Aizu-Wakamatsu (ë´ĺ├ÄßĆ╝) 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.