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The Fukushima You Don't Know Yet


Fukushima TodayThe Fukushima You Don't Know Yet

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.

Captivating Fukushima

What would you like to experience in Japan?
Are you interested in samurai culture and castles, or Nihonshu, the most popular Japanese alcoholic beverage? How about local foods, like soba noodles and seafood? You can find all of this in Fukushima!
The iconic Tsuruga-jo Castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu is where you can see the Soma Nomaoi, a festival with a history of one thousand years. This impressive event features participants dressed in warrior attire on horses.
Fukushima has the fifth largest number of hot springs out of Japan's 47 prefectures. For Nihonshu production, Fukushima-made sake has been awarded gold medals in competitions for several years in a row. The prefecture is also renowned nationwide for the quality of its rice, seafood, and fruit. Come to Fukushima and you can see, eat and experience everything you want for your Japan trip.

The Great East Japan Earthquake and
the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake (the Great East Japan Earthquake) occurred along the Pacific shore of Northeastern Japan. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami, which took the lives of over 15,000 people and resulted in the disappearance of over 2,500 persons.
On top of this, an accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in northern Hama-dori resulted in a leak of radioactive substances. Even at present, in July 2018, approximately 45,000 people live in the evacuation zones. Although the decommissioning of the nuclear station will take several years, the local authorities and the residents are actively developing projects for the reconstruction of the region and for the future.


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