Recommended route from the Tokyo to Aizu
The route from Utsunomiya, the starting point for traffic from the Tokyo metropolitan area to the Tohoku region, to Inawashiro and Urabandai, passing through Nikko, Ouchi-juku and Aizuwakamatsu.
In Nikko, you can enjoy the beauty of nature such as Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji, as well as historical sites registered as World Heritage Sites such as Nikko Toshogu, where Ieyasu Tokugawa is enshrined.
From Nikko to Aizu Wakamatsu via Ouchi-juku, the Aizu-Nishi Kaido Road was once used by the daimyo of the Tohoku region as a ancient main road connecting Edo and Tohoku.
On the way to Ouchi-juku, you can see the atmosphere of the old post town and the life of the people in those days, and you can say that it is the original scenery of Japan.
Also, if you drive along the road that weaves through the steep mountains along the Kinugawa and Agagawa valleys, you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery from the window of the car in each season.
Utsunomiya can be reached by Shinkansen from Tokyo Station or by airport bus from Haneda, Narita, and Ibaraki international airports. From Utsunomiya, you can rent a car and enjoy the drive.