Walking around Goshiki-numa
Goshiki-numa is a must-visit scenic spot in Urabandai. It is officially called Goshiki-numa Ponds, collectively referring to nearly 30 lakes and ponds, large and small. Literally meaning ponds with five different colors, the name refers to the many different colors displayed. Each beautiful pond is a different color of emerald green, cobalt blue and more. The mysterious view spreads before you. The view may vary depending on the season, time, angle, volcanic substances in the water and other variables. Goshiki-numa Ponds Nature Trail is 3.6 kilometers or 2.23 miles one-way. Walk along the entire trail in slightly less than an hour and a half. Trek on the trail in spring, after the snow melts, and enjoy watching wild birds.
Enjoy Mt. Bandai from different angles: activities at Lake Hibara
Ride a cruiser and experience the panoramic view
Ride a cruiser and experience the panoramic view of the landscape, including Mt. Bandai. Reflections of the numerous mountains on Lake Hibara provide a different sight from how they look on the ground (late April to early November).
Kayak with a guide
How about canoeing on the lake? Even if you have never canoed, a guide will join you in a two-person kayak. On the lake, relax and view the traces of the eruption of Mt. Bandai nearly 100 years ago. Late April to late October *A reservation is required.
View from the suspension bridge
The nature trail around Lake Hibara, the largest lake in Urabandai, has the only suspension bridge in the region. The bridge commands an expansive and spectacular view. It takes nearly 70 minutes to walk the entire trail, which is smooth and well-paved overall, making it easy for walking.
Bass and smelt fishing
Bass fishing in Lake Hibara is also enjoyable. From a boat, wait for the bass to take the bait as you enjoy the spectacular view. This is a popular destination among bass fishermen (however, bringing live bass home is prohibited). Tents or houseboats are available for smelt fishing in November and December. Cast your line from the icy surface of the lake from January to March.
Gaze at the starry sky from the campsite
Join your friends and family in cooking and in outdoor activities in Lake Hibara. Then gaze at the wondrous starry sky.
Drive on the skyline road
Climb Mt. Bandai
Mt. Bandai is regarded as one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. The Happodai Entrance Course has a smaller gap in height between the lowest point and the top of the mountain. Even beginning climbers can enjoy the experience as long as they are appropriately prepared for mountain climbing. Recommended courses for full-fledged climbers include entrances to Inawashiro and Urabandai. The former commands a view of Lake Inawashiro, one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan and arguably home to the highest-quality water in the country, while the latter is characterized by a panoramic view of the ponds and the crater wall on the way to the entrance.
Beautiful route for driving
Driving along the Bandaisan Goldline allows you to enjoy the cliff of Mt. Bandai’s explosion crater and the beautiful and clear Lake Inawashiro, among many others. It features numerous scenic locations. For example, the Nametaki and Tobitaki Falls flow through the cherry trees and autumn leaves and appear different in each season (mid-April to mid-November). Bandai-Azuma Skyline is characterized by the panoramic course that extends as if weaving through the mountains. Also referred to as “the sky-running road,” Bandai-Azuma Skyline is also one of the 100 best roads in Japan (early April to mid-November).
Rent a bicycle and feel the wind
Renting a bicycle gives you another way to appreciate the spectacular sights. Do a circuit of Lake Hibara and take the vehicles’ routes. Feel the wind while the spectacular landscapes come into view, one after another. It can only be experienced on a bicycle.
Broad dwarf day lilies in Oguninuma Swamp
Oguninuma Swamp must be counted as one of the spectacular views. Its plants are designated as a national natural treasure. In particular, the broad dwarf day lilies provide a wonderful view from late June to early July. Looking like a yellow carpet, the day lilies are popular among hikers and photographers.
Ride the panorama gondola and enjoy autumn leaves
Nakatsugawa Valley, famous for autumn leaves
In Nakatsugawa Valley, beeches, chestnuts, maples and other trees take on a burning red color, creating a breathtaking view. The Nakatsu River streams through the trees. The contrast between the blue, clear water and the autumn leaves is a lot of fun for sightseers. Of course, the valley can also be viewed while trekking and from Bandai-Azuma Lakeline, one of the driving routes nearby. The magnificent view from the Lakeline is a gathering place for photographers. From the panorama gondola of Grandeco, 1,400 meters above sea level, see the autumn leaves of Urabandai.
Detailed information about Grandeco panorama gondola
Grandeco panorama gondola: Contact the hotel for information about operating days and hours.
Cherry blossom festival in early May
Appreciate the late spring cherry blossoms in Urabandai
Prunus sargentii blooms all over the mountain pass of Sakuratoge, with 2,001 cherry trees. April is the best time to see cherry blossoms on the flat land around Urabandai. On Sakuratoge, however, cherry blossoms bloom later, around early May. This is when the cherry blossom festival is held with nearly 3,000 cherry trees in full bloom. Many visitors attend, who receive hospitality such as a cup of amazake.