Fukushima Today

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!

About Fukushima

Fukushima is a very large prefecture 200 kilometers north of Tokyo. The prefecture is filled with culture, castles, the great outdoors, and hot springs. Visitors can also enjoy Japanese sake, fruit, delicious seafood, and much more in Fukushima without being far from Tokyo.

The third largest prefecture in Japan, Fukushima is divided into three broad areas:

An inland area with remaining samurai history. The region is also great for winter sports.
Known for its delicious peaches, grapes, and other fruits. Major cities are here.
The coastal area where you can enjoy exquisite seafood!


Support Fukushima's Communities by Enjoying Local Delicacies

A decade has now passed since the devastation brought by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011. To witness Fukushima's restoration efforts today, we visited the towns of Iwaki, Soma, and Namie along the Pacific Coast and checked out their food culture.

A Fukushima Journey To Find Exquisite Pairings Of Cuisine And Liquor

Refined cuisine made by an experienced chef with quality ingredients produced locally. Combine it with fine liquor, and the "terroage," an exquisite, surprising pairing will result! We introduce the work of a highly acclaimed chef based in Inawashiro, Fukushima, and his amazing terroage pairings.

Sweet And Flavorful! Try Fukushima Vegetables Grown With Natural Farming

Flavorful, naturally-cultivated vegetables from farms in Iwaki, Fukushima, surprise all with their deliciousness. Learn the secret behind this high-quality produce, as well as the story of an izakaya where you can try them in local Japanese dishes.

Unforgettably Delicious! The Best Fish From Fukushima

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.

Try Award-Winning Sake In Fukushima! Visit The Kingdom Of Quality Sake

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.


Enjoy The Mysteries Of Nature! Explore Abukuma Cave In Fukushima

Abukuma Cave, a large limestone cave in Fukushima, was naturally formed over 80 million years ago. Enjoy various types of stalactite hanging like icicles as you venture through here. Learn more about this unique destination that receives so many international visitors drawn to its fantastic beauty.

Tamura, Fukushima: Adventure Outdoors In Rural Japan

Japan's countryside offers natural beauty and many things not found in crowded cities. Tamura City in Fukushima Prefecture is one such place. Explore highlight attractions like Abukuma Cave, the nature park, Mushi Mushi Land, and stunning seasonal sceneries.

Travel Itineraries

Great Scenery And Cuisine! 2-Day Fukushima Travel By Train Or Rental Car

Fukushima offers rustic streetscapes, snowy scenery, and tasty Japanese cuisine and sake. It can be reached in about two hours from Tokyo. We introduce two-day sample itineraries to fully enjoy amazing places and cuisine in Fukushima traveling by train or rental car.

All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In Fukushima

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.

Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima: A Two-Day Winter Trip Of Food, History, And Cats

Aizu-Wakamatsu is a beautiful castle town in Fukushima. From Tsuruga Castle to a feline station master, there is so much to see in this history-packed destination! Visitors can also admire the stunning seasonal scenery in winter.

Fukushima, Up-Close: 2-Day Tour Through Disaster And Recovery

Fukushima's Pacific Coast Hamadori area is known for the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown of March 2011. The area is now partially visitable for travelers as of 2020. Take a tour and meet Fukushima locals, see post-disaster towns, and learn about prevention disaster for the future.

Learn About Fukushima Today

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.
Although it will take a long time for the nuclear power plants to be decommissioned, daily life, business, and tourism in the area is recovering. Evacuation orders nearby are being lifted and the JR Joban Line will be running.

Source: Created by MATCHA based on the "For the Eradication of Negative Rumours (April 2018)," a report by the Reconstruction Agency

Pop Up Fukushima: Taiwanese Residents Support Local Rebuilding Efforts

The tenth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake is on March 11, 2021. What is the situation in Fukushima? At the end of 2020, five Taiwanese visitors embarked on a trip there. This article shares what they saw and experienced during their visit.

Why We Live In Fukushima: Interviews With International Residents

Fukushima tourists increase every year and have recently exceeded 100,000 people annually. There are also international residents who choose to live in Fukushima. Why did they decide to do so? We traveled to Fukushima to ask them ourselves.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station - 5 Things We Learned

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.