Fukushima (福島) is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture in Honshu, Japan in the Fukushima Basin and its surrounding parts. Fukushima prefecture is the third biggest prefecture in Japan (13,782.54 km²). Known for it's fruit production, Fukushima is particularly proud of their peaches, but pears and apples and persimmons are also grown. Fukushima is called peach city, because it produces the most peaches in Japan.
WARNING Fukushima was hit by high magnitude earthquake in spring 2011. Local nuclear plant was damaged in the quake and an evacuation zone was established. Fukushima city is well outside the evacuation zone. Elevated radiation levels have been detected (though still quite low), and while debate rages on about the long-term effects of these levels, a short stay in Fukushima is not likely to do you any harm.
It is a 40-minute bus ride from Fukushima Airport to Koriyama station (¥800), from which you will then have to travel to Fukushima station by Shinkansen (¥2920, 15 minutes) or local train (¥820, 45 minutes). It may be a bit more convenient to arrive in Tokyo and take the Shinkansen from there.
Fukushima is a stop on the Tohoku Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Sendai, and is also served by the JR Tohoku and Yamagata lines. The Yamagata Shinkansen branches off here, traveling over conventional lines to Yamagata and Shinjo.
The travel time from Tokyo to Fukushima by Shinkansen is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, with 2 to 4 departures every hour at a cost of ¥8500 each way (non-reserved seats).
JR Bus' Abukuma makes five daily round-trips to Fukushima from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo (5 hours, ¥4800). At night, JR Bus runs the Dream Fukushima from Tokyo and Yokohama stations (6 hours from Tokyo, ¥4800). Tohoku Bus' overnight bus, called the Suite, is cheaper at ¥4500 but arrives earlier in the morning.
Kintetsu Bus and Fukushima Kotsu's Galaxy bus runs overnight to Fukushima from Kyoto (11 hours, ¥12130) and Osaka (12 hours, ¥12740).
Willer Express offers bus service to Fukushima from Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, with online bookings available in English. Willer Express' prices vary by the day you are traveling and the class of bus. Willer Express offers "Standard" (similar to Sakura's offering), and "Relax" (slightly larger seats with more leg room, a blanket, and a dome looking thing to keep the light from your eyes).
Five Colored Lakes (五色沼). These lakes are a beautiful attraction visited by many sightseers. The lakes were formed after Mount Bandai (磐梯山) erupted in the 1800's. The minerals from the eruption give each lake a different color.edit
Iwaya-Kannon (岩谷観音). Iwaya-Kannon has sixty Buddhas carved into the rock face of Mount Shinobu (信夫山) and offers a decent place to take a look down at the city.edit
Hanamiyama Park (花見山). This park is the place to go in spring for cherry blossom viewing. It is quickly becoming a place famous throughout Japan, be prepared for crowds. You can take a short trail up a hill and see some amazing panoramas as well as enjoy walking underneath gorgeous light-pink canopies. There are regular buses leaving for Hanamiyama from the train station. Ask the people at the tourist office for more details.edit
Fukushima Small Bird Sanctuary (福島小鳥園). It's a steep walk up a small mountain. The trails at the top are short and quiet. It is very peaceful but not so special.edit
Prefectural Art Museum, . Small museum mostly with local art, though it does have some national and internal exhibits as well.edit
Fukushima Racetrack. If you feel like betting on horses then this is the place to go in Fukushima. Live races only happen during certain times of the year, but video races are available year-round.Entry costs ¥100, plus whatever you bet when inside.. edit
Mana's Rasoi has great authentic Indian food and excellent service. There are two in Fukushima. Shinmachi 3-20 Shinmachi first floor of Building No. 8 Longevity Culture. Hours 11:00-15:00 (Last Order 14:30), 17:00-23:00 (Last Order 20:00), closed on Tuesday.
Kitakata ramen(chinese noodle)
Sake and Soba noodles Famous in the Aize region (maybe).
Peaches Fukushima city is famous for the peach and produces a large amount of delicious peaches every summer, try one.
Kitakata Ramen Burger. A ramen-flavored burgers. The buns are made from Kitakata's "Yukichikara" flour and filled with ingredients used for making ramen. The char siu (Chinese-style barbecued pork) filling is made from Hayama Kogen Ton brand pork, raised in Fukushima's Hayama Highland. edit
There are lots of izakayas and beer gardens in Fukushima. Passeo Dori and the roads branching from it are where most of the best places are found. Two examples are Yatta Iwamora and Jyuhachiban (十八番).
Namazu-tei (なまず停). This bar, also known as "Catfish", is a cozy blues bar which has live music most weekends. The house band, "Blues Cruiser", has a cheap cover charge, and also a fantastic harmonica player. Namazu sometimes has a DJ playing, with more of a focus on bossanova and jazz. Johnny the barman speaks passable English, and knows pretty well all there is to know about the Blues, having in his past run "Gangster," a major blues venue in Tokyo.Door charge ¥400-4000, depending on the performer. edit
Neo. Neo is the other club in Fukushima. A smaller smokey room with decent music and young clienteleDoor charge ¥2000, ¥500 per drink. edit