What comes to mind when you hear "Fukushima?"
Fukushima is a dynamic area, containing so much diversity that you wouldn't believe it's just one prefecture. In this special feature, we will introduce the Fukushima you may be unfamiliar with from five different perspectives: the wonderful sightseeing destinations that you'll want to visit, the secrets of sake brewing in Fukushima, stories from foreign residents, the safety of the food, and the current state of the nuclear power plant.
Fukushima covers an area of 13,780 ㎢ and is the third largest prefecture in Japan. It has a population of over 1,800,000 and is approximately 200 km away from Tokyo.
There are three major regions in Fukushima, each with their own features. The western region is Aizu, a popular area for sightseeing with many historical places and stunning scenery. Heavy snowfall makes the area a popular destination for winter sports. Naka-dori is the area located in the center of the prefecture, known for its rich nature and for its fruit production--especially peaches. Naka-dori is where the most populated cities, such as Fukushima and Koriyama, are located.
The eastern, Pacific Ocean-facing region is called Hama-dori. The fishery industry is thriving here and marine sports are a popular pastime. "Fukushima" designates an extremely large area, with each region holding a distinct appeal and charm.
Fukushima has everything that visitors to Japan hope to experience: hot springs, castles, old townscapes, beautiful scenery, and fine cuisine. We introduce 10 things that everyone visiting Fukushima should enjoy in the area.
Fukushima Prefecture is famous in Japan for its sake production. In fact, this prefecture has won numerous gold awards for best sake in Japan for six consecutive years. Learn to appreciate sake at three local breweries: Kokken, Shike, and Watanabe.
Soma is a city in the northern Hama-dori region in Fukushima. The fishermen here catch high-quality seafood in abundance. Learn about the secrets behind the flavorful, delicious fish and the production process in Matsukawa-ura Bay.
Fukushima tourists increase every year, exceeding a total of 100,000 people per year in the past few years. There are also those that choose to live in Fukushima. Why did they choose to do so? We traveled to Fukushima to ask them ourselves.
What is happening at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station post-March 11, 2011? MATCHA traveled with two foreign residents to Fukushima to find answers about the site and its surrounding communities.