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Higashiyama Onsen's "Harataki" in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima

This video, titled "Introduction to Harataki  long version" was made by "Harataki, an Inn at the Source of a Private Spring" (自家源泉の宿 原瀧).
It introduces a Japanese ryokan in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima in Japan's Tohoku region.
The Japanese ryokan "Harataki" is a popular hotel on comparison and review sites.

Aizuwakamatsu city is known as "the town of the Byakkotai" (The White Tiger Unit).
On Mt. Iimori, near Harataki, the annual Byakkotai Graveside Sword Dance is held in memorial of the Byakkotai.

At Tennei-ji Temple in Aizuwakamatsu, the grave of the head of the Shinsengumi, Kondo Isami, can be found.
For those interested in Japanese history, we recommend planning a trip to Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture to coincide with these events. You should definitely book in advance to stay at the Japanese ryokan "Harataki." This video shows two women enjoying a girls' trip to the Japanese ryokan "Harataki". Be sure to check it out and enjoy the feeling of traveling to Fukushima Prefecture.

A Look at Harataki, in Aizuwakamatsu

The area around Aizuwakamatsu is an attractive hot spring town with a distinctly Japanese flavor.
Dressed in yukatas, you can enjoy the unique pleasures of the hot spring town, such as strolling around and enjoying gourmet food, winning prizes at the shotting gallery (Cork guns).
This can be seen in the video at 1:01.

At Hirataki a high quality, self-spring free-flowing hot spring, you can enjoy a luxurious open-air bath, the observation bath, the large public bath "Sen-nin-buro," and all four private observation baths "Takimi Onsen," "Tsukimi Onsen," "Yukimi Onsen," and "Hoshimi Onsen."
The hot springs are available for day trips as well as for overnight guests.

You can see the Onsen at 0:14, 0:30, and0:57 in the video.
As seen at 1:07 in the video using the footbath is one of the recommended ways to spend your time at Harataki.
You can relax physically and mentally by bathing your feet while wearing a Yukata.

The quality of the spring is sulfate, and it is effective against: arteriosclerosis, cuts, burns, chronic skin diseases, physical weakness in children, chronic gynecological diseases, nerve pain, muscle aches, joint aches, stiff shoulders, motor paralysis, stiff joints, contusions, twisted joints, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoids, excessive sensitivity to cold, and it also aids in post illness recovery, has a soothing effect, and propagates health enhancement.

Enjoy the Superb Japanese Cuisine of “Harataki”

From 0:38 and 1:10 in the video, the chefs of the Japanese inn Harataki show their craftsmanship in quickly preparing Japanese dishes using local ingredients and seasonal bounties from Aizu.
It is a special kind of hospitality cooking by the chefs.
At Dining Takigawa, a dining room with a modern Japanese ambience, you can enjoy appetizers, such as sashimi and hot pot, as well as a "half-buffet" meal.

As you can see at 1:32 in the video, when the weather is nice, you can enjoy a gourmet Japanese meal on a Kawadoko, a riverside dining room built over water; One of the most popular places in Aizuwakamatsu.

The riverbed cuisine served by the natural, clear waters of the Yugawa River in Aizuwakamatsu, using a variety of seasonal ingredients, is truly exquisite.
As you can see from 0:25 in the video, in the vicinity of Harataki, the famous Kitakata ramen is served.
This local specialty can be eaten for lunch or after a walk, and we definitely recommend trying it.
Another local delicacy is sauce katsu-don.

Information About Facilities at "Harataki"

There are many popular tourist spots in and around Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima.
You can enjoy relaxing at "Tea Lounge・Lobby," try the "fashionable Yukata rental service area," pick up snacks at "Natsukashi-ya," or check out "Lounge KANAKANA," and "karaoke box."
A variety of toiletries are available as well.

Sightseeing Information around "Harataki" in Aizuwakamatsu Higashiyama Onsen, Fukushima

Image of Tsuruga Castle
Photo:Tsuruga Castle

The area around Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima is packed with popular sightseeing spots.
"Haikara-san Akabe" is a convenient bus for sightseeing in and around Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima and it runs every 30 minutes.

Some sightseeing spots in the area include: "Tsuruga Castle," "Iimori Hill," "Aizu Samurai Residences," "Matsudaira Family Cemetery," "Oyakuen," "Aizu Nisshin," "Nanokamachi Street," "Tea Room Rinkaku," "Byakkotai Museum," "Sazaedo," and "Nogushi Hideyo Memorial Hall."
There are some souvenir shops such as "Shiroki lacqueware," "Suehiro Brewing Kaeigura," "Hoshiban," "Momen Ito," "Nagatoya," and an "akabeko painting experience."
Be sure to check some of these out during your visit to Harataki!

Summary of Higashiyama Onsen in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture

This time, we introduced a video on how to enjoy your stay at the Japanese ryokan "Harataki" at Aizuwakamatsu Higashiyama Onsen.
The historical Japanese ryokan Harataki is a popular sightseeing spot where you can feel the beauty of nature.

Enjoy your special holiday in your own way, whether it's strolling through an Instagram-worthy hot spring town or taking a dip inside the hot springs!

Room rates and prices vary by season and plan, so be sure to check the official website and travel websites for more details.

◆Aizu Higashiyama Onsen Harataki◆
【Address】Higashiyama Yumoto, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima
【Access】About 20 minutes by car from Aizuwakamatsu IC, pick-up bus from Higashiyama Onsen Station and the samurai residence

【Official Website】Aizu Higashiyama Onsen Harataki|Official Web Site


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Last Updated : Apr. 24, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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