Nature Spots in Fukushima Area

  • Abukuma Cave
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    Fukushima Pref. Tamurashi Takinemachisugaya Higashi Busan 1
    This limestone cave was carved out over 80,000,000 years. The 600 meter length is filled with limestone stalactites and stalagmites, creating an enchanting scene. The largest attraction is the 30 meter high grotto, the Takine Palace, filled with limestone formations like the Crystal Curtain, grotto Coral, and more.

    Cost is 1200Yen per adult - average size limestone cave but I have been to better ones in Japan and other countries. Ryusendo and Utsonomiya are way bigger and better. Considering the distance...

  • Lake Inawashiro
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    This massive lake at almost the direct center of Fukushima Prefecture is Japan’s fourth largest in area. It boasts a long history, being used for farm irrigation from the Edo period, and it is spoken of in Kobo Daishi’s Legends of Okinajima. Mt. Bandai stretches to the north, and it is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery including Oshika-zakura cherry and Tatsusawa Virgin Forest, Natural Monuments. There are rental bicycles available at Inawashiro Station and Roadside Station Inawashiro, so you can ride through the beauty of Lake Inawashiro through all four seasons.
  • Goshikinuma Lakes
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
    The Goshikinuma (five-colors) lake group consists of dozens of large and small lakes, such as the Bishamon-numa, the Akanuma, and the Rurinuma. The water color of each lake varies according to the size of the particles in the water. The emerald green or cobalt blue shining water surface is mysteriously beautiful. It takes an hour and a half to stroll along the walking path.
  • Oze National Park
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    Gunma prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Niigata prefecture
    This is the largest high wetland in Honshu also known as the motif of a nationally beloved song, Natsu-no Omoide (“Summer Memories”). It is the 29th national park in Japan and includes Ozegahara. It is home to animals and plants unique to wetlands such as mizubasho (lysichiton americanum or asian skunk cabbage), iris setosa (arctic iris) and ermine as well as alpine plants such as day lilies and gentiana thunbergii. As the whole park area is formed by mountains such as Mt. Kasagatake, Mt. Shibutsu and Mt. Hiuchigatake, climbing equipment and clothes suitable to the season are indispensable. There are three campgrounds in the area and two visitor centers, and it is a base for walking and climbing.
  • To-no-Hetsuri
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Yagoshima Shimoji forest
    A cliff located in Okawa Hatori Prefectural Nature Park in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The area has many natural rock formations which visitors can view up close thanks to a nearby suspension bridge. The cliff was also selected as a National Natural Monument in 1943. Many visitors come here to enjoy the area's seasonal scenery.
  • Lake Hibara
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
    Lake Hibara is the largest lake in the Urabandai area. It has a circumference of 32 kilometers and a maximum depth of 31 meters. The beautiful blue waters offer a gentle surface, and there are sightseeing cruises, campgrounds and walking trails to better enjoy the area. In winter, you can go ice fishing for Japanese pond smelt, so there’s something all year round.
  • Mt. Iimori
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata
    This is the place where the graves of the 19 Byakkotai samurai who fought for the Aizu domain in the Boshin War committed suicide after seeing Tsuruga-jo Castle on fire from this mountain. Mt. Iimori is a low mountain located about two kilometers from the town of Aizu Wakamatsu, and a slop conveyor (moving walkway) at the bottom of the mountain is also available that makes it easy to reach the top.
  • Lake Tagokura
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaiduguntadamimachi Tagokura
    An artificial lake created by the construction of Tagokura Dam located on the Tadami River in Tadami Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. Famous for its char fishing, many fishing lovers come here to enjoy this freshwater fish treasure trove. A paid sightseeing boat, the Blue Lake, also plies the waters. In fall, the autumn foliage of the area reflects beautifully off the surface of the lake, and many tourists visit here to enjoy the sight.
  • Mt. Azuma-kofuji
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    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Tsuchiyuonsenmachi Washokurayama Pure Land Inland
    The 1,707 meter tall Mt. Azuma-kofuji is part of the Azuma Mountain Range. When you look west from the Fukushima city area, it looks like nothing so much as a small version of Mt. Fuji, thus the name of Kofuji. You can take the Bandai Azuma Skyline Drive to the Jododaira parking area, and from there climb the stairs for a clear view of the mortar-shaped crater. If the weather is right, you can see all the way to the Fukushima Basin, and the ease of climb makes it a draw for those wanting an easy hike.
  • Mt. Bandai
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    This is an active volcano located in Inawashiro Town, Yama Country, Fukushima Prefecture, and is designated as one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. It has an altitude of about 1,816 meters. The view from the top of the mountain is wonderful, and you can see the scenery of the mountain foothills, to the huge peaks of the Nasu Mountain Range to Mt. Aizu Komagatake. In the foothills to the south of Lake Inawashiroko, is what is called Omote (the front side) Bandai and to the north is called Ura (behind) Bandai, each with various trekking courses. The Goshikinuma Nature Trek that goes around the mysteriously colored lakes of Ura Bandai, and the Happodai Mountain Climbing Path where the path is not steep and the climb is easy, are popular.
  • Mt. Adatara
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    Fukushima-ken Nihonmatsu-shi Okudake Onsen
