You would not want to miss this route to visit "Shingukumanojinja Shrine" with the gorgeous golden carpet of foliage in this season and the famous site for fall foliage, "Enzoji Temple", in this beautiful time of the year.
Nagatoko of Shingukumanojinja Shrine
Nagatoko was built as the front shrine of Shingukumanojinja Shrine and is supported by 44 big columns standing at regular intervals in five rows with no walls nor door - a hollow structure. An 800-yr.-old huge gingko tree stands in the property, and the golden leaves cover the ground in the fall foliage time, resembling the mesmerizingly gorgeous golden carpet.
Storehouse town of Kitakata
Storehouses of Kitakata have not been built for the tourism but are the real life partners where people live and use even today. There are more than 4,000 storehouses in/near Kitakata, not only along the major streets but also at the back alley as well as the outskirt villages.
Atsushio Hot Spring
This hot spring has a long history and is believed to be discovered some 600 years ago. Today, 64-72 Centigrade hot water wells out in the property of the old Zen-school temple of Jigenji. The water is very hot and hypersaline that a human body can float, as the name suggests. It is also known for its irori cuisine in the rustic ambience.
Enzoji Temple of Yanaizu
An ancient temple on the cliff by Tadami River, overlooing the Yanaizu Hot Spring. It enshrines one of the three greatest Ākāśagarbha statues in Japan, alongside Daiman Ākāśagarbha of Tokai Village, Igaraki and Noman Ākāśagarbha of Amatsukominato-machi, Chiba. Also known for its breathtaking cherry blossoms and the fall foliage, the beauty of this temple against the courtly pace of Tadami River and the seasonal charm of cherry blossoms and fall foliage delights the worshippers as well as tourists.
It was believed to be founded around 1200 years ago. According to the legend, Saint Kukai was awarded a sacred wood by a high priest of Tang Dynasty. After he returned to Japan, he split the wood into three pieces and threw into the sea. The three pieces were washed up onto the shores of the present-day Tokai Village, Ibaraki (Daiman Ākāśagarbha), Amatsukominato-machi, Chiba (Noman Ākāśagarbha) and here in Yanaizu. When Saint Kukai learned the news, he sculptored the Yanaizu Ākāśagarbha statue, a.k.a. "Fukuman Ākāśagarbha statue", now enshrined in this temple. Given that, the renowned monk, High Priest Tokuitsu, founded Enzoji Temple at the present location in 807.
This mountain is the home of many historic sites, including the graves of 19 warriors of Byakkotai whose tale has been passed down as the tragedy at the Boshin War, the national designated important cultural asset of Aizu Sazae Pagoda, and Tayu Cherry - the natural monument designated by the city. From the peak, you can have the undisturbed view of Aizuwakamatsu City.
Takino (Wappameshi lunch)
A restaurant in the relocated/renovated old prestigeous inn of Itozawa Jin'ya that had been used for feudal clans' alternate trips. Its main pillar was scared in the Boshin War, and the prominent beams and the large irori fireplace remind the diners of the old days. Enjoy their signature wappameshi and local cuisine in the grand ambience.