33 Kannon and the Legend of Akabeko, day trip course

  • Western area

Visit the Kubota 33 Kannon in Yanaizu Town and enjoy the Center of Buddhism’s legend of Akabeko and the Okuaizu area.


11:00 Depart from Aizu-Yanaizu Station

Yanaizu Town

Also known as the “Mawari Kannon”, these 33 stone statues of Kannon stand on a low hill in the Kubota region. A rare “Virgin Mary Kannon” holding a cross can be seen here.


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Mishima Town

Michi-no-Eki Ozekaido Mishimajuku is a Michi-no-Eki(Roadside Rest House) in Mishima Town off of National Route 252. After enjoying a meal full of flavorful Aizu brand-certified chicken bred in Mishima Town, visit the exhibit/sales corner that features the best Aizu princess tree wood goods in Japan and nationally designated traditional Okuaizu woven handcraft goods. The produce corner full of locally-sourced wild vegetables is also popular.

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Mishima Town

JR Tadami Line is a local train line known for its beautiful views of the Tadamigawa River and steep mountains, gaining it first place in Tracks with Beautiful Fall Scenery and third place in Local Lines with Beautiful Winter Scenery. Anyone, especially railway lovers, will feel like excited enough to raise their voices when they see the sight from the viewpoint overlooking the Daiichi Kyoryo (Tadami River First Bridge). If you climb about 10 minutes on foot up the mountain ridge from Michi-no-Eki Ozekaido Mishimajuku, you will reach the viewpoint, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the railway bridge and the surrounding nature. Even without a high-spec camera, visitors can capture the beauty of this view well with any digital camera or smartphone. Trains cross the bridge daily at 9:05 a.m., 9:17 a.m., 1:08 p.m., 2:28 a.m., and 3:59 p.m.

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Yanaizu Town

Enzo-ji Temple is an ancient temple standing alongside the Tadamigawa River, which flows through Yanaizu Town. It is said to have been built by Tokuitsu, the Father of Aizu Buddhism.
It is also said to be the birthplace of the traditional Aizu toy known as Akabeko. Legend says that when a great earthquake destroyed the temple’s main hall, a herd of red cattle appeared to help rebuild it, and the Akabeko(red cattle) toy based on them became a symbol of change, perseverance, and power in addition to bringing luck.


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16:00 Arrive at Aizu-Yanaizu Station

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