Meiji Restoration

Meiji Restoration one of the most important historical events in the history of Japan. It starts around the middle of 19th century to the end of the century. It is the end of Edo period, the era of Samurai and Shogun, and the Modernization of Japan. The act of the restoration begins with the revolution against Tokugawa Government, a.k.a. Tokugawa Shogunate, and restore the power and authority of the emperor. The lords of Satsuma, Chosyu, and Tosa take lead of the revolution and Meiji Empeor is the center of the restoration. It was the last huge civil war in Japan between Shogun v.s. the Emperor. Shinsengumi, one of the most famous Samurai force, takes an active part of this historical events. They fight for Shogun against new government. They proof that Shinsengumi was the strongest Samura in that period. The new government also makes many heroes, such as Sakamoto Ryoma, Saigo Takamori, Kido Takayoshi and Okubo Toshimichi. When the last Shogun, Yoshinobu
give the political force and right back the the emperor, the restoration is over, and it turns to Boshin War, the civil war between old Samruai v.s. new Meiji Government.


The graves of Byakko-tai

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The graves of Byakko-tai (白虎隊の墓) is one of the most visited spots in Aizu-Wakamatsu. It is located in the middle of Mt. Iinuma. Byakko-tai is Samurai unit consisted of 16 to 17 years old in Boshin War in 1868. The story of Byakko-Tai is one of the biggest tragedy happened in that War. Today, there are about 2 million visitors in this place.

Tourist Info.
There is a parking and restroom.
There is a payed escalator.

0. at Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle
1. use local bus to Iinumayamashita
2. walk (5 min.)