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)
Aizu Hanko Nissinkan
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