This route takes you to "Maezawa Magariya Village", the settlement believed to be developed by Aizu samurais in the Middle Age, and "Tsurugajo Castle" that withstood the fierce fight of the Boshin War at the end of Edo era to feel the history of Aizu. You can also enjoy the flowery scenery you can only see in spring.
Maezawa Magariya Village
Residents in Maezawa district used to take care of horses as carefullly as of human beings, and "Magariya" is the architectural style to live with horses reflecting such tradition. Many "Magariya" still stand next to each other today. The village also houses the park and the museum. This area was selected as the important preservation district of historic buildings by the national government.
Maiden lily in Takashimizu Park
Maiden lily - the rare alpine plant growing naturally only around the Iide Mountain Range where three prefectures of Fukushima, Yamagata and Niigata meet, Mt. Azuma and Mt. Sumon as well as the southern part of Miyagi. Takashimizu Natural Park in Minamiaizu-machi is known as the colony of this precious plant, and the pale pink flowers completely cover the ground at its full bloom.
Yunokami Hot Spring
Discovered in Nara era, this hot spring is called "Field of Hot Water" and housed many bathhouses - "Anraku-yu", "Hako-yu", "Funa-yu", "Saru-yu" and "Tate-yu" to name a few -using the hot water welling in between rocks in the Okawa Valley. Alkaline simple hot spring in nature, it eases the neuralgia, muscle pain,and chronic enteropathy. It is also high in negative ion content, and will warm you up to the core of you body!
Field mustard land in Yagisawa
More than seven acres of abandoned farm land over the hilly part of Yagisawa district in Aizumisato-machi has been turned into the vast land of field mustard. Looking up from the bottom of the hill, it looks just like a gorgeous yellow carpet. You can also enjoy the view of Mt. Bandai from the top.
Cherry blossoms in Tsurugajo Park
Tsurugajo Castle is the only red-roofed castle in Japan. With around 1,000 Prunus yedoensis blooming in sprng, it is named as one of the "100 places with beautiful cherry bloosoms". The cherry trees are iluminated during the night from early April to early May, so you can also enjoy the night view. The over 400-yr.-old moat and mounds still remain, and the entire castle has been designated as the national historic site.
Under the feudal clan reign, the most prominent roads of the Five Ways of Aizu - Nikko, Echigo and Yonezawa Ways - went through Nanuka-machi and the town prospered as the west entrance to the castle town, crowded with many wholesalers, inns and restaurants. These roads continued to prosper as the major routes after Meiji era, and Nanuka-machi was the busiest town in Aizu until mid-1960's. Now it is a popular tourist destination with the street of retrospective ambience of Taisho era.