Fukushima, Japan Jan. 24 Wed 8:40AM
Since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the name Fukushima has become synonomous with the disaster. However, Fukuoka is so much more than that. Fukuoka is the beautiful landscapes it contains, the spring cherry blossoms, and the golden autumn leaves. Every area except the no entry-zone around the nuclear plant is safe to visit- only less than 10% remains unsafe. During the reconstruction of Fukuoka and the Tohoku area, tourism has been one of the most important sources of reparation for the prefecture and its people.
Fukushima Prefecture, or Fukushima-ken, is the third largest prefecture in Japan, and stretches from the Pacific coast to Japan's mountainous interior. It is located just an hour away from Tokyo by bullet train, and the area is well-known for its beautiful landscapes, including mountains, volcanoes, hot springs and fall colors.
Azuma Kofuji- Azuma Kofuji is a active volcano that provides some good hiking and a pretty view.
Kozuyu- Kozuyu is a tasty soup dish with vegetables usually eaten during special occassions and is traditional to Aizu, a region in Fukushima.
Aizu soba- Aizu soba is buckwheat noodles that are dipped in sauce. Aizu is said to be the city of soba to some, so these noodles are a must try!