Fukushima Prefecture - 福島県

map of fukushima prefecture

Divided into three distinct regions by a series of mountain ranges, Fukushima is a nature lover’s paradise.

Blessed with lush green forests, clear lakes and snowy winters it’s not too hard to be impressed by its natural wonders which is also home to over 130 hot springs. Located roughly 200 kilometers north of Tokyo, Fukushima represents the southernmost prefecture within Japan’s Tohoku region.

Towards the west its mountainous interior borders five other prefectures whilst its eastern side stretches out for over 150 kilometers along the pacific coast.

Thanks to its predominately rural landscape Fukushima is famous for its fruit, rice and local ‘sake’ that can best be enjoyed after taking a relaxing soak in a hot spring.

A great place to start any exploration is within the suburbs of Fukushima City which is home to three nearby hot springs including the popular Takayu Onsen. Situated halfway up Mount Azuma, this area is perfect for gazing down on the city below.

For anyone interested in history, the former postal town of Ouchi-Juku provides an excellent insight into what life was like during the Edo Period (1603-1868), with its traditional buildings and thatched roofs.

For nature lovers no visit to Fukushima would be complete without going to the wonderful Mount Bandai-Asahi National Park where you can enjoy a range of leisure activities including hiking as well as skiing during the winter season.

The ancient Samurai town of Aizu-Wakamatsu boasts several impressive historical buildings including the very distinctive Tsuruga Castle. Situated within the town centre, this castle represents one of the last strongholds of the Samurai and local Shogun’s grip on power before the centralization of Japan under the Meiji Government in 1868.

When exploring Fukushima’s many interesting sights you will soon discover that despite its relatively close proximity to Tokyo, this is one area of Japan that still manages to maintain a strong sense of its local identity thanks largely to its unique landscape.

For more information about Fukushima prefecture, see their official tourism website.

How to get there

Air - Fukushima has its own airport and operates daily flights from/to Osaka and Sapporo. Click here for its website(Japanese only).

Rail - Journey time to Fukushima from Tokyo by Shinkansen is 90minutes.

Sukagawa Taimatsu Akashi Fire Festival has a long history dating back more than 400 years and is one of the three major fire festivals in Japan.


Lake Inawashiro is Japan's third largest fresh-water lakes and one of Fukushima's most popular scenic landscapes.


Ouchi Juku is a well-preserved post station town dating back to the Edo Period which was regularly used by traders as a resting place on route to Edo (the former Tokyo).



Weather in Fukushima

Average daily temperature (oC)
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Average relative humidity (%)
71 percent 71 percent 73 percent 75 percent 75 percent 77 percent 71 percent 61 percent 58 percent 61 percent 66 percent 67 percent 71 percent 71 percent 73 percent 75 percent 75 percent 77 percent 71 percent 61 percent 58 percent 61 percent 66 percent 67 percent

Average monthly rainfall (mm)
69 centimetres 67 centimetres 132 centimetres 173 centimetres 144 centimetres 184 centimetres 118 centimetres 81 centimetres 85 centimetres 74 centimetres 56 centimetres 47 centimetres
Number of days with rain
(1mm or more)
6.9 days 6.6 days 7.6 days 10.5 days 9.7 days 12.9 days 10.3 days 8.1 days 7.4 days 8.2 days 7.1 days 8.3 days