Hike Volcanoes, Traverse Wetlands, and Soak in Hot Springs
Visit Jododaira to explore in stunning natural wonders and take in panoramic views that change with the seasons
Nature lovers will not want to miss the chance to trek the mountain and wetland trails of Jododaira, within the Bandai-Asahi National Park. A wealth of guidance on the mountain trails, nature sightseeing routes is available at the Joudodaira Visitor center, so visitors of all experience levels can find activities to suit. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the verdant mountains, forests, and marshlands on the various courses. Admire the sapphire water gardens of the marshlands from atop a volcano, trek to majestic waterfalls, or take a stroll along the boardwalks.
Jododaira also features the Bandai Azuma Skyline, which is remarkably beautiful. Also enjoyable by car, motorcyclists often speak of the beauty of the road, passing flourishing green foliage in the spring and summer, and fiery bursts of reds and yellows that can be seen in the fall.
At the end of your expedition through Jododaira’s treasure trove of natural wonders, rest up at the Takayu Onsen, a hot spring village at the foot of the mountains. Choose from a number of rustic inns built in traditional Japanese architectural styles, and rejuvenate your body and mind with a soak in the free-flowing waters, with each inn offering a different hot spring experience. Let the waters, milky turquoise and rich with natural minerals, warm up your body as you gaze out at the mountains.
Access: From Tokyo Station, take the shinkansen bullet train to Fukushima Station, about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Take a bus to Takayu Onsen, about 40 minutes.
approx. 60 min. or more