This route takes you to "Ouchi-juku" where you feel as if you time-traveled to Edo era and the beautiful nature that looks ever more attractive under the summer sun. Don't forget the dining experience at the riverside terrace that you can only have in summer.
To no Hetsuri
One of best scenic sites in the town with the long valley walls developed over a million years. The impressive landscape of a series of bizzare rocks is nothing short of the art piece the time has created. Cross the suspension bridge and go inside the valley wall to enjoy this magnificent view to the fullest.
"Ouchi-juku" - a post station preserving the streetscape of Edo era till today. Townhouses with thatched roofs stood next to each other along the "Shimotsuke Way", the route connecting Aizu and Nikko, and the town served as the posting station for feudal lords heading for Edo and other travelers. Over 30 houses of thatched roofs still remain, making the town a popular tourist destination with the traditional scenery of Japan unchanged from the good old days.
Ashinomaki Hot Spring
Ashinomaki Hot Spring is located on the hill overlooking the Okawa Valley of the seasonal charms. The legend says that "Saint Gyoki", the travelling elderly monk, discovered this hot spring a thousand and some hundered years ago. The name "Ashinomaki" is said to come from the history that this place used to be the "Maki of Ashina", the pasture for the military horses of Ashina family. Quite popular as the hot spring in the rich and calm nature.
Iris Park of Isasumi Shrine
This shrine with the long history is one of the most prestigeous shrines in Tohoku - of former Kokuheichusha and Myojintaisha classes, and was the chief shrine of former Iwashiro region. It is worshiped by a large number of people in and outside of Fukushima, on top of Aizu residents. The neighboring Iris Park has 100,000 irises of 150 species, and is the home of the lavish "Iris Festival" in mid-June to early July when all irises are in full bloom.
Nisshin-kan, Aizu Feudal Domain School
"Nisshin-kan" was founded in 1803 as the highest educational institution of the Aizu feudal domain for human resource development. Today, Nisshin-kan was reconstructed truthfully to the state of old days. You can see the magnificent edo-style architecture and how Edo-era students studied, and try out the Japanese chivalry requirements like Japanese archery and zazen. Coloring experience of the Aizu's own lucky charm of "Akabeko" is also fun.
Higashiyama Hot Spring (lunch at the riverside terrace)
The "riverside terrace", the dining area of the serene ambience with the water, light, wind and the night sky coming together, right by the limpid stream of Yukawa in Higashiyama Hot Spring. You will love the calming time amid the greenery with a clear stream right in front of you. You can hear the whisper of the water flowing underneath your seat. Savor this culinary experience you cannot have in your daily lives.