Aizu-Wakamatsu (Îᏼ) is a castle town in the interior of Fukushima Prefecture which is known for its award-winning sake and its samurai tradition. Towards the end of Japan's feudal era, the Aizu clan remained loyal to the shogun even after the feudal leader was removed from power in the Meiji Restoration. As a result, the town became a battle ground of the Boshin War in 1868.

Aizu-Wakamatsu is surrounded by mountains of which Mount Bandai is the regional landmark. Many hiking and skiing opportunities and scenic beauty can be enjoyed in the city's natural surroundings. The Aizu region escaped heavy contamination from the nuclear accident in 2011, and radiation levels have returned to pre-accident levels.

Top attractions in Aizu

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Historic Site

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.
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Castle

Tsuruga Castle

Modern reconstruction of the original castle.
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Historic Site

Iimoriyama

Site of suicide by a group of young soldiers.
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Garden

Oyakuen Garden

Traditional Japanese landscape garden.
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Temple

Enzoji Temple

Birthplace of the akabeko red cow souvenir.
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