Samurai Spirit Tourism (Includes Diamond Route Japan) – Fukushima Inspiration

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Fukushima is one of Japan’s samurai heartlands, and the “bushido” spirit still lingers in the souls of locals even today. There are dozens of landmarks illustrating this history, including Ouchi-juku, a post-town that accommodated the daimyo of the Aizu Domain during the Edo period; Tsurugajo Castle, one of the final battlefields in the Boshin War between the New Meiji Government and Former Shogunate Army; and Aizu Hanko Nisshinkan, where young warriors would learn the way of the samurai, including the legendary Byakkotai teenage samurai unit.

Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai Residence)

Tsurugajo Castle

Aizu Hanko Nissinkan


Higashiyama Onsen

Aizu Shinsengumi Memorial Hall

Also worth considering is the “Diamond Route,” a wide-area tour from Tokyo to Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi, focusing on spots deeply rooted in samurai culture.

Suggested Itineraries on the Diamond Route

Trail the Path of Japan’s Legendary Samurai:

Delve Into a Lesser-Known Side of Japanese Samurai Culture:

Suggested Itineraries for Samurai Experiences

Learn the Way of the Samurai in Aizu-Wakamatsu:
Samurai Education Experience


Australia’s Official Fukushima Prefecture Representatives
For any enquiries regarding Fukushima tourism, please feel free to reach out to or call
Simon Williamson (Australian Attractions): 0438 744 633
Nippon Travel Agency Australia Sydney Office: (02) 9275-9661



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Located just over an hour ride away on the bullet train from Tokyo, Fukushima offers a great array of activities. Each season brings a different set of attraction to the visitors of Fukushima, such as camping in summer and swan watching in winter.