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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.