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Koriyama (郡山) is a city in Fukushima, Japan.


Kōriyama originated as a regional governmental center in the Nara period, when the area was on the frontier of Yamato settlement of the Tohoku region. The surrounding area developed into shōen controlled by various samurai clans in the Heian and Kamakura periods. Nearby centers, such as Nihonmatsu developed into castle towns, Kōriyama remained as a commercial center and thrived as a post town because of its importance as a traffic focal point into the Edo period. As a major military equipment production center, Koriyama was subject to three large-scale air raids during WW2.

Kōriyama city is called the "commercial capital in Fukushima".

Tourist information site[edit]

The local tourist association has a Japanese-only guide site. Its Pamphlet section contains some materials in English.

Get in[edit]

Koriyama is the largest city in Fukushima Prefecture and has good rail, road and bus networks linking it to Tokyo in the south and other parts of Tohoku to the north and west.

The Tohoku Shinkansen is the fastest way to get to and from Tokyo (80 minutes, ¥7970), as well as other major cities in Tohoku, such as Fukushima and Sendai (40 minutes, ¥5240).

The Tohoku Main Line follows a similar route to the Shinkansen, and though cheaper, it is much slower and trains run far less regularly.

The West Ban'etsu Line connects Koriyama with Niigata in the west, travelling via the Mount Bandai region.

There are also buses linking Koriyama with Tokyo and Narita Airport.

Koriyama is situated on the Tohoku Expressway, with interchanges at Koriyama and Koriyama Minami.

The nearest airport, Fukushima Airport, is in Sukagawa city, about 20km to the south. Fukushima Airport has daily flights to Okinawa, Osaka and Sapporo, with less frequent international flights to Seoul and Shanghai.

Get around[edit]

Map of Koriyama




There are many department stores and shops in front of Kōriyama Station.


Kourakuen ramen

Kourakuen (幸楽苑), a large chain of cheap ramen shops, is based in the city.




Go next[edit]

Routes through Koriyama
SendaiFukushima  N  S  Shin-ShirakawaTokyo
Fukushima ← Nihonmatsu ←  N  S  SukagawaUtsunomiya
NiigataAizu-Wakamatsu  W  E  Iwaki
Fukushima ← Nihonmatsu ←  N  S  SukagawaUtsunomiya

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