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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

FUKUSHIMA Lake Inawashiro

Heaven's mirror lake and Fukushima's Mt. Fuji

Mt. Bandai is famed for closely resembling Mt. Fuji. It reflects brilliantly onto the crystal-clear water of Lake Inawashiro, known as “Heaven's Mirror Lake.” With a host of activities to enjoy in its unmatched nature, the area around Lake Inawashiro is memorable during any season.

Don't Miss

  • Skiing at Mt. Bandai
  • The spectacular autumn colors

How to Get There

The best way to see Mt. Bandai, Lake Inawashiro and surrounding areas is by rental car.

However, there are other options available. If staying at a hotel, it might be worth checking to see if you can use a shuttle service from Koriyama Station, the closest Shinkansen stop. Otherwise, transfer at Koriyama Station to Inawashiro Station via the 40-minute rapid train towards Aizu-Wakamatsu. From there you can walk, bus or taxi to nearby facilities.

Visiting in spring

Visit during spring, and you may be surprised to still find snow on Mt. Bandai. Urabandai, the back of the mountain, will even have ski resorts still open.

As the weather heats up, eventually the area's greenery and few cherry blossoms spring to life. While you're there be sure to visit the “Oshika Zakura” elk cherry tree at Iwahashi Shrine, considered one of the Aizu district's five famous cherry trees. It is well worth the 3.5-kilometer trip from Inawashiro Station for blossom lovers.

Visiting in summer

The Summer months are slightly cooler here than the rest of Fukushima Prefecture. If you are feeling hot, go for a refreshing swim in the transparent lake. Or rent sports equipment to go fishing, boardsailing, or water skiing around the northern Nagahama shore. And if you're feeling hungry, enjoy slurping down some chilled soba noodles, which are made using the area's delicious natural underground water.

Visiting in autumn

Lake Inawashiro is well-known as an excellent place to view autumn leaves. Trek through the fiery yellows, oranges, and reds of the mountains at Goshikinuma, or sit back and enjoy the colors at the “Five Colored Ponds.”

The whole area is a collection of 30 marshes and lakes, and as such provides the perfect aesthetic contrast for which to compare the colors of the leaves with the naturally occurring reds, yellows, blues and greens of the landscape.

And when you're done exploring, you can then escape the cooler weather or rest after a long day in one of the area's several hot springs.

Visiting in winter

Chill out during the long winter season at the adjacent 1,430-meter-high Mt. Bandai. Gear up with skis or a snowboard for the Alts Bandai or Inawashiro ski resorts on the front side of the mountain and admire the lake from this improved vantage point.

Or you could alternatively tackle Urabandai, the back of the mountain, open from early December to early May. Grandeco Snow Resort is known for its high-quality snow while Urabandai Nekoma resort is better if you want a more manageably-sized resort.

Stop by the Noguchi Hideyo Memorial Hall

An interesting side attraction is a museum dedicated to the man on the 1,000-yen note. Learn about the life and achievements of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928) famous for his research on yellow fever. Step inside his parents' home to view some of the personal items from his life and gain a unique insight into the life of the famous scientist.

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