This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Pocket Travel 1

Exploring Fukushima with Mio


  1. Tsuruga Castle:
    Mio visited Tsuruga Castle, a symbol of samurai history in Aizu-Wakamatsu. She enjoyed exploring the castle and its museum. “The castle’s history is fascinating, and the view from the top is amazing,” she said.
  2. Ouchi-juku:
    Mio walked through the historic post town of Ouchi-juku, with its well-preserved thatched-roof houses. “It feels like stepping back in time,” she remarked.
  3. Aizu Sake Brewery:
    Mio toured a local sake brewery and tasted different kinds of sake. “The sake here is delicious, and learning about the brewing process was interesting,” she noted.

Fukushima City

  1. Hanamiyama Park:
    In spring, Mio visited Hanamiyama Park, famous for its stunning cherry blossoms and other flowers. “The park is like a sea of blossoms, absolutely beautiful,” she exclaimed.
  2. Mount Azuma-kofuji:
    Mio hiked up Mount Azuma-kofuji, a volcano with a beautiful crater. “The panoramic views from the top are worth the climb,” she said.
  3. Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art:
    Mio enjoyed the diverse art collection at the Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art. “The museum has a wonderful mix of local and international art,” she commented.


  1. Kitakata Ramen:
    In Kitakata, Mio tasted the famous Kitakata ramen, known for its soy sauce-based broth and thick, curly noodles. “The ramen here is so flavorful and comforting,” she said.
  2. Kitakata Warehouse District:
    Mio explored the historic warehouse district, with its distinctive kura (storehouses). “The architecture here is unique and charming,” she observed.
  3. Nicchu Line Bike Path:
    Mio biked along the Nicchu Line bike path, enjoying the scenic views of cherry blossoms in spring and colorful leaves in autumn. “It’s a peaceful and beautiful ride,” she noted.


  1. Spa Resort Hawaiians:
    Mio visited Spa Resort Hawaiians, a Hawaiian-themed resort with hot springs and water parks. “It’s a fun and relaxing place with a unique tropical vibe,” she said.
  2. Aquamarine Fukushima:
    At Aquamarine Fukushima, an aquarium focused on marine life in the region, Mio enjoyed learning about the diverse sea creatures. “The exhibits are fascinating and educational,” she remarked.
  3. Shiramizu Amidado:
    Mio visited Shiramizu Amidado, a beautiful historic temple surrounded by a serene garden. “The temple and its garden have a tranquil beauty,” she commented.

Oze National Park

  1. Ozegahara Marshland:
    Mio hiked through Ozegahara Marshland, famous for its stunning natural beauty and unique plant life. “The scenery here is breathtaking, especially in autumn,” she said.
  2. Ozenuma Pond:
    Mio enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere at Ozenuma Pond, a serene spot surrounded by nature. “It’s a perfect place to relax and enjoy the outdoors,” she noted.
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