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Quick recommendations for Onsen /Smaller towns around Fukushima?

Quick recommendations for Onsen /Smaller towns around Fukushima?

Old Apr 3rd, 2019, 11:32 PM
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Quick recommendations for Onsen /Smaller towns around Fukushima?

My DH and I had planned to go to Japan to see the Cherry blossoms a couple weeks ago, but got caught by various things and didn't go. Today I just booked a ticket into Narita for next week for 5 full days and nights. Luckily, since it's just two weeks before Golden Week that there seem to be lots of rooms available all over.

I hear that the blossoms are just starting to open around Fukushima. Thinking two days in either Fukushima city or a smaller town and two at a nice inn in an onsen town, then back to either Narita town or Tokyo for the last full day and a half. We have to be at the airport around 5 PM.

Anyone have any fave towns around Fukushima? or some other favorite spot in a bit north of Tokyo Japan? I'm hitting Japan guide and my gateway to Japan book tonight, but would love to get some names of places that you've enjoyed!
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Old Apr 4th, 2019, 10:56 AM
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Old Apr 5th, 2019, 10:32 AM
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Kakunodate

I have to mention it even as I assume you have considered it. Perhaps the timing is not right for cherry blossoms. If the timing was right then I think it would be worth the 2 hr each way for a day trip from Fukushima-shi. Peter and Linda went there for hanami a few years ago, so they could give you an opinion on that. I really enjoyed making a stop there one May.
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Old Apr 5th, 2019, 01:55 PM
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Thanks! Shima looked like a great choice, but both Kashiwaya and our next two choices were all full. We loved Kakunodate about 30 years ago, but it was a bit too far for this trip. Both places noted for next time!

I ended up booking a fairly generic hotel in Fukushima by the rail station for our first two nights. The sakura should be in full bloom, unless a storm rolls in, and there are some interesting museums in Fukushima..

We'll then head a little south, to Bandai-Atami for two nights. The food reviews sold us on this small ryokan: https://www.moritaya.org/other_languages/english.html

Our last night will be near Narita town. On the final day, we'll take one of the new free transit tours to Sawara before flying out in the evening.

Can't wait! I can wait to pack though, as the weather seems all over the thermometer!
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Old Apr 6th, 2019, 03:27 AM
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Just finishing up our trip and sakura are everywhere in Tokyo. Our friend said the season here is a bit longer because of the colder weather. Some of the places we've been to like the Meguro river walk, the blossoms falling look like snowflakes, just beautiful.

The weather has been all over the thermometer as you say, from high 30's when we arrived to mid 60's and sunny today.
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