Nisshinkan (Old Aizu clan school)

 Do you know NHK historical drama “Yae no sakura”, or TV drama “The Byakkotai”? Those and many other dramas were filmed here in the Nisshinkan.

 The Nisshinkan was the clan school for sons of Aizu samurai, established in 1803. The young Aizu samurai were enrolled in the school at 10 years old, where they learnt various knowledge and martial arts such as Chinese classics, swordsmanship, calligraphy, medical science and the code of the samurai, to be the true Aizu samurai.

 There were over 1,300 students at the Nisshinkan, making it one of the largest schools in Japan at that time, until the buildings were burned down at the Boshin Civil War in 1869.

 What we see now is the reconstruction of the old buildings according to the draft. The reconstruction includes an astronomical observatory and the oldest swimming pool in Japan, where they practiced swimming in armors. You can also see mannequins in samurai clothes showing what the classes looked like.

 This is a good resource to see how young samurai were educated and lived.

 Also, a range of workshops and activities are available at the Nisshinkan, such as Zen meditation, Zen lecture, and painting workshops. It would be a nice memory.


Tourist Route Bus (Akabe and Haikara-san)

Buses and taxies are an important means of transport for tourists.
There are useful route buses called “Akabe” and “Haikara-san” in Aizu, that run the major sightseeing spots in the city, such as Tsuruga-jo castle, the Oyakuen Garden, Iimoriyama, Higashiyama Hot Spring, and Nanokamachi Street. The red bus “Akabe” runs clockwise, while the green bus “Haikara-san” runs counter-clockwise, once every 30 minutes respectively.
The fare is 210 yen for adults for a ride, though I recommend One-day free pass (500yen) if you take the buses more than twice in a day, showing which also allow you a discount at some tourist facilities.

Taxi use is recommended to travel in a group. It is sometimes less expensive to share the taxi fare than taking bus and train, especially when you are visiting places such as Ouchijuku or Nisshinkan in the suburbs.
There are sightseeing taxi tour plans by local drivers, which give you an opportunity of mixing with the locals. We, ATIC, also offer a free guided tour in English.
Let’s find best transport to fit your travel plan!

Aizu Bus Co., Ltd.
195, Byakko-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu city
Bus operational hour: 8:00am-5:30pm
TEL: +81(242)-22-5560

Aizu Kotsu Co., Ltd. (Wakamatsu Taxi)
1-83, Higashisakaemachi, Aizu-Wakamatsu city
Taxi operational time: 24 hours
Closed: none

The red bus “Akabe”

The green bus “Haikara-san”

Wakamatsu Taxi is often waiting at the station.

Kyudo Experiece at Aizu-Hanko Nisshinkan

"Kyudo" is the Japanese martial art of archery. Kyudo is originated with the practices of the samurai class in feudal Japan. The children of the Aizu clan practiced it at Nisshinkan that was the highest educational institutions in Aizu. Nisshinkan was established in 1803, and supplied superior human resorces to the country.
Now you can easily experience Kyudo at Nisshinkan that is also a popular sightseeing spot in Aizu. Kyudo is more like a spiritual discipline than a sport which requires concentration in every move. The sense of accomplishment to release an arrow is great even if the arrow doesn’t hit the target. Kyudo is practiced by thousands of people worldwide even out of Japan.
There’s also the kyudo ground with a long distance (28m) ground that is used by a lots of competitors, and is often used for the training camp of schools.

Aizu-Hanko Nisshinkan
10, Takatsukayama, Minamikoya, Kawahigashi-machi, Aizu-Wakamatsu city
Open hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  *Rcpt. closes at 4:30 pm
Charge for experience: 300 yen
*entrance fee (600 yen) is extra.
 (high or middle-school student: 500 yen / elementary school student or less: 450 yen)
*Group discount is available for a group of more than 24 people.
Required time: 10 minutes for one person (a reservation is not necessary.)

*This practice hall (11m) is available only in the winter season. Kyudo experience is usually held at the outdoor practice ground (22m).

Aizu-Hanko Nisshinkan

the Shooting Hall

The bows of Kyudo

Kyudo Experience