My 2022 Golden Week Vacation Part 1 - Fun in Fukushima | Giselle Sees Japan

My 2022 Golden Week Vacation Part 1 - Fun in Fukushima | Giselle Sees Japan

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In Japan Golden Week is a collection of national  holidays that's usually a week long Because of this, it is one of the busiest and most crowded week for domestic travel As for me, this years golden week I will be visiting 2 prefectures. Fukushima and Yamagata Both are found in the Tohoku region of Japan From my place, it will take 5hrs of travel by car to Fukushima So I'm just gonna tell you some Fukushima facts while I'm driving Fukushima Prefecture is the 3rd largest prefecture of Japan. Next to Hokkaido and Iwate prefecture It is located in the northern part of Japan known as Tohoku Region along with Aomori Akita Iwate Miyagi and Yamagata Its largest city is Iwaki but the capital is Fukushima city where I will be staying for this trip Fukushima made headlines all over the world last 2011 when a massive earthquake caused a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant   The incident forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate    Today, the no-entry zone around the nuclear plant makes up less than 3% of the prefecture's area Needless to say Fukushima is perfectly safe for tourists to visit Fukushima Japan's third largest prefecture offers an ample of natural beauty leisure activities and historic sites like this one Ouchi-juku Nestled in the southwestern mountains of Fukushima this isolated village used to be a stopover for travelers during the Edo period   Today this little town is restored  to look as it did in the Edo period   Even telephone and electricity wires are buried underground The unpaved main street is lined by thick-thatched roof buildings that houses different shops restaurants and traditional Japanese inns This used to be the main inn that serves high ranking officials and now it's open as a museum   Located at the end of the street is a  steep stairs leading to Ouchi-juku shrine   From this hill the view of the whole village can be seen and it's a perfect spot for picture taking The whole area itself is not so big and  actually can be explored in less than 30 minutes Before leaving I tried one of the local delicacy which is called Negi soba where you use leek instead of chopstick for eating   Of course don't forget to buy snacks and souvenirs Next in my itinerary is the city of Aizuwakamatsu where the Tsuruga castle is located   Tsuruga castle was built in 1384 but was destroyed during the Boshin war in 1868 The castle was rebuilt as a concrete reconstruction with the color of the roof tiles reverted from gray to original red a unique color among Japanese castles As with any other restored castle in Japan the inside of the Tsuruga castle now serves as a museum with a great panoramic view at the top Outside it is a lovely and a photogenic castle the white walls and the red tiles give the castle a unique look The park has well-tended lawns and cherry trees  which are particularly attractive when they are in bloom around mid-April The surrounding moat and stone walls which previously served defensive purposes now contribute to the pleasant atmosphere of the park   Just four kilometers from the castles the Mount Iimori Home to the tragic tale of the Byakkotai  warriors where 19 young men of the Byakkotai or white tiger brigade committed suicide during the Boshin civil war in 1868 You can climb the 183 steps up the top or like me who already driven more than 5 hours pay a fee for an escalator ride   The unique Sazaedo temple is also located here   From the outside this pagoda-like temple seems much like any other But when you enter you will discover its unique two sets of spiral stairways   There are no floors so it's one continuous walk up and then down From Aizuwakamatsu it is still an hour drive to Fukushima city where I will be staying Before checking into my hotel I'm gonna try  this local tonkatsu restaurant for dinner They have delicious crunchy katsu at a reasonable price The place is nicely decorated with a beautiful mini garden As for today's forecast it's going to rain all day and there goes my plans Because of this unfavorable weather i'm just gonna visit the Fukushima prefectural museum of art and just right next to it the prefectural library Today's itinerary will bring us up to the top of mount Azuma-kofuji   down to the lakes of Goshikinuma and travel  back to the time of the samurais  To get to Azuma-kofuji is via the Bandai-Azuma skyline one of Japan's most spectacular mountain roads After all the twists and turns I arrived in Jododaira rest house where there are restaurants and souvenir shops There's also a mimi museum showcasing the  topography of the surrounding mountains Spring is almost over so i was not expecting the temperature to be this cold It's just a 10 minutes climb to the crater and the views from the top are breathtaking My clips does not do the depth of the crater  justice it looks way deeper in real life   The crater itself can be circled in a panoramic 45-minute walk But as for me I'm literally shaking from the cold so I'm heading back down for now My next stop takes me to the Goshikinuma ponds a group of lakes with colors ranging from emerald green to turquoise blue The largest and most accessible of these lakes is the Bishamonnuma pond Some of the best nature I've seen and the emerald green water makes for a serene feeling It's lunch time and this restaurant that came across is just what i'm looking for It's an American-themed burger joint The American-sized burger they serve here is mouth-watering Cool ambience overall Off to the road again this time on my way to Nisshinkan This used to be the highest level of learning institution of its time   Although the original Nisshinkan was burned down during the Bosnian war   it was faithfully rebuilt to their original design and now functions as hands-on museum You can also try traditional Japanese archery which i did but horribly failed It was still a great experience So that's the end of the first part of my 2022  golden week vacation where I visited some of the most unique spots here in Fukushima prefecture It was great exhausting but fun   As for the second part i will be exploring the neighboring  prefecture yamagata If you like this video please hit like and subscribe to my channel I'm Giselle and join me again next time as we go see Japan!

2022-07-04 00:02

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