We went to the very nearby town of Iizaka Onsen, not surprisingly famous for its “Onsen”  (Hot baths.)  This is the train station at Fukushima City.  so we walked here and took the train (about twenty-five minutes) to Iizaka Onsen.  Just a really nice little place.



Strolling the streets.  Japanese Showa kitsch.  Love it.


Neko Alert!  Neko Alert!  Neko Alert!  Can not pass a pretty kitty without taking a photo, no matter how crappy the photo may end up being once I’ve loaded it onto my computer.


Iizaka is famous for its onsen.  My friend grew up here and told me that when she was growing up, they did not have a bath or shower in their home.  Instead, they traipsed to the onsen and took their baths there.  I can see that being fun….until puberty.

My son, being male, could not enter onsen with me, so we opted for the (free of charge!) foot onsen.


Okay, my toesies need more colorful nail polish.  Light pink just ain’t doing it.







Stop it!  You’re ruining my zen!



The view from my foot onsen to the front….








and to the right.


“This would be just perfect if I had my video games!”  No, he did not say it.   But he was probably thinking it.


Can you read it?  Foot Hot Water-Hand Hot Water  (translated as Foot Bath/Hand Bath)


Strolling back to the station.


Too lazy to put this photo right side up.  Iizaka is famous for its eggs which have been boiled in their natural hot springs.


And the eggs….which I did not buy.  They make better omiyage in theory than in practice.


I bought “Bikkuri Agemanju”  “Surprise Agemanju”  The surprise is that they taste exactly like Japanese paradise.



“Welcome to Fukushima!  Full of Good Fortune  Fukushima”

福=good fortune/luck “fuku”

満開=full of “mankai”

And I’ll translate it as:

“Y’all come down and see us some time! Ya hear!”

Seriously, let me know if you visit and I’ll meet you at Fukushima Station.  Assuming you’re not a murderer.




Map of Iizuka