    At 1,728 meters high this beautiful mountain was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 mountains and appears in Kotaro Takamura’s poem Portrait of Chieko. It is only 10-minutes to the summit via the Mt. Adatara ropeway. There you can gaze over the Adatara and Zao Mountain Ranges.
  • Oze Marshland
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura Mt.
    A wetlands area located 1,660 meters above sea level in Oze National Park straddling Hinoemata Village, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture and Katashina Village, Tone County, Gunma Prefecture. The area is renowned as the biggest mountain wetlands in Japan. Many visitors come here to walk the marshlands and enjoy area flowers when in season such as Asian skunk cabbages around May and Nikko day lilies around July.
  • Irimizu Cave
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    Fukushima Pref. Tamurashi Takinemachisugaya Dairoku 89-3
    Go to Irimizu Cave to try authentic spelunking. At a total of 900 meters this cave offers three spelunking courses, including a simple one with your casual clothes as well as an orthodox one requiring full lighting equipment. The long tunnels that stretch for tens of meters and large caves are must see sights. This cave has also been designated as an Important Natural Monument of Japan.
  • Oguninuma Wetlands
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
    A wetlands area located on a highland over 1,000 meters above sea level in Kitashiobara Village, Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture. The area is famous for its community of Nikko day lilies, which come into bloom each year from late June to early July. This lily species has been designated a National Natural Monument and many people come here to view the blossoms. During the blooming season, traffic by private vehicles is restricted for environmental conservation reasons, and visitors must take a shuttle bus which runs during this time.
  • Tatsusawa Fudo Falls
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    This waterfall is only a 10-minute walk from Nakanosawa Hot Spring. It got its name after the Fudo River where a Fudoson (god of fire) is enshrined at the mouth of the river. There is a spectacular ‘male’ waterfall that flows down a giant boulder, and an elegant quietly flowing ‘female’ waterfall on the west side, creating a beautiful contrast. Fall is one of the best times to go.
  • Jododaira
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    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Tsuchiyuonsenmachi Washakurayama
    Jododaira is a subalpine plateau on Washikurayama, Tsuchiyu Onsen Town, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture. The coniferous forest and marshland creates a unique landscape. The visitors center is the central location for their five trekking courses which vary from a 20-minute walk to hikes that can take a few hours. There is an observatory that is open every Wednesday and Saturday evening for star gazing. The road is closed from late October to early April due to snow.
  • Mt. Aizu-Komagatake
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura
    A 2,133 meter high mountain located in Oze National Park in Hinoemata Village, Minamiaizu County , Fukushima Prefecture. The mountain is considered one of the 100 most beautiful in Japan. From the top, visitors can get a sweeping view of the mountains of Oze, the Three Mountains of Echigo, and Mt. Hiragatake. Wooden walkways have also been put in place in some areas, and many mountain lovers come here to view alpine plants such as Primula cuneifolia.
  • Lake Akimoto
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    Foshima prefecture Yama-gun, Kitashiobara village/Inawashiro-machi
    A lake located in Bandai-Asahi National Park, a park which spans Kitashiobara Village and Inawashiro Town in Yama County, Fukushima Prefecture. The lake is also known as one of the Three Lakes of Urabandai. Bass fishing is popular here, and the lake has also become a renowned destination for Japanese pond smelt fishing in winter. Finally, the lake is a popular location to take photos, and during the fall foliage season, many amateur photography lovers come here to take pictures of the area just as the sun is rising in the morning.
  • Sanjo Falls
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura Mount Mt.
    "This waterfall on the border of Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls. The falls are on the Tadami River that flows from the Ozegahara Marshland to Lake Okutadami, and a popular trekking route connects it with Hiraname-no-taki Falls. The area's so beautiful that it's been said ""A visit to Ozei isn't complete without seeing Sanjo Falls and Ayamedaira marshlands"" Registered with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Oze is one of Japan's premier high-altitude marshlands. Used as a base for mountain climbing, it's part of Oze National Park, which covers a vast area spanning four prefectures."
  • Urabandai Highland
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    Kitashiobara Village, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
    "Urabandai Highland is a highland area to the north of Mt. Bandai, located around 25 minutes' drive from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange on the Ban-Etsu Expressway. Viewed from the south, Mt. Bandai has a very neat, mountain-like appearance, but the north side has a rough, irregular shape due to sectoral collapse, hence the name ""Urabandai"" (meaning ""Back of Mt. Bandai""). Urabandai is famous for the Goshikinuma lakes and ponds; there are many lakes and ponds, with water that takes a wide range of different colors, including emerald green and cobalt blue. Urabandai is a great place to visit in spring (for the new greenery) and autumn (for the autumn foliage), but it is also well worth seeing in winter, when visitors can enjoy snowshoe-trekking. Special guided tours, available only in winter, take visitors to see Goshikinuma ponds when they are at their most magical and mysterious."

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Fukushima is a blend of fantastic scenery, delectable sake, and kaleidoscopic colors. This nature-rich prefecture displays its splendor from the hidden Abukuma Cave underground right to the top of its sky-high mountain road, known as the Bandai-Azuma Skyline.

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