We were thinking of doing a day trip to Fukushima region by train. Any suggestions on what we should see would be appreciated!
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Mt Bandai and Lake Inawashiro, Aizu Wakamatsu City including Dr.Noguchi's birthplace, and Kitakata Ramen town nearby, Nihonmatsu town and artist Chieko's birthplace (old house museum), the nostalgic Iizaka Onsen town, the railway link through Oku-Nikko area from Kinugawa Onsen town to Aizu Wakamatsu City are nice to explore.
Fukushima Prefecture is one of my favorite prefectures in the Tohoku Region, before and after the Fukushima Daiichi NPP accident. You cannot enter the evacuated areas for photoshots, because they are barricaded, unlike Bobik2014 suggests.
But Fukushima Prefecture isn't all about that accident, although it was a tragic accident that forced villagers surrounding the plant to evacuate. Areas apart from the NPP are safe to travel, and contradicting wild rumors prolifereated by self-styled environmentalists, there is so far no sign of rise of disease related to the radiation spill. The general consensus of health authorities including WHO remain positive. According to WHO, for the surrounding residents who had to evacuate the acual health effect resulting from radiation is predicted to be insignificant to result in measurable increase in cancer, even in the worst-case scenario.
For tourist vistors coming to Fukushima Prefecture, there is no health risk to mention, unless you decide to pick some wild mushrooms around the plant, or swim in the fuel pool.Edited: January 08, 2014, 8:55 am
I think better to night, if possible is the good you.
I went in December 2011.
I recommend especially Ouchi juku and Aizu-Wakamatsu.
Takato soba(buckwheat)of Ouchi juku and Nanukamachi and Tsuruga-jo of Aizu-Wakamatsu is recommended .
Ramen is also famous Kitakata, there is a Kura(warehouse).
Higashiyama Onsen in Aizu-Wakamatsu.
There is Yunokami onsen near the Ouchi juku.
When it was winter in the other, I recommend it ski in Inawashiro.
Such as Grandeco and Alts Bandai.
Train There is a daily service to the Asakusa or Nikko from Aizu-Wakamatsu.
Some three per day and direct train from Kinugawa Onsen Aizu-Wakamatsu.
Aizu Wakamatsu (AW) city is notable for a few things:
1. It is the closest area to Tokyo that will have snow on the ground in Jan-Feb. Nikko is a bit south and hit-or-miss. From AW north you will have snow (along central Honshu). Also AW isn't that long a train ride from Tokyo via Shinkansen
2. There are quite a few historical things to see in the town and in the area:
Not mentioned in this thread is Bandai Kogen. It has a short hiking train with beautiful autumn foilage during fall, which passes by several ponds of green/blue water. I once took a bus tour from the trail end of Bandai Kogen to Koriyama, which passed through several areas of spectacular koyo. One of the rest stops for the bus was next to a volcano as it went over a mountain pass. Could not find a link for this.
I do not know because not to go by train, but the person who went by Shinkansen might be close to Ouchi juku maybe.
Please try to search here.
It may not sleep much, night bus also has come out from Shinjuku.
I hope you are not a rubber necker. The displaced people are still struggling.