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Fukushima (prefecture)

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Fukushima (prefecture)

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Travel Warning WARNING: On 11th March 2011 the region was hit by an earthquake with an 9.0 magnitude followed by a tsunami and many aftershocks. Meltdowns have been confirmed in several reactors of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Locals living within a 20km radius of the Power Plant have already been evacuated, along with some outlying areas. Access to the evacuation zone is heavily restricted. There have been some concerns over higher levels of radiation detected in some towns not asked to evacuate by the Japanese government. While there has been much debate over the effects of low level radiation exposure to the locals, that danger is from prolonged exposure, so travellers passing through or visiting the region should not be unduly worried if they remain outside of the evacuation zone. Travellers should be aware, however, that aftershocks continue and train schedules may be disrupted.
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Fukushima prefecture (福島県 Fukushima-ken) is in the northeastern Tohoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.


Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan (13,782.54 km²), and one of its least densely populated. The prefecture is divided into three main regions: Aizu in the west, Naka dori in the centre and Hama dori in the east. Aizu is mountainous with snowy winters, while the climate in Hama dori is moderated by the Pacific Ocean.


  • Fukushima — The prefectural capital
  • Iwaki — City located in southern part of the Hamadōri coastal region
  • Aizu-Wakamatsu — a castle city located near the middle of the prefecture
  • Koriyama — the largest city in the prefecture
  • Shirakawa — the southernmost city in Fukushima
  • Sukagawa — famous for its Taimatsu Akashi (fire festival) and peony garden
  • Kitakata — a city close to Aizu-Wakamatsu which is famous for ramen and old warehouses
  • Tamura — known for Abukuma Caves.

Other destinations

  • Mount Bandai — Home to the Bandai-Asahi National Park and numerous snow and hot springs resorts
  • Lake Inawashiro — Japan's fourth largest lake
  • Oze National Park — the largest highland marshland on Japan's main island of Honshu.


Get in

By plane

Fukushima is served by Fukushima Airport, located near Sukagawa to the south of Koriyama. The airport is served by JAL and ANA, with domestic services to Osaka, Sapporo and Naha. There are also international services to Shanghai and Seoul.

By train

High speed rail access is provided by the Tohoku Shinkansen, which serves Shirakawa, Koriyama and Fukushima stations. The Tohoku Shinkansen links Fukushima with Tokyo in the south and the rest of Tohoku to the north. The Yamagata Shinkansen runs from Fukushima to various cities in Yamagata prefecture. Local train services include the Tohoku Main Line, which generally follows the route of the Tohoku Shinkansen; and the West Ban'etsu Line, linking Koriyama with Niigata via the ski resorts of Inawashiro and Aizuwakamatsu.

By bus

123bus [1] is a company which provides daily night time bus services between Tokyo and Fukushima. With an online booking service in English.

Get around




In Fukushima, everyone knows “Mama doll”. Mama doll is a sweet which has white anko (milk flavor and chocolate flavor) inside it like an omanjuu. This name means “People who drink mothers’ milk” in Spanish (the Spanish original is "mamador"). Mama doll is sometimes shown on the TV. Many people who visit Fukushima buy it as a souvenir.


Get out

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