From Tokyo region via JR Tohoku Shinkansen・JR Banetsu West Line
From Tokyo region via JR Tohoku Shinkansen・JR Banetsu West Line. From Tokyo region, go to Aizu-Wakamatsu Station by Tohoku Shinkansen and JR Banetsu West Line or expressway bus, then go to Nanokamachi by excursion tour bus or train. It only takes 3 hours on the way and the train is running often.
You can also go to Kaien from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station 20 minutes on foot.
※Regarding route map and schedule of excursion tour bus, please check Aizu Bus homepage.
From Tokyo, you can also start from Asakusa Station by Tobu Railway, which takes about 4 hours and a half.
Through the windows you can enjoy the view of Nikko, Kinugawa River, Okawa Line, Ashinomaki Onsen.
Revaty Aizu, a new limited express train linking Asakusa Station (Tobu Railway) with Aizu-Tajima Station (Aizu Railway) from 2017 April. The train runs four times a day, takes 3 hours 15 minutes from Tokyo to Aizu.
Another train, Relay, linking Aizu-Tajima Station with Aizu-Wakamatsu Station is running too.
Kaien faces the Nanokamachi Street which crossed the main road of Nikko, Echigo, and Yonezawa Street in the period of domain duties.
The retro landscape gives the feeling of Taisho. Historically this area, had many shops and inns, and still exist today.
Kaien is the best location for you to walk around Nanokamachi Street, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi Youth Street, Tsurugajo Castle, Mt. Iimoriyama (where Byakkotai were buried at) and other sightseeing spots.
Kaien is a waiting area for a walking guide
Kaien is located in Nanokamachi Street which crossed the main road of Nikko, Echigo, and Yonezawa Street in the period of domain duties. As the west entrance of castle town, the street has been remodeled after the Taisho Roman Period, and has become a popular street for visiting. Enjoy the historical air of the wholesale trades, the appearance of the western-style inns, and restaurants.
The Osangai is a hall that used to stand in the main area of Tsuruga-jo. It looks like a three-storied building from outside, but it was four-storied inside, said to be used for secret meetings. Those who died during the Boshin Civil War were buried at this temple (as Graves of the Eastern (Aizu) Forces), this includes the tomb of Hajime Saito, who most famously served as the captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi.
The Fukunishi merchant family has experienced 13 generations and three eras, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa, famous for its storehouse. You can enjoy shopping and gourmet dining while experiencing the atmosphere of a luxurious, wealthy merchant life. The main shop has been listed among the tangible cultural properties.
10 minutes on foot from Nanukamachi bus stop of excursion tour bus「Haikara-san」
The castle survived a brutal one-month battle during the Boshin Civil War, which is famous throughout Japan. It’s the only castle that features red tile roofs of existing Japanese castle towers. The 69,000tsubo(about 228099㎡) area of Tsurugajo Park was declared a national historical monument. Inside the castel is a folk museum where you can learn about the history of Aizu.
20 minutes on foot from Nanukamachi bus stop of excursion tour bus「Haikara-san」
The garden that attracted a score of feudal lords, with a sacred pond that reflects the seasonal colors and the history of Aizu. You can relax and enjoy a cup of powdered green tea (fee-charging) while sightseeing from the tea house.
30 minutes on foot from Nanukamachi bus stop of excursion tour bus「Haikara-san」
Made of beech, cypress and fir, covers an area of 2300tsubo (about 7603㎡). The residential complex of a chief Aizu retainer, Tanomo Saigo, is featured at this museum park. Stepping into the front door, it’s like travelling to an ancient samurai life and submerging in the honorable flavor of the emperor. You can experience hands-on activities including painting Akabeko and Oki-agari Koboshi, if you hit target at Kyudo experience activity, you will receive a prize.
25 minutes on foot from Nanukamachi bus stop of excursion tour bus「Akabee」
A 16.5m tall temple hall built in 1796, famous for its three-storied hexagonal shape. Because of its one-way structure, people go up and down different routes. They can worship safely, without passing each other close. This unique structured was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 1996.
Joyful Train Kazekko Tadami Line runs through spectacular scenery. Tadami Line crosses the Tadami River, which flows through between Aizu-Hinohara Station and Aizu-Nishikata Station on the Dai-ichi Tadamigawa Bridge. The view changes with each season and make it a grand photo spot.
Go to Nanukamachi Station which is the nearest station to Kaien you can travel by Tadami Line.