【Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture】 A tour to visit 33 Kannon and experience the good luck of akabeko
What we'll do
Instead of a trip on which you simply visit a place, why not try one where you can expand your outlook through encounters and learning? Through the navigation of a guide who knows the local area, you'll be able to not just overcome the language barrier, but also increase your knowledge and enrich your time spent by meeting people and interacting with Japanese culture.
Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, is said to be the first place in the Tohoku region of Japan where Buddhist culture took root. The Kannon faith is that the Goddess of Mercy, Kannon, will save all living things through her 33 different forms. Since the Heian period, these Kannon temples have been visited by many people, including locals, people from other areas of Japan, and even those from overseas. You can visit on your own, of course, but on this tour you'll be able to learn all about the 33-Kannon pilgrimage from a guide who knows the area well. Not just visiting the Kannon, they will also guide you through interactions with the land, history, people, and culture.
After visiting some of the Kannon temples, you'll have lunch, followed by a chance to try painting an akabeko. Akabeko are traditional toys in the shape of cows that originated in Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. They are referred to as "cows that bring good luck," and they are known as lucky charms to ward off evil.
-If you would like to meet your guide at your hotel, please contact them via chat before making a reservation.
-If you are going to be late to the meeting place on the day of the tour, please contact your guide via chat.
-If you are over 15 minutes late without contacting your guide, it will be considered a cancellation and you will be charged 100% of the fee, regardless of the reason for tardiness.
-Please note that the end time of the tour cannot be extended in the event of tardiness.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 16,500 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-This tour requires that you contact a guide via chat before completing your reservation.
-The cost of the tour will be set after preliminary discussions are held.
-The cost of this tour includes only the fee for the guide.
-Transportation fees to and from the meeting place are the individual responsibility of the traveler.
-Transportation between spots during the tour will be done by hired car. The price may vary depending on the number of people and time of year, so please contact your guide before reserving.
-Please pay for the cost of the hired car on the day of the tour.
-The cost of any food and drinks during the tour will be the individual responsibility of the traveler.
-Please pay any entrance fees or activity fees on the day of the tour.
-If you have any physical or health concerns such as disabilities, age, or pregnancy, please inform your guide before reserving.
-Please note that, due to schedule constraints of the guides, last-minute bookings may not be possible. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks before your desired tour date.
-In the event of bad weather or a natural disaster, the tour may not be able to take place. In such a case, your guide will contact you via chat.
1Torioi Kannon Temple
Nyoho-ji Temple in Nishiaizu-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, is a temple that was established by the scholar-monk Tokuitsu during the Heian period. Called Torioi Kannon, it is counted as one of the Aizu 33 Kannon. There is also a Kongo Rikishi sculpture of a Migawari no Nade Buddha; it is known as one of the three Aizu Korori Kannon, and it is said that if you stroke the statue and pray, you'll be able to "fall into death peacefully."
2Tachiki Kannon Temple
Tachiki Kannon Temple in Aizubange-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, is counted as one of the Aizu 33 Kannon as well as one of the three Aizu Korori Kannon, which are said to bestow blessings related to health and easy childbirth.
3Nakada Kannon Temple
Nakada Kannon in Aizumisato-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, is one of the Aizu 33 Kannon as well as one of the three Aizu Korori Kannon.
Before your reservation is completed, the local cuisine of Aizu Wakamatsu will be explained to you via chat. However, if any tour participants have allergies or other dietary restrictions, we will introduce you to restaurants after speaking with you about your dietary requirements. Your guide will interpret your orders at the restaurant on the day of the tour.
※The image at the top of this page is a local dish called kozuyu.
【Local Cuisine of Aizu Wakamatsu】
・Kozuyu: A broth with a light flavor, made with a dried scallop stock base. In addition to dried scallops, this dish also includes dried shiitake mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, konjac, carrots, taro, and mamefu (wheat bran in the shape of cookies).
・Zakuzaku: A broth made with a dried sardine stock base. This dish includes chopped vegetables, chicken, and other ingredients.
Other additional dishes such as basashi (horse-meat sashimi) and herring are also available, and they will be introduced to you during the preliminary discussions before completing your reservation.
Warabi is a shop in Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, that sells folk crafts, in particular something called akabeko. The akabeko made by Arai Kogeisho Craft Center, which operates the store, were purchased by both the Emperor and Empress Showa, and they have also been used as the design for greeting card stamps. Due to this, they have become a well-known folk craft all over Japan.
*Advance reservations are required for the akabeko painting experience.