Enjoy the free foot bath at peaceful Kyu Horikiri-tei, Fukushima
Today's blog is about Kyu Horikiri-tei, a beautiful Japanese-style residence with gardens and open air footbath (足湯). At the time of discovery I was exploring Fukushima and the surrounding area. On a cold, rainy day I heard about this little footbath and considering it is less known and fairly easy to get to. So, et myself the mission… head to Iizaka (飯坂町) and find the Kyu Hokiri-tei. Let’s go!
This building dates back to the 16th century and was the former Horikiri Residence. During the Edo period the Horikiri family contributed massively to the economy and local population. A huge famine was sweeping the name so as the Horikiri family gained wealth they supported the local famers.
In total, the residence area equates to about 4,000 sq/m. Admittedly I went when it was hammering down with rain, but even so i was struck with the beauty of the Japanese gardens and the buildings in general. The kind caretakers even lent us umbrellas to stroll around the town.
Visitors can explore the inner-workings of the traditional Japanese-style home. The on-site storage house from 1775 has been designated a Fukushima City tangible Cultural Property. Inside, you’ll see depictions of life during that period of residence, it’s like a mini museum.
Now, that's all well and good, but in actuality i really came only for the foot bath. A weary traveler will never miss the opportunity to enjoy an relaxing and free foot bath, right?
Oh my gosh, I loved that the foot bath was positioned so that you could look out and enjoy the pretty Japanese garden. I am sure that it is beautiful during every season. It is also particularly pretty at night, just get there before the closing time of 9pm.
If you find yourself in Fukushima be sure to rest those weary legs and feet at the Kyu Horikiri-tei. Spend time talking to the caretakers, as they are very knowledgeable about the local history. If you want to be sure to also spend time at the Iizaka Onsen which is nearby.
From Fukushima Station: Take the Iizaka Line (飯坂線) and disembark at Iizaka Onsen Station (飯坂温泉駅)