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Bien que le nom de Fukushima inspire la prudence, vous ne saviez probablement pas que Fukushima est un trésor de voyages et de cuisine. Jetez un oeil à cette région avec Japankuru!

La préfecture de Fukushima: Il y a bien plus que vous l’imaginez!

Le Japon est composé de 47 régions différentes appelées «préfectures» («都 道 府 県» en japonais), mais pour la plupart des gens à travers le monde, seule une poignée vient à l'esprit: les préfectures de Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka , Hokkaido, ou peut-être Okinawa. En revanche, vous avec peut-être en tête le souvenir d'une autre préfecture ― Fukushima. Mais où se trouve cette dernière au Japon? Quelles sont les caractéristiques déterminantes de Fukushima et qu'est-ce qui la rend si spéciale? Malgré son nom célèbre, Fukushima restent un mystère pour la plupart des étrangers.

Nous voulions donc prendre le temps de nous pencher sur Fukushima, une préfecture avec beaucoup plus à offrir que ce que le voyageur moyen pourrait imaginer, et par-dessus tout, nous nous sommes retrouvés à découvrir le poisson «Joban-mono». Dans cette série, nous en apprendrons plus sur la préfecture  et sa côte, dotée de riches ressources naturelles, et nous répondrons à la question "Qu'est-ce que le poisson Joban-mono?"

Dans la première partie, nous passons en revue un bref résumé de la préfecture de Fukushima!



Vue magnifique de l'océan depuis Fukushima

La troisième préfecture la plus large du Japon

Fukushima se trouve dans la région de Tohoku, au nord du Japon, et sur les 47 préfectures du pays, elle possède la troisième plus grande superficie après Hokkaido et Iwate. Si vous voulez parler d'échelle, c'est environ 6,3 fois la taille de la région métropolitaine de Tokyo (une préfecture en soi), et vous pourriez installer 290000 terrains de baseball à l'intérieur des frontières de Fukushima! Ce dernier exemple peut être un peu difficile à imaginer, mais il suffit de le dire, la préfecture s'étend d'est en ouest, allant des régions montagneuses au centre de la principale île japonaise de Honshu aux rives du Pacifique. À Fukushima, les caractéristiques uniques de chacune de ces régions s'additionnent pour former une préfecture distincte.

Fukushima est généralement divisée en trois parties, la zone côtière ou "Hama-dori" (浜 通 り), la zone centrale ou "Naka-dori" (中 通 り) et la zone intérieure occidentale d'Aizu (会 津). En regardant les différents domaines et comment ils changent au fil des saisons, Fukushima est une terre aux multiples facettes d'expériences touristiques et culturelles diverses.



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Le chemin de fer le plus romantique du monde, sur la ligne Tadami

Région 1 | zone côtière de Hama-dori: Sous la bénédiction du Pacifique

A l'extrémité est de la préfecture, face à l'océan Pacifique, la zone de Hama-dori est composée d'Iwaki (い わ き) au sud, et Soso (相 双), centrée autour de Soma (相 馬), Minamisoma (南 相 馬) et le district de Futaba (双 葉 郡). La zone côtière a beaucoup de saveur régionale, des ports remplis de bateaux de pêche aux nombreux onsen (温泉, sources chaudes) et à la culture des samouraïs encore visible à ce jour. La côte de Fukushima est en fait le point de rencontre de deux grands courants océaniques (appelés le courant d'Oyashio et le courant de Kuroshio au Japon), donnant aux eaux de nombreuses caractéristiques qui font de la région un lieu de pêche idéal le plus important du Japon, et célèbre pour son poisson savoureux.

Autour de la ville d'Iwaki se trouve la région d'Iwaki, qui longe la côte du Pacifique, et a des étés uniques et des hivers chauds. Il possède également certaines des heures d'ensoleillement les plus longues du Japon, ce qui en fait un endroit charmant pour profiter du soleil et de la mer. Le long de l'eau, vous trouverez quelques attractions différentes, comme le phare de Shioyazaki (塩 屋 崎 灯台), l'aquarium Aquamarine Fukushima et le marché aux poissons d'Iwaki Lalamew. La région abrite également Iwaki Yumoto Onsen (い わ き 湯 本 温泉) et la toute première station balnéaire du Japon, Spa Resort Hawaiians.

