Here are the collected results of questionnaire from 506 readers of this website. Check them out when you are planning to go out!
Question: “Where do you recommend to visit in Koriyama area?”
Top 1 to 20 ※Listed by votes order.
1. Kaiseizan Daijingu [Great Shrine], Kaiseizan Park (Includes Rose garden and Isuzu Lake)
Kaiseizan Daijingu is located along the west side of Route 49, which is called “Ise Shrine of Tohoku area”. Kaisenza Park lies along the east side. Very famous as a cherry blossom spot in spring.
2. Big-i (Space Park Planetarium)
The highest building in Fukushima with 24 floors above ground and 1 floor below ground, whose height is about 133 meters. “Koriyama City Fureai Science Museum (a.k.a. Space Park)” located from 20th to 24th floor, has a Guinness record of world’s highest planetarium.
Observatory lobby. Able to look around all the city of Koriyama. Breathtaking!
3. Inawashiro Area
(Inawashiro Lake, Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls, Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall, Swans, Shibuki Gori [frozen splash], and others)
Inawashiro Lake is the 4th biggest lake in Japan. One of the icons in Fukushima, called also “Tenkyouko”. Surrounded by rich nature that shows kaleidoscopic changes, and many tourist attractions such as Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall, it is a popular place for leisure and sightseeing all year around.
Sunset view at Inawashiro Lake. So scenic!
Shibuki Gori [frozen splash]
Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls
Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall
4. Onsen Facilities and Foot Bath Spots in Koroyama City (Includes Bandai Atami)
The best part of Koriyama City is there are many onsen facilities around it, including the ones of Bandai Atami Onsen area with a legend of Hagihime (princess who is said to have recovered from disease by getting in the onsen water). No need to drive far to enjoy natural onsen. You can easily visit one of them by one day trip. Each onsen has different mineral content. Find the one you like!
Photo of Koriyama Yurax Atami
5. Fireworks Event at Asakano Summer Festival
This fireworks Event is held every August at Koriyama Culture Park. Many people visit to watch over 10,000 fireworks being shot. Its location being surrounded by rice fields allows the audience to enjoy watching them from 360 degrees. Great annual summer event that attracts a lot of folks.
6. Big Tree Pageant
(Illumination at Koriyama Station)
Every year, this brilliant illumination event is held around Koriyama Station area. You can see a door monument with illumination lights, which is simple green except this season. It is built to honor a vocalist group, GReeeeN, organized in Koriyama. Bright annual event that lights up the area
7. Nunohiki Highland
Located in the south of Inawashiro Lake, and its height is about 1,000 meters. From the top, you can see all the way around Bandai Mountain and Inawashiro Lake. There are 33 giant windmills. Enjoy the windmills view with beautiful canola flowers in spring, sunflowers in summer, and cosmoses in fall.
8. Takashiba Deko-Yashiki [Dolls Crafters Studio House]
Birthplace of traditional wooden horse crafts, Miharu-goma, and folk-art paper dolls, Miharu Hariko Ningyo, which have been made since Edo era. “Miharu” is derived from a name of the domain, Miharu-han in those days. In the hamlet, there are four craft studios, an eatery tea salon, museum, product shop, etc. You can observe crafters making dolls and try the painting experience.
9. Cherry Blossoms all around Koriyama City
(Tobu New Town, Fujita-river, Kaiseizan Koen, Ousegawa, Kaboku Danchi)
There are many brilliant cherry blossom trees. Get Koriyama City’s guide brochure, “Koriyama Sakura Monogatari [Koriyama Cheery Blossom Story]”. You can find many cherry blossom spots of Koriyama. (You can download it from the website owned by Koriyama City Tourism Promotional Association.)
10. Miharu Taki-zakura
Miharu Taki-zakura is a huge tree of red weeping cherry blossom. Estimated over 1,000 years old and nationally protected. Well known as one of the 5 great cherry blossom trees, or 3 giant cherry blossom trees in Japan. Many people visit this place every year. It feels sacred. Beyond magnificent.
11. Abukuma Cave
With great natural beauty, this cave has been formed and stayed there for about over 80 million years. Its total length inside is 600 meters, and there is an extraordinary space of stalactite rocks running through. They say it has the most and the best varieties of stalactite rocks in east Asia. Representative attraction of Tamura City.
12. Oyasuba Historic Park
City park with one Zenpou-Kouen-fun [keyhole-shaped ancient grave] and four En-fun [ancient grave mounds]. 0pened in 2009. Developed along with Oyasuba ancient tombs around the area which had been selected as a national historic site earlier. People can climb up the tombs. They have a guidance center, adventure playground, and kids playing field.
13. Koriyama Ishiniwa Fureai Bokujo (Pasture Park)
A pasture park for tourists. Located at a gentle slope area at the base of a mountain. People can enjoy the livestock zoo, riding horse, mountain biking, target bird golf, barbecue, etc. Popular among people in Koriyama as a refreshment place with animals.
14. Licca-chan Castle
This is an open factory with integrated manufacturing system for Licca-chan dolls. Located in Onoshinmachi. There are no other places like this in Japan. Available activities include factory observation tour and cosplaying experience putting on Licca chan dresses. Also, they have a museum, where you can see all Licca chan dolls from the first model. Enjoy indulging into Licca chan’s world.
15. Nonbiri Onsen (Annex Iwana no Sato / Alpaca Farm)
Natural onsen facility located in Mihota-machi. Within the site of annex, Iwana no Sato [village of char], there is Alpaca Farm. People can have a wonderful time with gentle and adorable alpacas, miniature horses, and sheep, feeding and touching them. Also, various activities are on offer, such as char fishing, and blueberry harvesting.
A complex facility that includes a popular restaurant, sweets shop, bread bakery, and coffee shop. Largely renewed from former Miharu Herbs and Flowers Garden. They also have shops for interior and DIY, exterior, and gardening. Perfect place for daily life items.
17. Fukushima Ouse Winery
The first winery in Koriyama City, located at Ouse-machi. They produce wines, liquors, and ciders using Fukushima’s fruits. People can join a winery tour and do tastings. Also there is a shop for liquors of this winery and local food products.
18. Goshiki Numa
Small lakes and marshes located in north side of Bandai Mountain, which is called Urabandai. Including both big and small ones, there are about 30 in total. Various colorful marshes are scattering around the area. Volcanic eruptions of Bandai Mountain created the magnificent landscape. Designated as Bandai Asahi National Park.
Ao Numa [Blue Marsh]
Bishamon Numa [Bishamon (god of fortune) marsh]
Benten Numa [Benten (water godess) marsh]
19. Miharu-machi during cherry blossom season
Miharu Taki-zakura is just one of the cherry blossom spots that Miharu-machi has. There are about 10,000 trees of cherry blossoms, which makes the entire town a cherry blossom attraction. 70 out of them are over 100 years old weeping cherry blossom. Take “Sakura [cherry blossom] Map” with you and explore around! (You can download the map from the town website of Miharu-machi.)
Ouji Jinja [shrine]
20. Jodo Matsu Park / Kinoko Iwa
Jodo Matsu Park is called “Matsushima of Inland” because its view of pine trees looks like one of the three views of Japan, Matsushima [Pine trees islands]. Also, there is a place where the stratum divided by fault, which is called “Kinoko Iwa [Mushroom rocks]”. The landscape exotic created by chalky rocks makes you feel like you are in Cappadocia while being in Koriyama.