Iwaki (いわき) is a city in southeastern Fukushima Prefecture along the Pacific coast, about 50 kilometers south of the stricken nuclear plant. The city suffered damage from both the earthquake and tsunami, but most tourist attractions reopened within a year of the earthquake.

Coal mining was Iwaki's main industry from the 1870s to the 1960s, as commemorated by the Iwaki Coal and Fossil Museum. When oil took over as the predominant energy source in Japan, coal mines started closing, and the city turned towards tourism for new sources of income. In 1966, a new water park resort with a Hawaiian theme was built in the hot spring resort of Yumoto Onsen. Now known as the Spa Resort Hawaiians, it remains Iwaki's most famous tourist attraction today.

Top attractions in Iwaki

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Zoo/Wildlife

Aquamarine

Outstanding aquarium with local and exotic fish.
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Nature

Abukumado

Impressive limestone cave open to the public.
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Museum

Coal Museum

Commemorating Iwaki's coal mining history.
3.0 / 5
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Historic Site

Rokkakudo Hall

Hexagonal hall standing right at the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
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Temple

Shiramizu Amidado

Beautiful temple hall standing in the remains of a paradise garden.
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Viewpoint/Tower

Shioyasaki Lighthouse

Pretty lighthouse on top of a steep hill overlooking the ocean.
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Access and Orientation

Page last updated: March 22, 2018