Au nord, la zone autour de Soma a une riche culture alimentaire, basée sur les récoltes abondantes fournies par les montagnes et la mer. Il est également célèbre pour le Soma Nomaoi (相 馬 野馬 追), un festival avec une histoire de rituels équestres remontant à mille ans.



Le phare de Shioyazaki (ville d'Iwaki)



Iwaki Lalamew



Nomaoi (ville de Soma)

Région 2 | La zone centrale de Naka-dori: Le ventre de la préfecture

Zone la plus au centre de la préfecture de Fukushima, Naka-dori est une région intérieure du Pacifique prise en sandwich entre les monts Ou (奥 羽 山脈) à l'ouest et les hauts plateaux d'Abukumakochi (阿 武 隈 高地) à l'est. La région est longue et mince, avec la ville de Fukushima (siège de la préfecture) au nord, le centre économique et de transport Koriyama (郡山) en plein milieu de la préfecture, et Shirakawa (白河) au sud. Les trois villes principales ont chacune leur propre gare sur la ligne Tohoku Shinkansen, et des autoroutes traversent la région, ce qui en fait un point de connexion entre la région de Kanto / Tokyo et la région du nord de Tohoku.

Non seulement le château de Kasumigajo (霞 ヶ 城) et le château de Shirakawa Komine (白河 小 峰 城) se glissent dans l'atmosphère urbaine, mais aussi des impressions claires laissées par les périodes plus récentes de l'histoire de Bakumatsu et Meiji (fin du 19e au début du 20e siècle) . La région possède également ses propres caractéristiques naturelles somptueuses, avec une dispersion de célèbres sites d'observation de fleurs de cerisier (et autres fleurs)., Et les pêches comme le produit le plus célèbre de la culture abondante de fruits locaux. Vous trouverez même le parc Nanko (南湖 公園) à Naka-dori, considéré comme le plus ancien parc public de tout le Japon!

Les onsen de la région ont également leurs propres charmes. La source chaude de Bandaiatami (磐 梯 熱 海 温泉), par exemple, est célèbre pour les eaux de bijin no yu (大 の 湯), censées embellir la peau. Takayu Onsen (高 由 温泉) est en fait connu pour être … une source chaude secrète. Et Iizaka Onsen (飯 坂 温泉) est une destination onsen depuis plus de mille ans.



Parc Nanko



Le château de Shirakawa Komine



Cueillette de pêches

Zone 3 | Aizu: Nature et tradition en harmonie

La zone d'Aizu comprend toute la région ouest de Fukushima, mais elle peut être divisée en deux. La partie nord d'Aizu est centrée autour de l'ancienne ville fortifiée d'Aizu-Wakamatsu et de la ville de Kitakata, tandis que la partie sud abrite Minamiaizu, Hinoemata et Shimogo, qui ont chacun des quartiers qui ressemblent encore à la période Edo (1603 ~ 1868). Grâce à l'histoire riche de la région, à commencer par le château local de Tsuruga (鶴 ヶ 城, également appelé Tsurugajo), et de nombreux sanctuaires et temples, il est parfois appelé «Butto Aizu» (仏 都会 津), ce qui se traduit à peu près par la métropole de bouddhas .

Aizu se situe juste sur le lac Inawashiro (猪苗 代 湖) et au pied du mont Bandai (磐 梯 山), il est donc connu pour être l'endroit parfait pour regarder les saisons changer, avec le paysage se modifiant radicalement tout au long de l'année. C'est un lieu de vues inoubliables, de l'eau calme des rives du lac aux feuilles changeantes colorées chaque automne, en passant par les couvertures de neige qui créent des paysages blancs et moelleux.

