Hiking information and exhibits about the Urabandai Highland
Urabandai Visitor Center provides information on enjoying the lake-dotted Urabandai Highland. The staff can give you guidance about nearby trails and the Goshikinuma Ponds, one of Urabandai's most scenic spots. Each pond is a different color, which changes with the weather and time of day.
The center features exhibits based on the national park's ecosystems. The waterfront section introduces aquatic plants and animals that live in the three-hundred-plus lakes and ponds of Urabandai. The forest section talks about how the region's forests have transformed, and the plants and animals you can find there. The plains section shows the evolution of the terrain and wildlife, with a diorama showing how the land changed in the aftermath of the 1888 eruption of Mount Bandai. You can get a sense of the park throughout the year by watching the center's twenty-minute informational video showcasing the natural beauty of Urabandai Highland through the four seasons.
The Urabandai Visitor Center also hosts events and craft workshops. There is a craft corner where you can paint pictures of local animals or create a pin badge to take home with you. (The pin badge activity requires a small fee to cover the cost of materials.) Other events include guided outdoor excursions, depending on the season. You can also rent hiking equipment such as long-boots, bear bells, snowshoes and binoculars.
|Open||9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (April 1 – November 31), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (December 1 – March 31)|
|Closed||Tuesdays (or the following day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year's holidays and national holidays (excluding holidays in May, July, and August)|
|Cost||Free of charge (some programs may charge a fee)|
|Address||Kengamine Hibara 1093, Kitashiobara Village, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture|