aizu" in Fukushima prefecture are counted total 5 places, including "Aizu-Wakamatsu" city, "Aizu-Bange" town, "Aizu-Misato" town, "Minami-Aizu" town and then "Nishi-Aizu" town.  



Among five "Aizu", the Nishi-Aizu town is located in the most west side of Fukushima prefecture, closer to the border of Niigata prefecture.   The Nishi-Aizu town is deeply surrounded by abundant natures on highlands.  At the mountain valleys, the clean water resources are available along with the River Agano.



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


- The Total Area:  298.18 km2

- The Population: 6,414 persons (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  21.5 persons / km2

- The Railway:  There are 4 JR train stations on JR Ban-etsu-sai Line within the town.

- The Main Roads:  Three National Roads, #49, #400, #459, are networked in the town.

- The Bus:  There is a highway bus service under Aizu Bus Company, and a locally-run bus network within the town is in service now. 

- The Airport:  The nearest domestic airport is Fukushima airport, away from the town in 110km (100-min drive).  




2. The Main Industry:


- Agricultures

- Forestry




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



3-1  The Nature's World :


- The Asahi-Bandai National Park

- The Iide Mountain Ranges  (2,105m high)

- The River Aga



3-2  The Cherry-Blossoms Spots :


- The Henshoji Temple

- The Uenojiri Power Station



3-3  The Autumn-Leaves Spots :


- The Iide Mountain Ranges

- The Choshi no Kuchi



3-4  The Historical Sites :


- The Torioi Shrine

- The Oyamazumi Shrine

- The Nyohoji Temple



3-5  The Local Specialities :


- Aizu Ramen

- Nameko (Japanese Mushroom)

- "Fu" (Wheat Bran)


- Japanese Paulownia-Wooden-Made Sandal 

- Japanese "Paper-Made" Ornament



3-6  The Hot-Spring Bath / Japanese Onsen :


- Lotus-Inn, Nishi-Aizu Town's Health Centre

- Several Japanese Ryokans and Min-Paku within the town




< The Iide Mountain Ranges in Spring >




< The Iide Mountain Ranges in Winter >




< The Steam Locomotive in the back of Cherry-Blossoms in Spring >




< The Steam Locomotive at Uenojiri Power Station in Spring >




< The Choshi no Kuchi in Autumn Season >





< The Colourful Forest in Autumn Season >





< The Lotus-Inn Health Centre >




< The Aizu-Ramen at Echigoya Ramen Shop in Nishi-Aizu Town >




< The Japanese Wild Mushroom - "Nameko" >




< The Japanese Paper-Made Ornament - "Hariko" >




< The "Kiri-Tree" (Paulownia) Wooden Sandals & Trays >




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



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