Minamiaizu en particulier, avec une altitude moyenne de 500 m (1640 pieds) au-dessus du niveau de la mer et des montagnes de tous les côtés, est un endroit idéal pour se détendre au milieu de la nature, profiter de la culture traditionnelle de Fukushima et même visiter plus de «sources chaudes secrètes» ―onsen niché dans le flanc de la montagne. Il abrite également des stations de ski qui offrent une neige de grande qualité, mais certaines personnes visitent la région juste pour voir le village d'Ouchijuku (大 内 宿). Ouchijuku conserve toujours sa disposition et son architecture de la période Edo, et on dirait qu'elle n'a pas été touchée depuis environ 150 ans, ce qui donne l'impression d'un voyage dans le temps.



Ouchijuku



Local takato soba/negi soba (高遠そば/ねぎそば), soba aux poireaux.



Mont Bandai



Ashinomaki Onsen

Qu’est ce que le poisson Joban-mono au juste?

Fukushima ― est plus que vous ne le pensez. Notre voyage dans Fukushima et ses nombreux charmes ne vient que de commencer, il nous reste encore tant à découvrir avec le poisson Joban-mono de Fukushima, mais aussi l'histoire de la région, le tourisme, la cuisine locale et d'autres conseils de voyage. Nous avons l'intention d'aller au fond de ce à quoi ressemble vraiment Fukushima aujourd'hui, et nous espérons que vous vous joindrez à nous dans ce voyage! Pour plus d'informations et de nouvelles du Japon, suivez Japankuru sur twitter, instagram, and facebook!

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      Niigata is a prefecture on Japan's main island of Honshu, situated right on the coast of the Sea of Japan, and abundant with the gifts of nature. It's known for popular ski resorts such as Echigo-Yuzawa, Japanese national parks, and natural hot spring baths, plus local products like fresh seafood, rice, and sake. Visitors often spend time in the prefectural capital, Niigata City, or venture across the water to Sado Island.

    • SHIZUOKA

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      Shizuoka Prefecture is sandwiched between eastern and western Japan, giving the prefecture easy access to both Tokyo and Osaka. Not only is it known for beautiful natural attractions, with everything from Mount Fuji to Suruga Bay, Lake Hamanako, and Sumata Pass―Shizuoka's Izu Peninsula is known as a go-to spot for hot springs lovers, with famous onsen like Atami, Ito, Shimoda, Shuzenji, and Dogashima. Shizuoka attracts all kinds of travelers thanks to historic connections with the Tokugawa clan, the Oigawa Railway, fresh eel cuisine, Hamamatsu gyoza, and famously high-quality green tea.

    • Kansai (関西地方) is a region that includes Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Shiga prefectures. Gradually becoming one of the most popular areas of Japan, Kyoto's temples and shrines, Osaka Castle, and feeding the deer in Kobe are considered a must. Many say the people in Kansai are more open and friendly, making it a fun place to hang out at night.

    • Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan between the years 794 and 1100, becoming a center for poilitics and culture, and to this day it's a great place for close encounters with Japanese history. The cobbled streets of Gion, the atmospheric road to Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji's golden walls and countless historic attractions, even Arashiyama's Togetsukyo Bridge―Kyoto is a place of many attractions. With new charms to experience throughout the seasons, travelers can't stop themselves from returning again and again.

    • Osaka is known for friendly (and funny) people, but its history is nothing to laugh at, playing a major part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century unification of Japan. Thanks to long years of economic activity, it's one of Japan's biggest cities, and Osaka's popular food culture earned it the nickname "The Kitchen of the Nation." To this day Osaka is the model of western Japan, and alongside historic structures like Osaka Castle, it also has major shopping malls like Umeda's Grand Front Osaka and Tennoji's Abeno Harukas. Osaka is a place to eat, eat, eat, with local specialties like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushi-katsu, and for extra fun, it's home to Universal Studios Japan.

    • CHUGOKU

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      The Chugoku Region (中国地方) consists of five prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. In Chugoku you’ll find the sand dunes of Tottori, and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, plus centers of ancient history like Grand Shrine of Izumo.

    • SHIKOKU

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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) has 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Famous for its unique culture and history of Chinese and Dutch trade and Western missionaries, Kyushu offers many historic treasures and beauties. It is also home to some of Japan's most famous natural hot springs due to all the volcanos.

    • FUKUOKA

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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.

    • KAGOSHIMA

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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.

    • OKINAWA

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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.

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