Bandai-Asahi National Park

A land of shifting volcanoes and ancient flowers

Dewasanzan is famous as a place of mountain worship and has historical appeal. In the Iide and Asahi Mountain Ranges, a highly primitive natural environment has been preserved, and visitors can enjoy the mountainous views surrounded by majestic mountains and the tender beauty of a flower field. The Azuma Mountain Range and the area around Mt. Bandai have dynamic views; lakes and marshes of various sizes have been created by volcanoes and combine with rich forests to create a beautiful landscape with lots of variety.

Visiting Japan's National Parks 

Bandai-Asahi National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and a permit is not required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.

Park Highlights

Since the park covers a vast area of land, there are a wide variety of mountains that can be enjoyed by everyone from beginners to seasoned climbers, and so the park attracts many adventurers.

DON'T MISS

  • Walking along the Goshikinuma Nature Trail
  • Mountain worship at Mt. Bandai
  • A visit to the primeval Japanese beech forest

GOSHIKINUMA NATURE TRAIL

A 4 km long trail is maintained around the lakes and marshes of Goshiki Pond and visitors can enjoy more than 10 different marshes. Depending on the weather and time of day the colors of the marshes change, making this a place visitors want to come to again and again.

MT. BANDAI 

Looming high to the north of Lake Inawashiro, the 1,816 m volcano Mt. Bandai is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. In the folk song Aizu Bandaisan, the mountain is called the mountain of treasures. As a result, it is loved by many as a symbol of Aizu.

LAKE INAWASHIRO

This is the fourth largest lake in Japan. The surface has a mirror-like beauty, which is how it got its other name, “Lake Tenkyo”, or Sky Mirror Lake. Additionally, this lake is famous as the stopover point for migratory birds such as the Tundra swan.

ONSEN (TAKAYU ONSEN AND TSUCHIYU ONSEN)

A number of hot springs are found in the Azuma Mountain Range thanks to the volcanic activity of the region. Takayu and Tsuchiyu onsens are enjoyed by travelers and mountaineers for relaxation.

About the Park 

The Bandai-Asahi National Park covers a vast area from the Dewasanzan, Asahi, Iide and Azuma Mountain Ranges, to Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro. It is Japan’s second largest national park on land.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Date of National Park Designation: September 5, 1950
  • Area: 186,389 ha (1,863.89 square kilometers)
  • Location: Yamagata, Fukushima, Niigata prefectures

PARKS RULES & SAFETY 

As with any national park or conservation area, visitors to Bandai-Asahi National Park are required to observe the following rules for safety and to protect the area's natural biodiversity:

  • Carry in, carry out: Take all of your trash with you.
  • Do not pick wildflowers or damage plants.
  • Do not feed the wild animals.
  • Hunting is not permitted.
  • No fishing unless with a certified guide.
  • No smoking while walking.
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas.
  • Be careful not to injure yourself, and use the park facilities such as the pathways and trails at your own risk.
  • To avoid accidents with bears, make an effort to prevent unexpected bear encounters.
  • Please make sure you use the restrooms before departing on your climb. (Plastic bags for toilets are sold at the rest hut at Kobo Shimizu (Koboshimizugoya and Okabegoya) and visitors may also use the plastic bags for toilets installed at each hut.)