Fukushima is located in the southernmost region of the Tohoku area.
Most of the ski slopes are located in the inland region. Well-known snow resorts include the Lake Inawashiro and the Minamiaizu areas. Both are attractive resorts that typically feature dry powder snow due to cold temperatures and low humidity. Multiple ski slopes scatter around Lake Inawashiro area with Mt. Bandai at its center, including large-scale snow resorts with many ski lifts on the mountain ranges. Since there are many different courses, both experts and family skiers can enjoy them. Many slopes are directly accessible from the resort hotels where visitors can enjoy their stay, and some even have hot springs. Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai are major tourism destinations. Mt. Bandai is well known throughout Japan and is sometimes referred to as "Aizu Fuji".
The base of the mountain is home to Goshiki-numa, which are popular attractions for snow-shoe trekking. Access to Lake Inawashiro area is very convenient with shuttle bus services from Koriyama station of Tohoku Shinkansen. There are four ski slopes deep in the mountains of Minamiaizu area, offering comfortable atmosphere. Old family style inns are found here, and visitors can experience a local life style during their stay. Visitors cannot miss Fukushima's local specialty, Kitakata ramen famous for its thick, curly noodles in light soy sauce based soup. Each restaurant has its own features.
In addition, "kozuyu" bowl with plenty of stewed ingredients both from the sea and the mountains, "wappameshi" which is rice and ingredients steamed in a wooden bowl, and deep fried buns called "tempura manju" are also famous local specialties of Aizu region. Fukushima is also known for its sake brewing and as a place where delicious local sake can be enjoyed. There are many sake breweries in tourist city of Aizuwakamatsu. Its townscape is reminiscent of the old days with old western style mansions and wooden architecture. Tsurugajo castle (Wakamatsu castle) designated as a national historic site was a fierce battle field of Meiji Restoration known for the episodes of Shinsengumi and Byakkotai. Fukushima is a highly recommended tourist spot where you can take a stroll in the historic sites, enjoy local gourmet food, and visit sake breweries.