João Alves Pereira F.I.C.C. President
The Japan Autocamping Federation (JAC) is the host and organizer of the 89th International F.I.C.C. Rally that will bring the world’s campers, caravanners and motorcaravanners to the beautiful Ten-ei Village, Iwase-Gun, in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan in 2019.
Fukushima Prefecture, situated in the southern part of the Tohoku region about 200 kilometres from Tokyo, is the third largest prefecture in Japan. While being close to the nation’s capital, traditional Japanese culture still exists there and the Hama-dori district, located in Eastern Fukushima facing the Pacific Ocean, enjoys a mild and very pleasant climate.
The Naka-dori district is a commercial and industrial area with modern transportation systems that include the Shinkansen Line running north and south through its center, as well as highways and Fukushima Airport. The region began to gain importance in the 9th to 12th centuries as one of the centers of Buddhist culture and several of Fukushima’s temples were erected at this time.
The coastal region traditionally specializes in fishing and seafood industries and is noted for its electric and nuclear power-generating industry, while the upland regions are more focused on agriculture. Thanks to Fukushima’s climate, many different varieties of fruits are grown throughout the year. Fukushima also produces sake thanks to locally grown rice and pure water from mountain run-offs. Some sakes from the region are considered so special that they are served to visiting royalty and world leaders.
It is in this superb natural setting, with Lake Hatori in the foreground and Mt. Futamata towering behind, that this F.I.C.C. International Rally will take place. It is a convenient base for a variety of outdoor activities and there is the added bonus of enjoying the local hot springs as well.
As usual the Organisers are preparing a very special program of activities for campers of all ages that you will certainly enjoy and remember for many years.
I would like to express our sincerest thanks to the sponsors who are supporting this F.I.C.C. Rally and to the organisers, the Japan Autocamping Federation, as well as to all those many volunteers who are helping to prepare this F.I.C.C. Rally.
On behalf of the F.I.C.C., I extend a hearty welcome to you all and hope to see you at this International Rally. I believe that all camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning enthusiasts will return home from this beautiful venue and region with great memories. So let’s enjoy our leisure time together with our many camping friends in Ten-ei Village, Fukushima Prefecture – Japan!
I wish you an unforgettable time in Japan!