Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall
The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall (μϋp’LOΩ, Noguchi Hideyo Kinenkan) is dedicated to Noguchi Hideyo, who had made significant contributions in his research towards a vaccine for yellow fever. Noguchi has also been credited with the discovery of the agent that causes syphilis, in 1911. He had humble beginnings at Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture, close to the city of Aizu-Wakamatsu, but developed into a respected doctor nominated for the nobel prize.
Many people are probably more familiar with Noguchi Hideyo as the man whose picture is printed on the 1000 yen bill. There is a robot replica of him in the memorial hall, which will come to life when visitors approach, and engage in a friendly conversation with them.
The memorial hall depicts the life story of Noguchi and exhibits belongings left behind by him and his family. It shares the values that Noguchi had for life, including the trait of perseverance and a legacy that is hoped to positively inspire future generations. Visitors can enter the house where Noguchi was born and experience the environment of a typical Japanese house in Fukushima Prefecture of the Meiji Period.
Getting there and around
The memorial hall is a ten minute bus ride from JR Inawashiro Station (300 yen, one bus per hour). Take a bus bound for Aizu Recreation Park and Enichiji Temple (οΓNG[VφEdϊ) and alight at the Hideo Noguchi Memorial Hall bus stop (μϋp’LOΩ).
Inawashiro Station can be reached via the JR Banetsu-sai Line from Aizu-Wakamatsu (30 minutes, 510 yen, hourly trains) or Koriyama (40 minutes, 680 yen, hourly trains).
Hours and Fees
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time
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Hotels around Aizu
TagotoTagoto features a hot public bath, Japanese-style and Western rooms and Japanese cuisine, a 5-minute drive from Aizu Wakamatsu Station. It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the propert and free parking is on-site. Japanese-style rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor and traditional futon bedding, while Western rooms come with beds and an en suite bathroom. All rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with an LCD TV and a fridge. The restaurant offers local specialities, including the regionfs signature meppameshi rice dish and an Aizu Kaiseki multi-course dinner. Tagoto is a 7-minute drive from Tsuruga Castle and a 10-minute drive from Mount Iimori. The Noguchi Hideyo Memorial Museum is a 30-minute drive.View on Booking.com
Kutsurogijuku ChiyotakiBoasting hot spring baths with mountain views, Kutsurogijyuku Chiyotaki is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Aizuwakamatsu Station. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and unwind in a private hot spring bath with views that was open in July 2017. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. All guest rooms have a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle. Slippers and a hairdryer are provided for guest's comfort. An on-site restaurant offers Japanese local cuisine and sake. There is a Japanese sake bar available on site from the evenings. You will find a shared lounge fitted with various books and complimentary tee and coffee. Guests can unwind in an open-air hot spring baths with mountain views on the top floor, and they can enjoy free access to hot spring baths at the sister property in the vicinity. Aizu Higashiyama Onsen is 100 metres from Kutsurogijyuku Chiyotaki, while Mount Iimori is 2.8 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Kutsurogijyuku ShintakiFeaturing 4 hot spring baths with free flowing spring water, Kutsurogijyuku Shintaki offers accommodation located a 15-minute bus ride from JR Aizuwakamatsu Station. Free WiFi and a restaurant are featured on site. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and an electric kettle. Slippers and a hairdryer are provided in guest rooms. All guest rooms are non-smoking, while there is a designated smoking area on each guest floor. There is room service at the property. Local cuisine and various local rice wine can be sampled at the on-site restaurant. A shared lounge has books and complimentary tea and coffee for guests' comfort. You can play table tennis at the ryokan free of charge. Guests have an free access to a hot spring bath of a sister property nearby. Aizu Higashiyama Onsen is 100 metres from Kutsurogijyuku Shintaki, while Mount Iimori is 3 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Onyado TohoSet in Aizuwakamatsu, 500 metres from Aizu Higashiyama Onsen, Onyado Toho features free WiFi access and free private parking. Free shuttle service is available from Aizuwakamatsu Station to the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis. You will find a kettle in the room. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. You will find shops at the property. Mount Iimori is 2.4 km from Onyado Toho, while Aizuwakamatsu Castle is 2.6 km away.View on Booking.com
Shosuke-no-Yado TakinoyuSet in Aizuwakamatsu and with Mount Iimori reachable within 3.4 km, Shosuke-no-Yado Takinoyu offers concierge services, non-smoking rooms, free bikes, free WiFi and a garden. Each accommodation at the 4-star ryokan has mountain views, and guests can enjoy access to a children's playground. The property features a hot spring bath, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. A seating area is included in the units, while certain rooms will provide you with a DVD player. At Shosuke-no-Yado Takinoyu every room includes bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. At Shosuke-no-Yado Takinoyu you will find a restaurant serving Japanese and local cuisine. A vegetarian option can also be requested. Aizuwakamatsu Station is 4.6 km from the ryokan, while Kitakata Station is 25 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 73 km from Shosuke-no-Yado Takinoyu.View on Booking.com
Hotel Route-Inn AizuwakamatsuOnly a 5-minute drive from JR Aizuwakamatsu Train Station, Hotel Route-Inn Aizuwakamatsu features simple modern accommodations and a free-breakfast for all guests. Free wired internet is available in all rooms and you can refresh in the spacious public baths. Contemporary rooms are furnished with amenities from a flat-screen TV and a fridge, to nightwear and toiletries. An air humidifier and an extra pillow are available on request. Laptops can be rented at the front desk and a coin-operated launderette is on-site. Guests can relax in the massage chairs and use the free-use computers. The free breakfast buffet is available from 06:45-09:00 at the dining area. Hana-Hana-Tei serves Japanese favourites and sake from 18:00-22:00 (last order at 21:30, closed Sundays). Aizuwakamatsu Route-Inn Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Tsururga Castle and a 30-minute drive from Lake Inawashiro. Sazaedo is a 5-minute drive away.View on Booking.com
Aizuwakamatsu Washington HotelA 5-minute walk from JR Aizuwakamatsu Train Station, Aizuwakamatsu Washington Hotel offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Massages can be requested for an extra cost and guests can enjoy refreshments at the hotelfs cafe. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen satellite TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes and toothbrush sets are provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Luggage storage is provided at the front desk. Free parking is available and photocopying services are provided for an extra cost. Washington Hotel Aizuwakamatsu is a 10-minute drive from Tsuruga Castle and a 5-minute drive from Sazaedo Shrine. The foot of Mount Iimori is a 25-minute walk away.View on Booking.com
Higashiyama Park Hotel ShinfugetsuSituated in Aizuwakamatsu, within 3.5 km of Mount Iimori and 4.7 km of Aizuwakamatsu Station, Higashiyama Park Hotel Shinfugetsu features accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 3-star ryokan offers luggage storage space. The accommodation offers a sauna, karaoke and a 24-hour front desk. The rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a TV. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the ryokan. Higashiyama Park Hotel Shinfugetsu offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. You can play table tennis at this 3-star ryokan. Kitakata Station is 25 km from the accommodation, while Ouchi-juku is 32 km from the property. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 73 km from Higashiyama Park Hotel Shinfugetsu.View on Booking.com
Niko RyokanFeaturing 2-star accommodation, Niko Ryokan is located in Aizuwakamatsu, 3.8 km from Mount Iimori and 5 km from Aizuwakamatsu Station. With a shared lounge, the 2-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The ryokan features a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan each room has a desk and a TV. An Asian breakfast is available daily at Niko Ryokan. Kitakata Station is 26 km from the accommodation, while Ouchi-juku is 32 km away. The nearest airport is Fukushima Airport, 74 km from Niko Ryokan.View on Booking.com