Destinations

Where to experience Fukushima’s legendary samurai history

Sponsored by Aizu Dream Development

In Japan, legendary samurai once walked the streets, swords at their hips, as recently as 150 years ago.

They disappeared into the annals of history, but the samurai remains a constant source of fascination and inspiration for travellers visiting Japan, eager to learn of their history, exploits and creed.

One of the best places in Japan to get a taste of samurai history is Fukushima Prefecture’s Aizu region.

Aizu was the last region of resistance to Japan’s modern revolution during the Boshin War – the end of which triggered the Meiji Restoration and the modernisation of the country – which is thought to have partly inspired the The Last Samurai (2003), a film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe.

The history of this civil war can be experienced at some of the region’s best known attractions.

Iimori Hill

The grave site of the famous samurai unit, the White Tiger Force, can be found on Iimori Hill (iStock.com/coward_lion)

Among these is Iimori Hill, a legendary mountain said to be where a group of teenagers known as the Byakkotai (‘White Tiger Force’) achieved true samurai status by committing sepukku, after observing what they thought was the sight of their home, Tsuruga-jō castle, burning.

Travellers can see Tsuruga-jō castle from Iimori Hill, which was rebuilt after the Boshin War, and discover its many exhibits, including suits of armour and swords, and other items detailing the history and lifestyles of the people of Aizu.

(iStock.com/coward_lion)

Chances are you’ll even see guides dressed in traditional samurai armour near the main tower of Tsuruga-jō – each keen to have a happy snap with travellers.

For everything you need to know about Fukushima, including agent advice, and destination and experience guidance, speak to the experts at Aizu Dream Development, a Japan-based travel agency specialising in travel to the Tohoku region and East Japan.

Fukushima: Back on the hot list

For return visitors to Japan, one of the best regions to explore in 2020 is Fukushima Prefecture, a destination returned to multiple travel hot lists, thanks to the prefecture’s plenitude of wonderful natural, wellness and foodie experiences.

The region remains one of the best places in Japan to visit for an onsen experience, with the mesmerising onsen region known as Inawashiro (also known as Nakanosawa Onsen) home to the amazing Numajiri Kogen, a lodge founded by Junko Tabei – the first woman in the world to scale Mount Everest – situated near some of Aizu’s best snow regions.

Numajiri Kogen, Lodge, Inawishiro town (Aizu Dream Development)

Additionally, Fukushima Prefecture will also return to travel watch lists, this year, as the city plays host to the world’s biggest event – the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics – with sports played at the J-Village football stadium and Azuma baseball stadium in Fukushima City.

For more information on travelling to Fukushima, speak to the experts at Aizu Dream Development.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

Aussie is appointed as CEO of The Travel Concierge Sri Lanka

The new appointment could see quite a few more Aussies paying a visit to Sri Lanka once the pandemic is well and truly over.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Bonza announce key new hires in preparation for lift-off

The new hires seem fit and ready to go. Unfortunately they declined my job application which was a video of me playing flight simulator.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

FAA hands out fines worth over $US160,000 for alcohol-related unruliness

Rowdy passengers are footing the bill as they take “screaming drunk” to new heights.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA reach out for further government support in the face of Omicron

AFTA hopes a “grassroots activation” will get them on the “same field” as Government.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism

Northern Territory announces quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated Australians

Christmas has come early for those dreaming of a tropical summer escape!

Share

CommentComments

News

Tourism

Australia’s international border opening paused amid Omicron variant concerns

Border pause looks to be temporary as Hunt claims the Omicron variant is ‘manageable’.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor wins naming rights for iconic Aussie stadium

You know what they say; ain’t no champagne party like an Accor champagne party! Or is that S Club 7? We seem to confuse the two a lot lately.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Topdeck unleashes 2022/23 range with revamped travel styles, extra flexibility and new trips

by Sponsored by Topdeck

The youth travel gurus just made it about 1,000 times easier to match your client to their perfect trip, alongside COVID-proof booking terms and a mandatory vax policy. What more could you want?!

Share

CommentComments

Events

Silversea treats trade partners to early Christmas frivolity

The luxe line recently treated agents to a special night at the museum! However, we are yet to confirm whether or not any of the exhibits came to life.

Share

CommentComments

Breaking News

Tourism

Omicron variant reaches Australia, Hunt Says Australia Ready

Here’s what you need to know.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Cupitt’s Estate snags gold at the 2021 Independent Beer Awards

The team at Cupitt’s Estate won three medals at Australia’s Independent Beer Awards (The Indies) including a gold. The NSW […]

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Tourism

Qantas introduces new green tier program

Apparently the initiative is not so top tier! It’s not easy being green.

Share

CommentComments