Iwaki Area

Fukushima, Tohoku

The former coal mining area transformed into a paradise of everlasting summer. Enjoy Japan's first hot spring leisure park with the world's largest open-air bath.

Iwaki is situated in the southeastern part of Fukushima between the Abukuma Highlands to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. It is the main city in Hama-dori district and in its center is an area where modern buildings stand together with old storehouses and residences. Off the Iwaki Coast is one of the best fishing grounds in Japan, where the Kuroshio (black current) and Oyashio (parent current) flow into each other, a fertile location known as Shiome-no-umi. The area is blessed with an abundance of seasonal seafood; sea urchins and abalones from spring to summer, saury in fall, and anglers and crabs in winter.

A marine museum has reproduced the Shiome-no-umi. The Aquamarine Fukushima, which is a new type of aquarium, lets visitors see, touch and learn about some 800 varieties of creatures living in and near the water.

Also, situated in the southern part of Iwaki is the Iwaki Yumoto-onsen Hot Spring. It was once a coal mining area but has since been turned into a popular hot spring resort. This hot spring is one of the three oldest in Japan, with a history dating back 1,200 years. A powerful flow of five tons of water wells out each minute. The Spa Resort Hawaiians became even more popular thanks to the 2006 hit movie Hula Girl, and features many water parks, as well as hula dancing and Polynesian shows. It also boasts of having the world's largest open-air bath (as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records). It attracts many people looking for healing and fun.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] 140 min from Ueno to Iwaki Station by JR Joban Line (limited express) and 10 min from Iwaki to Yumoto Station by JR Joban Line.

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