Iwaki is an area centered around Iwaki City, located in the southeastern part of Fukushima Prefecture. It is blessed with a particularly temperate climate for the Tohoku region. The eastern side of the area faces the Pacific ocean, making it popular for fish markets with fresh seafood.
If you are touring in Iwaki, we strongly recommend you visit the Shiramizu Amida-do Temple, which is designated as a national treasure. It was constructed in the Heian Period, so there are Buddhist statues from the Heian Period (794-1185) inside of it, such as Amida Nyorai. For people interested in history, we recommend the Iwaki City Coal and Fossil Museum. This museum explains the history of the coal mines in this area, as well as fossils that have been found within the city. Another popular facility, particularly for family excursions, is the Spa Resort Hawaiians which features a huge open-air bath and pool. If you go to the Iwaki Yumoto Onsen, you can enjoy a hot springs with more than 1200 years of history behind it.
For traveling through the area, we recommend fixed-route buses and conventional railway lines. To reach the area’s central train stations of Iwaki Station and Yumoto Station, from any of the major cities in Japan you can take a special express train or a high-speed bus. From Tokyo the total travel time is about 3 hours.